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Millbrook senior headed to All-Star basketball game

The Millbrook boys’ basketball team was two games shy of a state championship appearance.

As they had the previous year, the Garner Trojans rejected Millbrook’s title-game aspirations, knocking it out of the 2016 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A playoffs.

The painful elimination to the East regional runner-up in March also meant the last time for seven seniors to suit up beside their fellow Wildcats. On Monday, one of the graduated players will have a shot in a final high school basketball game.

Faison Brock will play in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star boys’ basketball game. The contest features 20 of the state’s top players of the 2016 class, and they are divided into East and West teams.

Millbrook’s Trejon Jacob, a Seminole State commit, was also selected to play but withdrew due to an injury; he was replaced by Cedar Ridge’s Peyton Pappas.

Brock, a 6-foot-5 forward, will represent the East team at the Greensboro Coliseum and will be joined by Cap-8 Conference mates Tharon Suggs of Broughton and Ben Zemonek of Leesville Road, who were also listed on the roster.

Fayetteville Jack Britt’s Ike Walker and Jacksonville’s Douglas Erny will be the East coaches.

Brock and Jacob, a 6-5 guard, both made valuable contributions to Millbrook’s East regional semifinals loss to Garner, where the Cats fell short while making history for the most wins in the program’s history with 28. They lost two games on the year and won the Cap-8 championship.

Brock led the team with 13.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals his senior season. Jacob added 13.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.

The duo also played in the RDU All-Star game this year with Suggs and Zemonek; all players were all-conference selections.

Jessika Morgan: 919-829-4538, @JessikaMorgan

Other local players have shot in All-Star games

Leesville Road’s Kelly Funderburk and Cardinal Gibbons’ Olivia Smith are among the area players to grace the East-West All-Star girls’ basketball roster.

They will play for the East team in the N.C. Coaches Association high school all-star game game at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday at 6:30. The boys’ game will follow, and that includes a number of local standouts as well.

Smith, who is headed to Carolina, set a new scoring record for Gibbons since it joined the N.C. High School Athletic Association in 2005. The guard reached 1,617 points on Feb. 5, as the Crusaders were still competing in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association when the school’s all-time scoring record was set.

Smith averaged more than 20 points and 11 rebounds for Gibbons her senior season.

Funderburk played for a Pride team that finished 21-7 last season. She also helped lead them to a runner-up finish in the Cap-8 Conference tournament earlier this year.

Rosewood’s Rick Grantham and South Roberson’s Lula Ratley are the East coaches.

The boys’ and girls’ soccer games will be played Tuesday at MacPherson Stadium, with the girls’ game starting at 6:30.

Gibbons’ Marissa Kowalski and Broughton’s Lily Schneider were listed on the roster. Leesville Road’s Matthew Bissette and Broughton’s Wilhem O’Neal were selected to the boys’ all-star team.

The All-Star games are played in conjunction with the NCCA coaching clinic, and the three-day event will close with football on Wednesday. Southeast Raleigh’s Donte Wooten will be in the football game.

Jessika Morgan

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