WAKE FOREST — Heritage got off to a fast start, but Cap Eight leader Millbrook dominated the final three quarters in an 89-46 boys basketball victory Friday night.
There was plenty of scoring to go around for the Wildcats, but coach Scott McInnes could also point to the defense, rebounding and energy his team displayed in improving its record to 12-3 overall and 5-0 in the league.
Heritage (11-4, 2-3) grabbed an early 11-2 lead as Nick Grover, Jared Joyner and Emmanuel Irona drilled in 3-pointers.
“We weathered the storm of their barrage of threes,” McInnes said. “We were resilient, hung in there, showed good poise and hit some threes of our own. Brandon (Goldsmith) and Chris (Clemons) really got it going and our defense showed up. We had a lot of deflections, and several blocks. Rob (Brown) had a couple of blocks. It was really fun. Chris was really special in the first half.”
Chris Clemons scored 23 for the winners, followed by Brown (13), Carlee Clemons (12) and Goldsmith (11).
Millbrook tied the game at 15 late in the first quarter and backup guard Josh Peacock sparked a Wildcats rally by hitting a jumper, dishing an assist to Brown and driving for another basket and a 21-15 lead.
“Peacock’s our energy guy off the bench,” McInnes said. “He and Andrew Evans both give us great energy off the bench, flying around on defense.
“We’re usually more balanced, but tonight Chris was special and we were happy for him. A lot of guys played well. As well as Chris was shooting, Jake (Wilson) set some good screens and he had some big blocks in the second half.”