McGavock’s season ended last Saturday night at John Overton High School as the Raiders lost to Brentwood 73-66.
After winning the district tournament and getting the No. 1 seed, McGavock could not finish off Brentwood in the first round of the region tournament.
The Bruins got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 15-4 run in the first five minutes.
After the first period, the Raiders settled down and held a one-point lead at halftime. A Zion Hicks’ three-pointer pushed the McGavock lead to eight points with 2:25 to go in the third.
It looked as if the Raiders may continue to build on the lead and put the game away in the fourth. But Brentwood came back shooting. An 8-0 Bruin run tied the game early in the fourth.
Brentwood has a different style than the teams McGavock faced in district play. The Bruins are smaller but can shoot and pass the ball well. A couple threes went down late, but they were able to get into the lane to set up scoring chances.
McGavock head coach Paul Childress said, “The crazy thing about tonight is that I thought they penetrated the basketball a lot better and scored at the rim more than I’d seen them do on film.”
Later in the fourth, Brentwood went on a 12-3 run, which included three huge threes in transition. The Bruins’ lead was six, but the Raiders did not give up.
McGavock was able to cut the lead to two multiple times in the final two minutes, but Brentwood gave the Raiders no room to complete the comeback, going 18-for-20 from the line in the final quarter.
This disappointing ending is not what the Raiders wanted nor saw coming. Just four days after an incredible, historic district championship win, the run was over. There are 11 seniors on the roster, so for most of the team, their high school careers ended last Saturday night.
“It’s tough, man,” Childress said. “Eleven seniors – I’m proud of them for having the special district tournament championship. We’ve had a few really good days of prep and fellowship with each other. The team has gelled, and the chemistry has been great, especially the last couple weeks.”
It will be hard for Childress to see his seniors leave. Some were mainstays in the program for the last couple years, and others have come on later in the season.
But Childress said what he’ll remember of the senior class is who they are off the court and in school.
“We got a good group of kids who are respected by their peers and teachers and coaches in the building. We got kids who are there every day and don’t get in trouble. [They are] just a good group who you like to be around, and you’re proud to coach.
“You always have people coming up and telling you how good your kids are. That’s great to hear as a coach.”
Brentwood (73): John Windley 23, Evan Drennan 15, Griffin Burke 12, Mace Redner 10, Jake Brock 8 and Aaron Walton 5.
McGavock (66): Marvin Hughes 27, Dylan Wade 11, Monte’ Streate 10, Mike Dowlen 7, Zion Hicks 6 and Devion Jones 5.