BA Boys Basketball Brings Home 6th State Championship

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After rallying from a 17-point deficit to top Christian Brothers last season, the Eagles avoided the drama this season in a demolition of the Ensworth Tigers, 82-49. The win gave Brentwood Academy their sixth boys’ basketball state championship in school history.

While BA gave up size to the Tigers inside, the Eagles’ small lineup used a hot shooting night to get out to an early lead. After giving up the first basket to the Tigers, Brentwood Academy took the lead and never looked back. On the night, the Eagles shot better than 63% from the field. The Eagles also outrebounded the Tigers 33-28. Defensively, BA held Ensworth to 37% shooting on the night, including a paltry 2-18 from beyond the arc.

“I thought we were really good defensively,” said BA head coach Hubie Smith. “We had a little different game plan than we’ve had the last two games. We really centered in on Bone and Cambridge, trying to limit their shots and IMG_2820drives. Between the two of them, [they had] 15 points. That’s a terrific job. Our kids executed really well. I’m really proud of them.”

Jeremiah Oatsvall led all scorers on the night with 20 points. He would be named tournament MVP for the second consecutive year, awards which are sandwiched around his Blue Cross Bowl MVP as well. Oatsvall was one of four Eagles named to the All-Tournament team. Oatsvall was joined by his teammates; Darius Garland, who finished the night with 18 points, Camron Johnson, who had 16 points, and Parker Suedekum, who added 7 points in the title game.

“The credit goes to my teammates. I guess it’s more fun. Particularly with the big crowd and the big lights. It motivates you to step up your game,” added Oatsvall.

As good as Brentwood Academy has been this season, they look to be even better next season. The Eagles lose only one of their top eight contributors from this years’ team. Mr. Basketball finalist Darius McFarland, along with Oatsvall and Johnson, look to lead the Eagles back to Allen Arena next season.

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