Jan 24, 2009
RALEIGH — Both Millbrook and Broughton struggled to control the ball Friday night, but the Wildcats gained control in the fourth quarter on their way to a 60-47 conference win over Broughton.
"Those turnovers were kind of puzzling. They were just weird," Millbrook head coach Scott McInnes said after the game.
Millbrook and Broughton combined for 15 turnovers by halftime, and the two finished the game with a combined 26.
However, in the fourth quarter, Millbrook only committed one turnover while Broughton gave the ball away five times, including four out of five consecutive possessions in which Millbrook scored six-points to go up 52-42 with 2:36 left in the game.
"That last couple minutes, we didn't execute some things offensively, and they took advantage," said Broughton head coach Jeff Ferrell.
The large margin of victory that Millbrook enjoyed wasn't easy for Broughton to cope with. The Capitals were beating Millbrook by three-points after the first quarter, the two teams were tied at 21 going into halftime, and Millbrook led by one-point after three quarters.
Ferrell said the youthfulness of his team sometimes makes it hard for them to overcome adversity during games.
"With our kids being as young as they are... they got down on themselves," said Ferrell, emphasizing that his team did not quit during the game, but admitting they lost confidence. "How do you teach a 16 or 17 year old to worry about the next play and not worry about the last two plays like we do sometimes?"
Although they finished the game looking like the typical Millbrook squad, the Wildcats started the game sluggish.
Malik Fair scored the first points of the night for Millbrook more than two minutes into the game when he sunk a 3-pointer, however, Millbrook didn't get another based until the 3:13 mark when Fair sunk another trey.
Fair scored eight of Millbrook's ten-points in the opening quarter, ending with 15 on the night.
Millbrook never led in the first half, but they managed to tie the game three times. Donzell Hill hit a buzzer beater lay-up to end the second quarter to tie the game at 21.
Just 15 seconds into the third quarter, Millbrook got it's first lead of the game. Tyre Washington, who picked up his third personal foul 6:52 left in the second quarter, hit a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats the 24-21 advantage.
Despite being in foul trouble the entire game, Washington finished as the leading scorer for Millbrook with 17-points.
Washington hit another trey with 56 seconds left in the third quarter to put Millbrook up three-points, but Broughton's J.R. Owens got his own rebound off a missed two-point shot and put it back into the hoop with five seconds left to cut the Millbrook lead to one-point going into the fourth quarter.
Things continued to look good for the Caps in the early going of the fourth quarter, as Prince Williams hit a 3-pointer on Broughton's first possession to put the Caps back on top, 37-35. However, Washington sunk a trey of his own on the opposite side of the court to give the lead back to Millbrook.
The Wildcats never lost it.
Millbrook eventually took a seven-point lead before Broughton cut it back to four with 5:51 left, but the Wildcats outscored Broughton 16-7 from that point on to pull away to their second victory of the season over Broughton.
Millbrook is now in second place of the Cap Seven Conference behind Enloe. The win over Broughton ensures that the Wildcats have a shot at tying for the top spot if they can beat the Eagles later in the season, but McInnes said now is not the time to look at those possibilities.
"Maybe in three weeks I can look at that," said McInnes. "We don't have time to think about that. We've got to start thinking about Wakefield."
The Wildcats beat Wakefield 71-65 in December.
The loss for Broughton puts them in a tough spot. Wakefield beat Sanderson on Friday night, meaning Broughton is now in fourth place in the conference, and is currently the last team that would get into the N.C. High School Athletic Association state playoffs.
"I don't like where we are right now," said Ferrell.
Broughton missed the playoffs for the first time in ten seasons last year, and Ferrell said they don't want to be left out again.
"It would mean a lot to these guys to get back on track," Ferrell said.
Broughton will play at Leesvile Road on Jan. 27.
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