RALEIGH — Broughton senior Devonte’ Graham put up 32 points Wednesday to lead the No. 2 seed Caps past Leesville Road, 76-60, and into the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A tournament.
It was the fourth meeting of the year between the two Cap Eight squads, and the fourth Broughton win.
“They know us very well and we know them very well,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “At this point you kind of just lace ‘em up and let the kids play.”
The teams had met less than a week prior in the Cap Eight tournament finals, which Broughton won by nine points.
This game wasn’t as close, with Broughton pulling ahead by 20 points at one point in the second half.
Leesville Road, a No. 7 seed, jumped out to an early lead, forcing turnovers and converting baskets on the other end, but Ferrell let his senior-led squad play through the Pride’s run.
“Leesville came out on all cylinders,” Ferrell said. “I never called a timeout because I didn’t think we looked rattled. We expected that from Leesville. We continued to play our game and it worked.”
Broughton, down 19-13 after one quarter, responded by hitting six of nine 3-pointers in the second, and extending its defense to fluster Leesville Road.
The Pride turned the ball over six times in the second quarter after giving up none in the first. That, coupled with Broughton’s offensive barrage, turned the tables quickly.
Graham scored 22 of his game-high 32 points in the first half, calmly sinking six of eight shots from behind the arc.
The Caps led 35-28 at the half, and wouldn’t allow the Pride to make a run after the break.
Leesville Road coach Russ Frazier said the Pride’s play became “chaotic” after the team’s strong start, which turned into bad shots and turnovers.
“Hats off to Broughton. What a well-played game by so many of their seniors,” Frazier said.
Seniors James Hemphill and Zach Palmer added 17 and 11 points, respectively, for the Caps.
Frazier, in his first year with Leesville, led the Pride to its first playoff appearance since 2009.
“They’ve laid the foundation,” Frazier said. “We’re going to keep working, and for some reason I think there are going to be more big days.”
Leesville Road senior Lemont Martin-White led the Pride with 16 points. Brandon Staves and Shyheid Petteway added 12 and 11, respectively.
The Caps host No. 3 Apex on Friday at 7 p.m.
Broughton won a December meeting against the Cougars 67-58.
“We’ve played them before, but they’ve gotten better and we’ve gotten better,” Graham said. “It’ll be a good game.”