Broughton pulled away from Leesville Road during the fourth quarter Tuesday night to bounce back from its only loss of the boys’ basketball season with a 59-40 win.
The 8-1 Capitals opened the Cap Eight 4A season Friday with a one-point loss to Millbrook. Leesville Road, under first-year coach Russ Frazier, is 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.
“Good little bounce back for us, because we knew it would be a tough game with Leesville,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “And a lot of times they outhustled us.”
But Ferrell did note the unselfish play of his team.
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“They’re getting more like that,” Ferrell said of his team. “Not that they weren’t unselfish earlier in the year, but the ball has not been moving that well. I think that the kids are buying into that extra pass and how it makes shots a little bit easier. This was a good game to go into the holidays on.”
Leesville Road tied the score at 13 early in the second quarter on a layup by Reggie Jones, but Broughton’s Jamie Rucker answered that with a layup and the Capitals led the rest of the game. They were ahead 27-21 at halftime and 37-30 entering the final quarter. The lead was just five, 41-36, with 5 minutes, 37 seconds to play before Broughton went on a 12-1 run to take command. Chase Johnston had an assist and six points during that rally.
Ferrell also cited the play of his backcourt, Cameron Gottfried and Devonte Graham.
“I thought that when we weren’t rebounding real well early, Cameron came on and did well on the boards. And his assignment early was Sanders Rohs. He’s a really good shooter and I thought Cameron did a great job on him defensively. Of course Devonte is so steady with what he does, a floor leader and makes great decisions.”
James Hemphill, a 6-foot-5 senior, led the Capitals with 15 points, followed by Gottfried and Johnston with 10 each. Chris Brickhouse and Graham contributed to the balance with eight apiece.
For the Pride, Lemont Martin-White scored 11 and Jones added 10.
“We didn’t match their intensity level. They finished strong, we finished slow,” Leesville Road coach Frazier said. “Out the gate we competed pretty well, but I felt that our energy level went down in the second half. Maybe it was a focus of mine to focus more on X’s and O’s than intensity level. That’s a mistake I may have made.
“We’re just trying to build a better basketball team. We need to rebound better and protect the ball better. It’s not any one player, we need to do it as a team, all of Leesville.”