Broughton rolls past Wake Forest in first round of Cap 8 tournament
Posted February 14
Updated February 15
Broughton tallied its lowest point total of the season Tuesday night, but it was enough to down Wake Forest, 42-28, in the first round of the Cap 8 Conference tournament.
Despite scoring a season-low 42 points, Broughton held an opponent to less than 40 points for the first time this year.
“It was excellent; that was the best defense we’ve played all year, and it’s the most consistent we’ve played with it,” said Broughton head coach Jeff Ferrell. “They struggled with what to do against it, and that was kind of the idea.”
Broughton got the jump on Wake Forest from the start of the ballgame, using a 10-0 run to begin the contest. The Capital’s stymie defense held the Cougars scoreless for the first 4:25 minutes of play, but Darrius Everett broke the skid with a three-point basket.
Ferrell said the Capitals elected to implement a half-court press to slow down Wake Forest’s fast-paced transition offense after struggling in the two previous matchups this season.
“The first few times they played us, they were just crushing us in offensive transition, and we were having a hard time getting back,” he said. “We were just trying to slow them down and make them play a half-court game.”
Behind Broughton’s shutdown defense, the Capitals took an 11-point lead into halftime, heavily aided by a 13-5 first-quarter run.
The Cougars held the Cougars’ leading scorer – senior Demetrius Everett – without a score in the first half. Everett, who averages 17.1 points per game, was held to only four points Tuesday night.
Wake Forest did match Broughton in the third frame with eight points, but the Cougars weren’t able to build a run of their own in the second half.
Broughton freshman Carson McCorkle tallied nine of his game-high 14 points in the fourth quarter – after going scoreless in the first half – to further the Capitals’ lead and close the door on the Cougars.
“I thought he did a good job at times,” Ferrell said. “He’s still trying to find his way a little bit and fit into the system we’re doing, but he battled hard in the second half.”
Senior Jack Holloway and junior Darian Williams combined to score 20 points for the Capitals, tallying 10 points apiece to finish in double figures.
“I can’t say any more than I can about Jack Holloway and his effort tonight,” Ferrell said. “Super, super job. [He] just battled and battled play after play.”
Seven players scored for Wake Forest Tuesday night, but the Cougars were held without a double-digit contributor.
With the victory, Broughton will advance to host Heritage in the second round of the Cap 8 Conference tournament Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
HighSchoolOT.com’s current playoff projections have Broughton as a No. 11 seed taking on No. 6 seeded Cape Fear, and No. 15 Wake Forest slated to play No. 2 seeded Overhills.