Dec 31, 2010
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Staats Battle and Raleigh Broughton used the 3-ball to their advantage in Thursday’s first game of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational and finished fifth in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation portion of the GSK with a 79-66 victory against Knightdale. The fifth-place finish is the best for the Capitals since 2001, when Broughton was fourth.
“We have six seniors on this team and they’re the glue for this program,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “I’m just very proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s been a long time since Broughton has won two games in the Glaxo.”
Battle hit 7 of 8 3-pointers – one short of the individual Glaxo game record – to score a game-high 26 points. His effort helped Broughton tie the tournament record for 3-pointers in a game (11), which is held by Kinston (1994). The Capitals also broke the record for 3-pointers in a tournament with 24; the previous record was 23 by Santa Ana (Calif.) Valley, also in 1994.
Broughton (10-2) had three other players score in double digits – Cyrus Stewart with 14, Conor Strickland with 13 and Devonte’ Graham with 12.
The Knights (7-7) were led by Deshaun Griffin’s 18 points, Jalen Jones’ 16 and Ahamad Abdullah’s 12 points and four assists.
“I have to give a lot of credit to Broughton for their shooting in their win,” Knightdale coach Battle Watkins said. “They were also really good at moving the ball around.”
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