Boys Basketball

Finch buzzer-beater lifts Broughton past Hillside

Posted February 22

— Jalen Finch drove to the basket and hit a buzzer-beater as Broughton upset Hillside in the first round of the 4A boys basketball state playoffs, 44-42.

Finch had not scored a single point until the fourth quarter in Tuesday's low-scoring affair.

Each team scored just nine points in the first quarter. Broughton was led by Jack Holloways' four points, Hillside by Deiontae Ray's four points.

Hillside found some offense in the second quarter though.

Derrick Wiley hit a pair of 3-pointers and Traylen Warren posted six points of his own in the quarter as Hillside outscored Broughton 16-11 to take a 25-2 lead into halftime.

Broughton fought back in the third quarter. Tyler Palmer scored six points in the quarter and four other Capitals scored in the quarter as they took a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Broughton held Hillside to just five points in the third quarter.

With the two teams tied at 42-42, Broughton took a timeout with 18 seconds left. The Capitals setup the last-second shot. Finch, who had just two points in the scorebook before his buzzer-beater, was the hero. He finished with four points.

Palmer led Broughton in scoring with 14 points. D Williams added 13 points for the Capitals .

Hillside was led in scoring by Wiley's 14 points and Ray's 11 points.

Broughton will move on to the second round of the state playoffs where it will travel to Garner. The Trojans were also two-point winners on Tuesday night, downing Riverside in the opening round.

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