Brothers share bond, talent

Randallstown: Thomas and Terrance Breaux are close on and off the basketball court, and they've helped boost the Rams to a 9-0 start.

High Schools

January 05, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The phrase "heated sibling rivalry" does not apply to the Breaux household, where two multisport athletes squeeze their large bodies and egos into the same bedroom.

Randallstown High's 6-foot-8 Thomas and 6-4 Terrance Breaux share everything from a cellular phone to PlayStation with few problems, and say they're comfortable with similar levels of untidiness in their bedroom.

"They have a tremendous relationship on and off of the court, and I've never seen them argue," said eighth-year Rams basketball coach Kim Rivers. "Their bond isn't exclusive of other kids, either: Everyone gravitates toward them. Not only do they get along well with their peers, but they're always in good spirits. They're always together, and each has the other one's back."

And it is as a pair that the siblings have been virtually unstoppable as catalysts in a run that has the 9-0 Rams - Baltimore County's only unbeaten team - ranked No. 2 in the metro area.

"I'm the one whose going to go hard, and he's the one whose more athletic," said Terrance Breaux, 17, the younger of the two by one year.

"I probably stand out more because of my size," Thomas Breaux said. "But he's the more aggressive player on a game."

Terrence brings a more aggressive, blue-collar and workmanlike approach at small and power forward, steadily contributing 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists to go with 75 percent free-throw shooting.

Thomas, a center, averages 10 points, nearly nine rebounds, three blocks, and shoots 65 percent from the foul line.

"Terrance goes after it more - he's the one on the floor digging for the loose balls, that extra rebound or getting a double double every game," said senior teammate Levi Stukes, an All-Metro guard. "Tommy's the one in the middle, waiting for the game to come to him. He's going to get your alley-oop dunks and get all of your blocked shots.

"They complement each other well."

Thomas Breaux Jr., the boys' father, recalls the closest thing he's ever seen to a knockdown, drag-out fight between the two boys "when they were around 11 or 12 years old."

"I can't remember what it was about, but I know my wife [Gwen] stepped in, punched them both and said, `If you want to fight each other, you're going to have to fight me first,' " Thomas Jr. said. "Then I stepped in and said, `And you know you'd better not hit my wife.' "

Since then, they have peacefully settled arguments, even though they don't always agree.

They kid each other about girls. Because Terrance has a girlfriend, Thomas, 18, jokes that his brother is married. "He's all done socially," Thomas said. "But I tend to have a few girls around."

Terrance sees it differently.

"I'm not married, just trying to be with one girl for a while," he said. "And the reason Tommy doesn't have any is he's scared to talk to them."

So scattered and few are their differences, however, that friends rarely notice friction.

The two boys will graduate together this year, because Thomas - academically ineligible to play sports as a 10th-grader - did not have enough credits to finish high school last spring.

"Tommy played football and basketball this year and last year only, and last year was the only time he ran track. He's met requirements to be in school, and there are no problems with his standing," said Randallstown athletic director Mike Gelman. "These are two very nice student-athletes from a great family."

And they are being recruited for their versatility.

Their skills as football wide receivers have elicited a scholarship offer from the University of Buffalo. Salisbury State University is after them for football, High Point for basketball and Cheney State for football and basketball.

Individually, Hampton University is recruiting Thomas - a Class 3A state champion in the triple jump - for track. Bowie wants Thomas for all three sports. Terrance is getting looks from Fairmont University for football.

It really doesn't make a difference where they wind up, the brothers say, but separate sleeping quarters might be in order.

"I don't think I'd really mind going to college with him as long as we get separate bedrooms," Terrance said. "He's my brother and he's my friend, but we've been sharing the same bedroom since we were born.

"I think it might be time to change that."

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