Find My Team >>

Log in to High School OT with one click using your favorite social network:
OR
Log in using your High School OT account:



Wrong email/password combination.

Forgot password?

Register with High School OT using your favorite social network:
OR
Register for a High School OT account using our web form.
Log In
Register

Nick Stevens

Three third round story lines for Friday

Published: 2014-02-27 16:25:22
Updated: 2014-02-27 16:25:22


Feb 27, 2014

Clayton-Broughton

Gary Clark (11) with the ball for Clayton. HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School, Raleigh N.C. held on December 28, 2013. The afternoon games included Broughton and Clayton High School. After a close game between the home team and Clayton, Broughton wins with a final score of 67 – 61. (Lexi Baird/ WRAL Contributor)

Friday night is one of the most fun nights of the high school basketball season.

Win or lose, Friday night is the last time teams will play on their home floors this year. Next week we head to neutral sites in Fayetteville and Greensboro for regionals, and the week after that state championships are played at the Dean Smith Center and Reynolds Coliseum.

Traditionally, these Friday night games have been very entertaining. There is a lot to watch going into the third round, and I have five story lines I'm keeping an eye on.

Southeast Raleigh's girls avoid the upset

We've had Southeast Raleigh pegged as a 4-A favorite in girls basketball all season. The Bulldogs went through much of the regular season without a problem, only to come up short of the overall No. 1 seed. 

Southeast Raleigh has still had home court advantage though, and in the second round the Bulldogs were nearly upset.

In the first quarter on Wednesday, Southeast Raleigh scored just four points and trailed Jordan 6-4 going into the second quarter. The Bulldogs managed a one-point, 17-16 lead at halftime, but were never able to pull away in the second half.

Southeast did advance with a 39-34 win over the Falcons.

It was a low-scoring game for a Bulldogs team that averages over 60 points per game this season.

In round one, Southeast Raleigh cruised past Northern Durham with a 61-48 win, thanks in large part to a dominant first half.

On Friday, Southeast Raleigh will host Laney, which has pulled off road upsets in the first two rounds against East Wake (50-47) and South Central (58-44).

Laney is 23-5 this season and will be a formidable opponent for the Bulldogs on Friday night. Aside from win over East Wake on Monday night, Laney has also played Millbrook from Wake County. Millbrook defeated Laney in December, 44-40.

We could be on our way to seeing a regional rematch between Southeast Raleigh and Millbrook, a match-up that is sure to be fun.

Can Millbrook send two teams again?

Over the last few seasons, has there been a school in the east more consistent in girls and boys basketball than Millbrook?

The Millbrook girls have been to three straight state championships, winning the last two. The Millbrook boys saw a string of regional appearances end last year after falling to Apex in the second round of the playoffs.

But don't look now, it's possible that both the Millbrook girls and boys are back in the eastern regional next week.

The Millbrook boys basketball team entered the season a favorite to win the Cap 8 (which it did, convincingly) and potentially make a run at a state championship. Using its defense and depth, the Wildcats are in a position to do just that.

Millbrook is winning by an average of more than 20 points per game, and defeated Garner easily on Wednesday night, 91-70.

Millbrook has only scored less than 60 points once since December, and has scored 90 or more points in seven of its last ten games, including 105 points against Heritage on Feb. 7. Even more impressive, nine of the last ten games, the Wildcats have scored more than 85 points.

Stopping Millbrook will be difficult for Seventy-First on Friday night, and as long as Millbrook does what it has been doing for much of the season, they should be in Fayetteville next week.

Perhaps the fact that the Millbrook girls team is in this position is more of a story. After losing eight seniors last season (all of which are playing college basketball now), Millbrook tied Broughton for the Cap 8 Conference title, earned the overall No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, and are on the verge of making it back to regionals.

The youth and inexperience are certainly something to look at when you're discussing this Millbrook team, but head coach Chris East has his team playing like a veteran squad right now.

On Wednesday night, Millbrook's girls easily defeated Seventy-First, 71-52. Dazia Powell is a big reason why. Powell has scored 16 and 27 points in the first two playoff games for the Wildcats.

