RALEIGH — Both Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons entered Friday’s game looking to keep their records unblemished. After a close first quarter, it was clear Broughton would not be leaving with a loss. They defeated Cardinal Gibbons 64-41 in the second annual Father Thomas F. Price Classic.
The game was played in the old gym on Cardinal Gibbons’ Western Boulevard Campus in celebration of the school’s past and as a farewell to the gym itself. Before the game there was a ceremonial jump ball, with both schools represented by alumni who played on N.C. State’s 1974 NCAA Championship team, Broughton’s Phil Spence and Cardinal Gibbons’ Dwight Johnson.
The first quarter was tightly contested, but Broughton came away with a 13-11 lead. Both coaches thought the pre-game festivities may have had something to do with how their teams started.
“I think we were a little bit excited to be a part of the atmosphere,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “It just took us a little while to settle down. We were taking some quick shots and then we just figured out we needed to work the ball around a little more and be a little more patient.”
“I think they were ready, the atmosphere was good,” Cardinal Gibbons coach Marque Carrington said. “I thought we got off to a good start, but we just didn’t come out aggressive enough.”
Cardinal Gibbons trailed 19-17 early in the second quarter, but that was as close as they would get. Broughton went on an 11-2 run to finish the half with a 30-19 lead. Broughton continued to control the game in the third quarter, and by the fourth quarter the game’s outcome was no longer in doubt.
“These kids only know one way to play, and we’ve got to go hard every possession because we never know when it can make a difference,” Ferrell said.
One of the biggest differences proved to be overall team depth. Eleven Broughton players scored, led by Cameron Gottfried with 11 points.
“It just gets the kids so juiced up when everybody gets in the score book,” Ferrell said. “It’s great for the comradery of the team.”
Conversely, Cardinal Gibbons only had seven players score, and none of them hit double figures.
Cardinal Gibbons played without three starters, a fact Ferrell was quick to point out.
“He was playing with one arm behind his back. His team was decimated with injuries,” Ferrell said. “I know he won’t make excuses, but it does take a toll because I don’t think his depth was what it would have been had those guys been around.”