Aaren Edmead, Rome Jenkins, Keith Williams drive Deer Park in fourth-quarter comeback
After sinking consecutive three-pointers that lit the fuse, Deer Park point guard Aaren Edmead made a move that blew the joint up.
The junior drove hard to the basket, started to shoot with his right hand, then switched to his left in mid-air. He banked in the shot, drew a foul and completed the three-point play.
Deer Park will face Northport in the county final at 7:30 Tuesday night at Longwood.
"I knew I had to hit big shots," said Edmead, who had 22 points. "We lost to Floyd in this [semifinal] game last year and I didn't want to let our seniors down."
Two of those seniors helped the Falcons (17-4) outscore the Indians 26-8 in the fourth quarter. Rome Jenkins scored eight of his 18 and Keith Williams six of his 17.
Femi Olujobi scored 17 and Mike Almonacy 14 for Brentwood (18-3).
"That's who we are," Deer Park coach John McCaffrey said. "All year long, we've played well in the fourth quarter. Brentwood is a fantastic team. They spurt you so well with their fast break. But we finally got back in transition and then Aaren took over. He's as good as any guard in the county."
It didn't look like a Deer Park night after Marcus Cureton's three-pointer gave Brentwood a 58-50 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter. But Deer Park started converting second-chance opportunities around the basket and Edmead either scored or drove and kicked to an open shooter.
"I'm usually looking to attack and kick it to the big men," Edmead said of Jenkins and Carrel Joseph (12 points). "I'm the point guard. I'm like the quarterback on a football team. But they went into a zone and I was able to get some open shots.
"Effort-wise, this was the best fourth quarter ever."
It was pretty conclusive on the scoreboard, too.