Boys Basketball

McCorkle leads Broughton past Wakefield, 62-49

Posted January 6

— ​Freshman guard Carson McCorkle tallied a game-high 25 points to guide Broughton past Wakefield, 62-49, Thursday night in Raleigh at Holliday Gym.

The Capitals opened the contest on a 7-0 run and didn’t look back, holding the lead for the entire contest.

McCorkle tallied 17 of his game-high 25 points, including five three-point baskets, in the first half.

“I haven’t shot the ball well all season,” McCorkle said. “For me to shoot the ball as well as I did tonight, I think that was a big confidence-booster. We can’t practice tomorrow or Sunday because of the snow. To get that win going into next week was big for us.”

The Wolverines trailed by double digits, 19-8, at the conclusion of the first quarter but trimmed their deficit to six points by halftime.

In the second half, Broughton’s barrage of three pointers continued, scoring four of its 11 baskets from beyond the arc in the final 16 minutes of play.

Broughton head coach Jeff Ferrell said he understands and appreciates his team’s ability to shoot the ball from long distance but would like a more well-rounded offensive attack.

“That’s what this team likes to do, and that’s what they’re good at,” Ferrell said. “We’re trying to make an identity of who we’re going to be, but we haven’t quite figured it out yet.

“I’d like for it to be a bit of a happy medium – what we did tonight, and trying to get the ball inside a little more.”

Capitals’ junior guard Jessup Lowe tallied scored half of the team’s 16 points in the opening frame of the second half with two three-balls and a field goal.

Lowe combined with fellow junior guard Tyler Palmer for 26 points Tuesday night; Lowe and Palmer both tallied 13 points apiece.

The Capitals pushed their lead to as many as 14 points in the second half, but the Wolverines continued to chip away at the lead late.

Wakefield was able to cut the lead to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late for the Wolverines.

Sophomore Trae Smith was the only Wakefield player to finish in double figures with 16 points. Junior guard Moatu Gbondo added eight points for the Wolverines.

With the win, Broughton (9-5, 3-2 Cap 8) moves into third place in the Cap 8 conference. Wakefield (8-6, 1-4 Cap 8) will remain in seventh, behind last-place Enloe in the conference.

“We did talk yesterday about how crucial of a game this was, because it would either move us up into the top half of the conference, or it could move us to the bottom half,” said Broughton head coach Jeff Ferrell. “We want to start separating ourselves from other teams if we can.”

The Capitals will return to action at Enloe Tuesday at 7 p.m. in search of their third-straight victory,. Wakefield will also take the court Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the road against conference-leading Heritage.

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