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Boys' basketball: Brentwood takes over first place in Alpha League

January 28, 2013 |  9:41 pm

On Monday night, Brentwood fans were loud and plentiful, filling the gym to capacity, and they had plenty to celebrate. The Eagles took over first place in the Alpha League with an 81-71 victory over Pacific Hills.

Brentwood scored the game's first 13 points, had a 20-point lead late in the third quarter, then withstood a comeback by the Bruins to improve to 20-2 and 7-1. Pacific Hills is 17-4 and 7-2.

Tra Holder scored 27 points and Leland King had 23 points. Ountae Campbell made major defensive contributions and sophomore Maxwell Kupchak made a huge three-pointer in the fourth quarter to briefly halt Pacific Hills' comeback.

Jahmel Taylor scored 25 points, Marcus Jackson had 20 and Namon Wright, who was offered a scholarship by Arizona on Monday, added 19 points.

"It's a really good feeling," King said. "We haven't been in first place in I don't know how long. We've come such a long way since my freshman year. I'm so happy."

-- Eric Sondheimer