Millbrook saw two boys’ basketball milestones Tuesday as Scott McInnes got his 300th win as coach of the Wildcats and senior guard Chris Clemons eclipsed 1,000 points.
Clemons led all scorers with 37 points. His 1,000th was a deep 3-point shot from the right wing. He has 1,009 points.
Millbrook’s 86-72 win at Wake Forest broughr McInnes’ record with the Wildcats to 300-109. He has led Millbrook to the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A semifinals during three of the past four seasons. The Wildcats played for the state title in 2011 and have averaged 21 wins over the past five seasons.
McInnes, who also serves as the school’s athletics director, has coached the basketball team since 2000 and has been the winningest coach in the school’s history since 2009. He is 418-139 overall, including his time at Bunn High.
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McInnes said more than the wins, he remembers special moments – summer trips to team camp, crazy dunks and players who really outworked everyone on the court and battled rebounds.
The 300 wins “really means zero to me. I’m happy for our team,” McInnes said. “I have an incredible coaching staff, the best coaching staff in the state, so it’s way above me. I’m smart enough realize I need to put good people around me. … We’ve just got a great staff and a great group of kids. I think it’s more about their run. That’s what I’m excited about.”
Clemons, who has committed to Campbell, entered the season with 531 points and has scored 478 this season for the Wildcats (18-1).
Clemons picked up his third foul less than three minutes into the second quarter Tuesday, but he still played much of the remainder of the game. He had 22 points at halftime. Clemons is the second Millbrook player to score his 1,000th point this season. Senior forward Rob Brown crossed the mark in December. Five players have reached the milestone in team history.
“It feels very good to reach that milestone. It was goal of mine to reach that milestone with my friend Rob Brown, he did it earlier, so we’re very happy about that,” Clemons said. “I really wasn’t thinking about (the mark). I was more concerned about getting the win, and however many points I had at the end of the game that was OK with me.”
The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 in the state by MaxPreps and No. 32 in the nation by USA Today, will travel to Broughton on Friday. The Caps are the only team to beat Millbrook this season, but the teams have split their first two meetings with Millbrook winning the first conference matchup 72-67, and Broughton winning the teams’ Holiday Invitational meeting 78-74.
Broughton fell 58-51 to Leesville Road on Tuesday, giving Millbrook a two-game lead of the top position in the CAP-8 4A with an 9-0 conference record.