“Got to give Brenton Scott big credit to just always being able to play his role,” Northrop head coach Barak Coolman said. “He sacrifices a lot for his brother and his brother knows it, and they appreciate each other, but Brenton stepped up and shot extremely well and shot the way he's capable of.”
Brenton's hot third quarter came on the heels of Bishop Luers struggling with the absence of James Blackmon Jr. in the second quarter. After the Knights fell behind 15-9 in the first quarter, Blackmon made a few baskets and threes, and the game was tied at 27-27 in the second quarter.
Then Blackmon got his second foul and Northrop went on a 15-6 run to pull away.
"He (Blackmon Jr.) was aggressive, and when you get two fouls, that takes your aggression away, but we have to make that adjustment,” Bishop Luers coach James Blackmon said.
The closest the Knights would come in the second half was seven points, despite putting Northrop into foul trouble early in the third quarter. The Bruins had four team fouls in the first 1:30 in the second half, and the Knights were in the bonus with three minutes left in the third quarter. Even with the discrepancy, the Scott brothers were too much for the Knights to pull closer.
“At the beginning of the game, me and Bryson were talking, you know, going against James (Blackmon Jr.) is always a good challenge for us, and we always want to bring our ‘A' game against Luers and we know we have to,” Brenton Scott said.
Their "A" game was needed as Blackmon did his part for Bishop Luers. He finished with 23 points on the night. Still, that effort wasn't enough to keep the bragging rights between the close friends away from the duo.
“James and Bryson were together last night, and that's always fun when you compete against friends,” Coolman said. “These guys grew up together, playing with each other and against each other their whole lives. It's why you come, and that's why they wanted to be able to say they won the holiday tournament.”
The win gave Northrop its second consecutive title and its ninth title overall. That mark ties the Bruins with South Side for most of any individual school. It's just another historic mark for the brothers who are making plenty of them.
"It's a great feeling, and we wanted to show we are the No.1 team,” Bryson Scott said. “Now we really want to win the SAC, and we've got more to prove.”