Wright Comes Up Big Again

PARIS, Ky. --- Brandan Wright made his presence felt from the opening tip of Brentwood Academy's game against Scott County. Wright scored at will against the Cardinals and managed 31 points, 8 boards and 5 blocks in the 75-71 win.

While his defense was a major factor in his game last night, today it was the instant offense he provided whenever his team needed a big bucket. Around the basket he was nearly automatic, whether it was a short jump hook or a free throw line jumper.

"Overall I played all right," the North Carolina signee said after getting the game MVP. "I did a lot of small things and I tried to be productive."

With Brentwood down seven at the start of the fourth quarter, Wright really showed his dominance. In the first minute of the period he scored six points on two and-1 moves in the paint. A few possessions later Wright drove from the top of the key into the lane and finished with a nice finger roll over two defenders.

"We just tried to get me the ball wherever," Wright said of the fourth quarter. "We just tried to get it to me. If I got double teamed it would open up a pass to someone else. I was the main focus in the fourth quarter."

The 6-foot-9 power forward did seem to take a few defensive possessions off and stood around and watched a little too much. But he did play two highly competitive games in consecutive days. When he wants to assert himself on the defensive end, it's very hard for any post player to get a shot over him.

Wright did provide quite a few great dunks in the game as well, including a two-handed dunk on the break. He likes to extend his arms as high as possible and throw it down with two hands -- that seems to be his signature dunk.

Brentwood barely escaped with a win on Friday night and Saturday night's game was even closer. Wright attributed seeing a pressing team a day before to helping them get the win Saturday night.

"This team was similar to last night. We came out with intensity and we overall played harder especially in the fourth quarter."

Brentwood is off until the City of Palms event in Florida on December 17th. Stay tuned to Inside Carolina for coverage of that event.

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