By CHIP CIRILLO
Brentwood’s captain missed much of the game with a sprained ankle, but the Bruins still found a way to win.
Harry Lackey scored 16 points, filling the void left by David Windley’s departure in a 48-45 win at Summit on Tuesday night.
Windley injured his ankle with 38.7 seconds left in the first half before returning late.
“That was scary because he’s having an amazing year, averaging 20 a game,” Bruins coach Greg Shirley said. “He’s the leader of everything. Harry came up with two big free throws there at the end.”
Brentwood (9-1, 4-0 District 11-AAA) extended its win streak to six games.
Jack Thurman added 12 points for the Bruins.
Lackey scored the game’s last two points at the foul line with 17.9 seconds left.
“It feels great, especially because last year we played them twice and lost to them both times,” said Lackey, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward who was one point short of tying his career high. “I was just letting the game come to me. I’m not going to force anything.”
Demontay Dixon, a 6-10 Illinois State signee, led Summit (6-3, 1-2) with 22 points.
“Brentwood is disciplined, tough, strong, always in the right spot,” Dixon said.
Dixon played with a torn labrum last season, prompting shoulder surgery in the summer.
“I missed all of AAU season and just got back a week before the season started,” Dixon said. “It was terrible last year. It popped out at least two or three times a game. I just played through it.”
Dixon feels like he’s 95 percent healthy now.
Jaden Lewis had several chances to tie the game during the final minute, but couldn’t get his shots to fall.
“We’re young and we’ve got a lot of guys in new spots,” Summit coach Josh Goodwin said. “We’re trying to learn how to win. Windley really makes them go and it was definitely a little bit of a game-changer when he went out with an injury.”
Brentwood hosts Ravenwood on Friday.
Summit hosts Independence on Friday.