Millbrook will face a 17-11 Ashley team on Friday which edged past Clayton and Jack Britt in the first two rounds to advance.

The Broughton-Clayton rematch

If you attended the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in December, you may have seen round one of this game.

Broughton defeated Clayton in the Holiday Invitational 67-61, and now the two will meet for the right to advance to the Eastern Regional.

The first time around, Broughton had the home court advantage, but this time the Capitals will travel to Johnston County. Will that make a difference? It could. Clayton will have a good crowd there on Friday night, no question.

December's game between these two was a hard-fought one. Broughton took a 14-12 lead in the first quarter, and Clayton closed within one point by halftime, trailing 28-27.

Broughton extended the lead in the third quarter though, scoring 20 points and holding Clayton to 14, then held on in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Four Broughton players scored in double-figures that game. Cameron Gottfried, who has committed to Siena, scored 17 points to lead the Caps. Jerome Robinson had 15 points, Roy McMillan had 14 points, and Austin Burnette posted 12 points.

The Caps have been shooting the ball well lately, especially Gottfried, who had 17 points on Monday, but was held to nine on Wednesday at South Central.

Robinson has also had some very good games as of late, including a 24-point performance in the first round against New Bern.

Broughton will have to find an answer for Gary Clark – both offensively and defensively.

In the first meeting between these two teams, Clark had 34 points and 12 rebounds. Since then, Clark has had a number of incredible performances, including a 47-point performance against Southeast Raleigh last week.

In January against West Johnston, Clark posted a quadruple-double, the first ever verified quadruple-double in N.C. High School Athletic Association history. Clark posted 22 points, 21 rebounds, 15 blocked shots and 10 assists.

If you're looking for a game to go to on Friday, this one won't disappoint.

Follow Nick Stevens on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT

Back to Nick Stevens
COMMENTS

0 Comments



This blog post is closed for comments.

