Boys Basketball

Millbrook survives 71st comeback

Posted February 28, 2014

Rob Brown (5) with the put back.  Millbrook High School beats Seventy First High School from Fayetteville with a score of 83 to 61.    (Photo by: Suzie Wolf/WRAL contributor)

After leading 40-17 in the second quarter, Millbrook had to survive a fierce Seventy-First comeback that cut the lead to three points in the third quarter.

But behind the post play of Rob Brown, the Wildcats advanced to the Eastern Regional with an 83-61 win over Seventy-First. Seveny-First High School at Millbrook High School - February 28, Boys Basketball: Seventy-First vs. Millbrook (Feb. 28, 2014)

As it has done so many times this season, Millbrook jumped out quick on Seventy-First. Carlee Clemons had seven first quarter points, Brown had six points, and Chris Clemons had five points to help Millbrook to a 25-11 lead going into the second quarter.

The run continued into the second quarter.

Brown had 14 points during a run that culminated in a 40-17 lead for Millbrook with 2:00 left in the second quarter, but things changed.

In the last two minutes of the second quarter, Seventy-First went on a 14-3 run to close the gap to 43-30 at halftime.

The Falcons scored the five seven points of the third quarter too, forcing Millbrook to call a timeout, up 43-37. Seventy-First eventually cut the Millbrook lead to 51-48 with 2:21 left in the period.

Brown and Brandon Goldsmith were the only Millbrook players to score in the third quarter. Brown had eight points in the quarter, Goldsmith had four.

The Wildcats went into the final quarter up 55-49.

It was defense in the fourth quarter that helped Millbrook pull away from Seventy-First again. Chris Clemons and Brown both scored eight fourth quarter points, as the Wildcats outscored the Falcons 28-12 in the final quarter.

Brown finished the game with 30 points, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Chris Clemons added 17 points and Carlee Clemons had 11 points for Millbrook.

Seventy-First was led by 16 points from Joshua Bryant. Brandon Harvey scored 13 points and Dane Davis posted 10 points.

Millbrook will meet cross-county foe Panther Creek in the regional semifinal on Friday night in Fayetteville. The Catamounts upset New Hanover in the third round.


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