BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTOS BY DEB SCALLY
Late into the fourth quarter of the Brentwood Bruins basketball season opener against Ensworth, a shoe flew off an unsuspecting Bruin.
He rushed over, popped the sneaker back on his foot and hustled to take care of the remaining time on the clock.
Truth be told, this was about the only Brentwood misstep Tuesday night as the team took in its 61-46 win over the Tigers.
The team got out to a hot start, built up a 30-11 lead at half and never looked back.
Ensworth kept things interesting into the last two quarters by finding more offensive success, but the Bruins never gave up their roughly 20-point lead throughout and soundly claimed the first win of the season.
“For our first night out, especially first half, I thought we did a really good job,” head coach Greg Shirley said of the victory. “People don’t realize how athletic we are. The best is yet to still come. I’m very proud of us.
“There are a lot of things we can continue to work at and continue to improve on.”
Shirley noted the Tigers’ second-half scoring success as something his defense can key in on for the future in amending.
“We’ve always been one of the top four or five schools in the state as far as defensive scoring average,” Shirley said.
Senior forward Ben Mills led the Bruins in scoring with 16 on the night, while senior guard Jack Thurman and sophomore guard John Windley each had 13.
“It feels great,” Thurman said of getting back out on the court and being able to put forth such a complete team effort.
“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a couple months now, and to get back on the floor and really do some damage feels good.”
The Bruins are back in action Thursday against visiting Clarkesville.