Longtime rivals Brentwood and Crossroads will meet in boys’ basketball Friday night, and the plot has a new twist.
Crossroads, a perrenial power that has sent numerous players on to college teams and a couple – Baron Davis and Austin Croshere – to the NBA is having an off-year with a 2-12 record.
Brentwood has done considerably better – a 9-9 record – although it lost to Olympic League powers Montclair Prep (60-44) and Campbell-Hall (72-53) last week.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Crossroads. The teams will play again February 7 at Brentwood.
Crossroads has a league win over last place Kilpatrick but doesn’t have a senior on the team and none of the Roadrunners are over 6-foot-3. Brentwood has 6-foot-9 Andreas Schreiber and 6-6 Ryan Winn.
The teams have met once this season. Brentwood won, 75-43 in the Pacific Shores Tournament in Redondo Beach.
A capacity crowd turned out at Brentwood last Friday. The fans were ready and the gym was loud but the mood changed when Campbell Hall raced to a 20-2 lead. The teams played on even terms the rest of the way as Campbell-Hall cruised to the win.
Schreiber, who has committed to the University of Pennsylvania next season, averages 16 points per game but was ineffective and spent long stretches on the bench.
Campbell Hall’s brother combination of Jrue and Justin Holiday dominated the play inside and Joel Meyers, son of the Lakers’ television announcer of the same name, directed the offense. The elder Joel Meyers and his wife were in attendance, as was former Laker star James Worthy.