Basketball roundup: Deshaun High scores 30 in Bunn’s ninth straight win

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 3, 2014 

The Bunn boys won their ninth straight game Friday night with a 73-39 victory over Louisburg as senior guard Deshaun High scored 30 points. High, who averages 24.2 points per game, made seven three-pointers.

“He does a great job of taking what the defense gives him,” said Bunn coach Gerald Melton. “The last time we played Louisburg, it used a box-and-one on Deshaun and he got 26 points. Tonight, they packed back in a zone and dared him to shoot.”

The strategy worked for a half as Bunn led 30-29.

“We knew we had to pick it up at the half,” High said.

The Wildcats, 9-2, lost their first two games of the season, 59-57 to East Wake and 68-65 to Southern Nash in overtime, but have been rolling since.

“Deshaun has been playing at a very high level,” said Bunn coach Gerald Melton. “I think he is one of the best players in the area. He played against many of the top players in the summer and held his own.”

The Wildcats defeated Northern Nash 64-34 and Chapel Hill 49-36 to win the Bunn Holiday Classic. High was the most valuable player.

Melton said High, who has started since his freshman year came on strong at the end of last year and helped the Wildcats reach the regional finals, where they lost to eventual state champion Kinston.

“He has sort of picked up where he left off last year,” Melton said. “We didn’t have our complete team early in the season because of the football team’s success, but we’ve been playing well recently.”

High added five assists and five rebounds.

Millbrook handles Broughton: Millbrook handled Broughton 71-51 in a game between teams that had been undefeated for the Cap Eight 4A Conference. Millbrook (3-0, 10-3 overall) is alone in first place. Broughton is 2-1, 9-3.

Millbrook led 25-20 at the half, but pulled away. Carlee Clemons had 17 points in the win and Austin Burnette had 14 in the loss.

Clark gets 27: Clayton’s Gary Clark scored 27 points to lead the Comets to a 67-34 victory over Rolesville. He averages 24.5 points per game for Clayton (6-0 in the Greater Neuse and 10-4 overall.)

Huskies top Eagles: Heritage claimed a 57-49 Cap Eight 4A win over Enloe, helped by Josh Katowitz’s 15 points.

Apex boys roll: T.J. Evans (20 points) and Ian Boyd (17) led Apex to a 73-54 Southwest Wake 4A boys conference victory over Athens Drive. Isaiah Jones had 17 points in the loss. Apex is 3-0 in the league and 6-6 overall.

Tate leads Falcons: Akeem Tate scored 24 points in Green Hope’s 61-35 Southwest Wake boys basketball win over Fuquay-Varina. The Falcons are 2-2 in the conference and 5-9 overall.

Princeton starts fast: Princeton built a 35-point lead in the first half and cruised past Hobbton 73-34 as Michael Wooten scored 26 points.

Tigers top Vikings: Chapel Hill downed Northern Vance 50-40 in a Big Eight 3A game. Freshman David Caraher scored all 16 of his points in the second half tand had 11 rebounds.

Hawks nip Cougars: Holly Springs pulled away in overtime to top Wake Forest 78-73 in a non-conference game. The game was tied 64-64 at the end of regulation. Lamar Nobles had 21 points, 7 rebounds and three assists.

Spartans beat Pride: Sanderson beat Leesville Road 79-75 in double overtime in a Cap Eight 4A game.

GIRLS

Leslie out for year: Holly Springs Kiara Leslie, a 5-foot-11 University of Maryland recruit, is expected to be out for the rest of the year following hip surgery.

Leslie was hurt in the spring playing for her club team. She tried to play through the injury this winter, but she wasn’t improving and risked further damage. The arthroscopic surgery was on Dec. 26, and the doctor told Leslie he only found cartilage damage and not bone or tendon damage that he feared.

“He said it wasn’t as bad as he thought,” said Leslie, the sister of former North Carolina State player C.J. Leslie. “It’s disappointing my (high school) career is over, but I’m happy I still have something to look forward to.”

Leslie sat with her team on the bench as Holly Springs defeated Cary 53-36 Friday night at the Imps’ gym. Cary’s Duke-bound Azura Stevens also missed the game with an ankle injury, but she is expected to return to the lineup next week.

Leslie averaged 13.8 points a game for the Hawks (9-2) through five games. As a junior she averaged 20.3 points and 11.9 rebounds a game.

“I start physical therapy soon and then I want to get back to where I was and even better,” Leslie said. “I’m optimistic.”

Triple double: Tamia Eatmon had 16 points, 10 assists and 13 steals for a triple double as top-ranked Chapel Hill blasted Northern Vance 100-17 in a Big Eight 3A game. The Tigers, 12-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference, have won 23 consecutive regular season games.

Caps take Millbrook: Creamer Crawford and Kaila Ealey each scored 17 points as Broughton knocked off Millbrook 47-44 in a Cap Eight 4A game. L’Donnisty Granison scored 13 points in the loss. Broughton is 4-0 in the league and 10-2 overall.

Sanderson stops Pride: Sanderson held on to top Leesville Road 47-43 in a Cap Eight game. Sanderson, led by Jessica Fife (16 points) and Bria Gibson (15), led the Pride 35-25 entering the fourth quarter. Kelly Funderburk had 16 points for Leesville.

Enloe defends: Enloe held Heritage to six points in the first three quarters of a 39-14 Cap Eight 4A victory.

Tom Shanahan contributed to this story.

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