After watching Summit’s girls earn their first-ever win over Brentwood, the Spartans’ boys followed a similar script to do the same.
Both teams needed fourth-quarter rallies to beat the Bruins Tuesday night.
Summit’s boys rallied from a seven-point deficit to defeat host Brentwood 58-54 for the Spartans’ first win over the Bruins in the five-year history of the program.
“That was a great win for us,” Summit coach Chris Ladd said. “We had a little extra on the line tonight. We wanted to make sure we did that. Brentwood’s got a good team. We had to fight to the very end.”
Summit (12-2, 1-1 District 11-AAA) is off to its best start in school history and the Spartans have won three of their last five after opening the season with a nine-game winning streak.
Brentwood’s Toe Bautista held John Carter 12 points below his scoring average, but the 6-foot-3 forward came through when the game was on the line.
Carter hit a 3-pointer with 2:40 left to narrow the deficit to 54-52 and Collin Hensel’s foul shot 38 seconds later cut the margin to one.
Tai Carter stole the ensuing inbounds pass and John Carter made two free throws to give the Spartans a 55-54 lead with 1:56 left.
John Carter added another foul shot to increase Summit’s lead to two as he finished with 11 points. Jaden Lewis’ two free throws with 37.5 seconds left finished the scoring.
“We stepped it up on defense,” John Carter said. “We got stop after stop and then on the other end we got some points from the free-throw line because they fouled us, but basically it was our defense that brought us back.”
Carter didn’t get frustrated even though Brentwood’s defense focused on containing him.
“They were face guarding me,” Carter said. “Everywhere I went, they had a guy on me no matter what their defense was. They weren’t helping off me. I just have to be patient because I know being face guarded you’re not going to be able to do what you regularly do. So I just have to let the game come to me and it did tonight late.”
Lewis led the Spartans with 14 points and Hensel added 10.
“John, he had a lot of attention from (Brentwood),” Ladd said. “They were doing a good job of bottling him up and we got him loose a little bit there at the end. His teammates did a good job of finding him. If we can get him open, there’s nobody I’d rather have take the shot than him. He’s a great shooter, a great player.”
Brentwood (4-12, 0-2) lost its fifth straight, but three of those defeats were by two points or less.
Linden Hardee, a 6-4 forward, led the Bruins with 14 points.
“We played well for about 28, 29 minutes and then there at the end we weren’t really on the same page,” Hardee said. “We (had) a few turnovers and they found a way to win. I thought (Toe) did a really good job on (Carter) for pretty much the entire game. He did get open that one time, but that was kind of a miscommunication. He came off a screen. He’s a great player and he hit an open shot and it was a big one.”
Reed Smith added 13 points for the Bruins and Bautista had 10.
Summit went to a full-court pressure defense after Brentwood built its lead to seven points with three minutes left.
“We were a little tentative there and we just got careless with the ball,” Bautista said. “And they started hitting some shots and we just kind of fell apart at the end there. I wanted to make John work for everything he got instead of just shooting open 3’s. He’s really physical. He’s scrappy. It’s hard to stay in front of him. He’s always moving.”
Nine of Brentwood’s losses have been by six points or less under first-year coach Greg Shirley, who replace Dennis King after he retired. King led the Bruins to a state runner-up showing in his final season.
“Real tough,” Shirley said. “We’ve lost a lot of close games. We’ve played a lot of good basketball and haven’t finished some of the games.”
King led Brentwood to the past three Class AAA tournaments. Shirley led Boone (Orlando, Fla.) to the Class 8A state tournament last season.
“The last four years in Florida the team I was (with) was ranked top 10 in the state in the highest classification,” Shirley said. “So I still believe that we’re right there on the edge of doing something special.”
Brentwood will get another tough test Friday at Independence. The Eagles improved to 14-1 Tuesday with a victory over Ravenwood.
Summit hosts Franklin on Friday.