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Millbrook boys and girls basketball cruise past Wake Forest Cougars

Millbrook’s Faison Brock (4) takes a shot over Wake Forest's Xach Gill (33) during a boys basketball game on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Wake Forest, N.C. The Millbrook Wildcats won 84-37.
Millbrook’s Faison Brock (4) takes a shot over Wake Forest's Xach Gill (33) during a boys basketball game on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Wake Forest, N.C. The Millbrook Wildcats won 84-37. newsobserver.com

In the third quarter of Millbrook boys’ basketball game at Wake Forest, the Wildcats leading by nearly 40 points, a Cougars player vomited on the court during game action. The act probably depicted how Wake Forest players and fans felt after watching the both visiting Wildcats teams cruise to easy victories.

Millbrook’s varsity teams remained undefeated with the pair of convincing wins in their first road games of the year.

Millbrook boys play near perfect

Millbrook boys’ basketball coach Scott McInnes couldn’t decide on which end his guys played better against the visiting Wake Forest in their 84-37 win. His offense lit up the scoreboard, while his defense held the Cougars to fewer than 40 points, the second consecutive game the Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Cap-8) have done that.

“That’s a great question,” McInnes said when asked which was better between the offense and the defense. “I have to give it to both. We were really solid. Just talk about being really solid on D. On offense we were on point. There were a couple of turnovers that we would like to have back, but other than that we were really solid.”

Millbrook jumped out to a 32-11 first-quarter lead, sparked by a 12-0 run that broke the game wide open. Between the Wildcats pressure defense, and what seemed like an inability to miss shots, McInnes acknowledged this was Millbrook’s best performance of the season so far.

“Definitely,” he said. “Just total team effort. The first group, the second group, I mean, we weren’t even planning on platooning much this year. That second group is really tough. They come off the bench with some guys who can really shoot.”

One of those guys is junior forward Patrick Dorsey, who led Millbrook with a game-high 20 points, including six three-pointers.

“When those first couple go in, I knew I was destined to have a good night,” Dorsey said. “My teammates were finding me, I was getting good looks. I just knew it was going to go in every time.”

Dorsey was one of 12 players to score for Millbrook. Faison Brock finished with 15, and Jordan Whitfield added 10. Isaiah Jones led Wake Forest (3-6, 0-2) with 15.

The Wildcats have a much tougher test, this one at home, when they host Broughton on Thursday.

“We have to move on to the next,” McInnes said. “We’ll celebrate this for about five minutes on the bus, then keep moving on.”

Wildcats girls claw Cougars

The Millbrook girls held Wake Forest scoreless in the second quarter of their 65-21 victory, shaking off a slow start to pick up its second Cap-8 win.

“We kind of got here late today and we were a little off in the first quarter,” Millbrook coach Chris East said. “We got on between quarters. We locked in defensively and did a good job with them. Wake Forest has a bunch of great shooters and we worked really hard in practice to try and limit their touches.”

The Wildcats outscored the Cougars (3-6, 1-1) 20-0 in the second quarter, taking a 33-4 lead into the locker room at halftime. Millbrook’s defense only allowed two Cougars to score the entire night (Kayla Surles led Wake Forest with 16 points), while 11 different Wildcats got in the books, led by Kai Crutchfield with 20.

“I think we got a little bit better tonight,” East said. “We’re pretty deep. We shot the ball extremely well tonight, we usually don’t shoot it that well, and we executed well. I think when they do what we ask them to we are a really good team.”

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