Both of the Millbrook basketball teams remained undefeated while blowing out Enloe in their Cap-8 openers Friday night.
The girls team played first with the Wildcats taking a 71-21 win over the Eagles (0-6, 0-1). The Millbrook boys continued the home court dominance with a 77-37 rout over Enloe (0-6, 0-1).
Wildcats boys turn up the pressure
During the boys game, it didn’t take long for Millbrook (4-0, 1-0) to build a double-digit lead to massage. It led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter, and the Wildcats were just getting started.
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The key to their play was their smothering half court defense. With a deep roster full of long and athletic players, it’s not hard for Millbrook coach Scott McInnes to employ a trapping defense.
“This group really enjoys guarding,” McInnes said. “They know it they don’t, they’re coming out. They’re making the extra effort on skips.”
The defense led to several fast breaks off turnovers, but it also pressured the Eagles into rushed shots, so they couldn’t set their defense. After two early threes from Enloe’s Tyler Green, the Eagles didn’t score for nearly five minutes. Green led the Eagles with eight points.
“They put extreme pressure on you,” said Enloe coach Patrick Paye. “They’re always athletic. They get to spots. They stop you from doing what you want to do.”
On offense, Millbrook got a spark from the dynamic backcourt duo of John Burwell and Jordan Whitfield, who combined for 19 points. Big man Faison Brock scored 12 in the first half and ended with 14 points. Frontcourt mate Trejon Jacob added 11 points, including three consecutive threes in the second half.
In the second quarter, Brock had an unusual four-point play. While finishing a layup, caused by that stellar defense, he was intentionally fouled from behind and received two free throws, which he hit.
Twice during the game, McInnes subbed out his entire starting five, and the bench players saw a lot of action with the Wildcats nursing a 25-point lead at half. Those players stepped up all game. Monte’ Harris had six points in the second half and 10 total. Sophomore Adrian Scarborough chipped in eight points, including an impressive and-one opportunity, and Patrick Dorsey also had eight.
“That was awesome to get those guys going,” McInnes said. “I thought Adrian off the bench was fantastic. He’s a sophomore and keeps getting better and better. He did a great job rebounding and rolling. Monte’ off the bench played great. Patrick Dorsey hit a couple threes. We’re getting a bunch of really good contributions from those guys.”
Millbrook girls put on a show
Before the boys took the court, the Millbrook’s girls put on a similar show with a 50-point win. They used a similar game plan with a swarming defense that led to a lot of easy baskets for the Wildcats.
Kai Crutchfield scored 10 points in the first quarter and eight in the second, mostly off of layups and short, open jumpers. Dazia Powell led the squad with 19. Kiara Pitts scored six points to lead her Enloe squad.
The play of the game came from Millbrook’s Andreal Bass, who swatted a layup attempt by Biance’ Wilder out of bounds, exciting the crowd to a soft roar.
In the end, Enloe struggled with the athleticism and energy of the Millbrook girls. The Wildcats played full court press for much of the game, jumped passing lanes and made it a tough task to even cross midcourt. The defensive stat for Millbrook that really showed how well it played: zero points allowed in the fourth quarter.