APEX — Apex High rolled past Fayetteville Jack Britt 86-43 in the opening round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys' basketball playoffs Monday night.
The Cougars (24-3) shot 58 percent from the field and a blistering 10-for-15 from behind the 3-point line.
"We had it really going offensively," Apex coach David Neal said.
The Cougars took an early 6-2 lead and never trailed. Apex entered the half ahead 37-24.
Then the Cougars got even hotter.
Apex poured in 32 third-quarter points with 13-for-17 shooting, including six 3-pointers, to blow the game open. The Cougars held the Buccaneers (9-18) to only 19 second-half points
"Tonight our defense was great and I thought we rebounded well," Neal said.
Apex's T. J. Evans led all scorers with 18 points. Senior Corey Burnette added 12 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
"He's one of the most unselfish big men," Neal said of Burnette. "He's playing like a senior that doesn't want it to end."
By the midway point in the fourth quarter both squads were playing their reserves. Neal was able to use his entire bench in the game. Eight players scored for the Cougars.
Daniel Camps led No. 14 seed Britt with 14 points. Tevious Federick had 13 before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.