HighSchoolOT Forums
More HighSchoolOT Forums
  1. JamesAlverson: RT @nsj: Crazy temperatures in North Carolina.. 83° in New Bern byt 36° in Roxboro and Ahoskie. WOW! http://t.co/tG8GnKGddk
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:21 PM
  2. HighSchoolOT: Johnston County Schools have canceled all after school activities for Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:16 PM
  3. Chris__Edwards: RT @BaseballAmerica: @OSUBaseball won Week 3's poster contest over OU. Week 4 pits @Duke_BASE vs. @DiamondHeels RT for Duke, Fav for UNC ht…
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:41 PM
  4. HighSchoolOT: Durham Public Schools have canceled all after school activities for Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:29 PM
  5. HighSchoolOT: Franklin County Schools have canceled all after-school activities for Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:05 PM
  6. HighSchoolOT: Orange County Schools will close 1 hour early on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:04 PM
  7. HighSchoolOT: RT @EWA_Athletics: All athletic practices for today, Thursday, March 5th, have been canceled.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:57 AM
  8. JamesAlverson: RT @BCHanks: I got your back RT @NickStevensHSOT If I hear anyone complain about the heat this summer I might smack them. #whenwillwinterend
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:53 AM
  9. JamesAlverson: That news coming as @WCPSS cancels all after school activites. Games, practices, tryouts, etc. Cancel all EXCEPT MB & Gar MBB Regional Games
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:53 AM
  10. HighSchoolOT: Not traveling to Fayetteville bc of weather? Listen to Garner-South Central at 7, Millbrook-71st at 8:30 LIVE on @BuzzSportsRadio & #HSOT.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:52 AM
  11. JamesAlverson: Per @WCPSS officials, Millbrook & Garner WILL still be allowed to compete in Regional Semis tonight, 7P Airtime on @BuzzSportsRadio
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:51 AM
  12. HighSchoolOT: Wake County Schools have canceled all after-school activities for Thursday, Mar. 5. Basketball teams in regionals will be permitted to play.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:44 AM
  13. JamesAlverson: Don't forget you can now subscribe to #ACCBASE Podcast by searching for ACC Baseball Podcast in iTunes Store. Good 40 minutes of your week!
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:36 AM
  14. JamesAlverson: RT @dennisglasgow: New @ACCBaseball Podcast with @johnmanuelba & @JamesAlverson http://t.co/pBkIZdh6AU #999thefan #BuzzSportsRadio #ACC
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:35 AM
  15. HighSchoolOT: Northampton County Schools will be closing early on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:29 AM
  16. HighSchoolOT: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have canceled all after-school activities for Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:22 AM
  17. Chris__Edwards: You will also be able to listen to the game on http://t.co/Ucc0kWupsZ and you GoDuke app for your smartphones and tablets. @Duke_BASE
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:20 AM
  18. Chris__Edwards: Tomorrow’s @Duke_BASE game vs. N. Carolina will air on @BuzzSportsRadio that’s 96.5 FM in Durham and 99.3 FM in Raleigh! 2:45 pregame
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:19 AM
  19. HighSchoolOT: Weldon City Schools will be closing early on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:19 AM
  20. NickStevensHSOT: Now that we know teams will be allowed to play tonight, I'm hitting the road soon. See you in Fayetteville.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:14 AM
  21. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: Wake County basketball teams scheduled to play in regionals tonight will be allowed to play their games. #HSOT
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:04 AM
  22. NickStevensHSOT: Wake County basketball teams scheduled to play in regionals tonight will be allowed to play their games. #HSOT
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:03 AM
  23. HighSchoolOT: Vance County Schools will close 1 hour early on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:57 AM
  24. HighSchoolOT: RT @SandersonMatt_: Anytime I see a @wral or @HighSchoolOT tweet this morning I hold my breath #donotdismissearly
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:38 AM
  25. NickStevensHSOT: If I hear anyone complain about the heat this summer I might smack them. #whenwillwinterend
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:34 AM
  26. HighSchoolOT: Halifax County Schools will close at 1:30 PM on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:32 AM
  27. HighSchoolOT: Warren County Schools will close at 1:00 PM on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:28 AM
  28. HighSchoolOT: Granville County Schools will be closing early on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 10:00 AM
  29. HighSchoolOT: Person County Schools will close at 12:00 PM on Thursday, Mar. 5.
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 9:50 AM
  30. JamesAlverson: RT @RaleighZerorez: Proud to sponsor #ACC insider @lebrownlow on @WSMSonTheBuzz w/ @mikemaniscalco, @markthomas24 & @CMorris4774 ! Stream h…
      — Thursday, March 5, 2015 7:44 AM
  31. JamesAlverson: UPDATED after Wednesday action @WRALSportsFan: ACC tournament seeding scenarios http://t.co/xnoyrRf1Oo #ACCT #ACCMBB
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:36 PM
  32. JamesAlverson: If Miami wins, best State could do is likely 7. Can't count on VT beating Miami and NCSU beating Syracuse IMO. Guess we've seen crazier, but
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:48 PM
  33. JamesAlverson: Long story short, NCSU fans should be pulling hard for Pitt right now if they want NCSU as the 6-seed in ACCT
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:46 PM
  34. HSOTScores: Softball: East Duplin 10, Wallace-Rose Hill 5 #HSOTscores #HighSchoolOT.com/scores
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:41 PM
  35. HSOTScores: Baseball: CORRECTION: Cleveland 13, Garner 3 #HSOTscores #HighSchoolOT.com/scores
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:41 PM
  36. HSOTScores: Softball: Cleveland 13, Garner 3 - Final #HSOTscores #HighSchoolOT.com/scores
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:31 PM
  37. HSOTScores: Baseball: Richlands 10, Lakewood 1 - Final #HSOTscores #HighSchoolOT.com/scores
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:29 PM
  38. HighSchoolOT: Thursday night LIVE on @BuzzSportsRadio & http://t.co/pGWDmkczot: 7:00 - Garner vs. South Central 8:30 - Millbrook vs. Seventy-First #HSOT
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:09 PM
  39. HighSchoolOT: Former Overhills HS coach charged with indecent liberties with students http://t.co/OM5Rkc5mR3
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:28 PM
  40. HighSchoolOT: RT @NickStevensHSOT: .@WCPSS sent this alert out about tomorrow's weather... We have Wake County teams at regionals tomorrow
      — Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:19 PM