Brentwood boys coach Dennis King likes what he sees from his young point guard.
Sophomore James McPherson scored 13 points, including a 7-of-8 showing from the foul line, in a 48-44 overtime win at Hillsboro on Friday night.
Brentwood (17-2, 2-0 11-AAA) is ranked third in The Tennessean Midstate poll, and Hillsboro (14-2, 1-1) is fifth.
McPherson's layup with one second left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 40, and he went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the extra period. This season, he replaced Jack Montague, who is now a Yale freshman.
"I'm forgetting who Jack Montague is," King kidded. "James is a little point-guard prodigy with his basketball IQ. He's so skinny and scrawny I always thought this year he would be knocked off the ball a little bit more, but he handles every situation."
It was the second overtime win in four days for Brentwood, which beat Independence 74-70 on Tuesday.
The Bruins extended their win streak to nine.
"Basically, we were trying to get a shot off for Asa (Duvall) on that last play in regulation coming up on the top of the key, and it just broke down," McPherson said. "We knew we had a couple of seconds left, and I put one up. I hoped I had enough time."
Jacob Adcock led the Bruins with 14 points. Brentwood's first four baskets were 3-pointers as the Bruins took a 16-6 lead in the first quarter.
Hillsboro played without 6-foot-7 center Antorian Moore. The junior, who averages eight points and eight rebounds, was out with an ankle injury, but is expected to return for Tuesday's game at Independence.
"Not having Antorian in the lineup was pretty tough," Burros guard Micah Phillips said. "He alters a lot of shots, and that helps us a lot. 'Tree' brings something to the game that you're not going to get most of the time."
Phillips' layup with 14 seconds left in regulation gave Hillsboro a 40-38 lead.
Andy Schumpert's 3-pointer with two minutes left in overtime gave Brentwood a 43-40 lead, and McPherson did the rest of the scoring from the foul line.
B.J. Fleming led Hillsboro with 18 points, and Jamontae Davis, a 6-8 Tennessee State signee, scored 10.
"(McPherson) made a great play for Brentwood," Hillsboro coach Rodney Thweatt said. "I don't think we overcame the disappointment of having the win right their in our hands, and we just didn't respond in overtime. I give Brentwood all the credit."