High School Sports

Talented Broughton team returns to Holiday Invitational for 24th time

Posted December 21, 2012
Updated December 22, 2012

The Broughton Capitals have been to the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational more than any other team in the 41 year history of the event.

Last season, the Capitals lost in overtime of the 4-team championship game to Chapel Hill, 75-71.

“That is definitely motivation for us this year,” said senior point guard and Appalachian State recruit Devonte Graham. “We want to win it this year.”

Broughton vs. Millbrook, Boys (Dec. 14, 2012) Broughton vs. Millbrook, Boys (Dec. 14, 2012)

In the overtime loss, Chapel Hill point guard Denzel Ingram scored 43 points, 33 of which came in the second half and in overtime.

“He is a special player and it’s really hard to beat a team when a player has that kind of night,” said Jeff Ferrell, head coach at Broughton.

This year the Capitals come into the Holiday Invitational with higher expectations than last season. Broughton wants to win the tournament, but they are also a favorite to win the Cap 8 Conference this season, and many expect them to make a deep run in the state playoffs.

“We’re aiming for a state championship,” forward James Hemphill said. Hemphill has committed to play basketball at the United State Naval Academy.

“Everywhere they go they’re hearing talk about winning a state championship, and I’m glad people think we have the ability to do that, but I try to humble them every day in practice because we’re not at that level yet. We can get there, but we’re not there yet,” said Ferrell.

Playing in the Holiday Invitational is special for Broughton. The event is held at Holliday Gymnasium – the home floor for the Caps.

“It’s not necessarily a home court advantage though,” Ferrell said. “There may be a lot of people in the stands, and that’s great, but they’re not always pulling for you.”

This season will mark the 24th time in school history that the Capitals have played in the Holiday Invitational.

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