Millbrook will renew its rivalry with Leesville Road on Tuesday night looking to hand the Pride their first loss of the season. Below is all that you need to know about the game.
Location: Millbrook HS
Tip-Off: 6:30 PM
Theme: Blue Out
What To Watch For
The 58th all-time meeting between these two schools comes on the heels of a back-to-back Wildcat wins. Leesville Road dispatched of Sanderson on Friday night to improve its record to 9-0. Last time these two teams met, Millbrook held on late to advance to the Cap-8 Tournament Championship with a 77-72 victory. Returners, Collin Lewis (9), Jabari Brown (8), and Adrian Scarborough (7) combined to score 24 points in the win.
Millbrook enters Tuesday's game following two 40+ rebound games. The Wildcats had been averaging a shade over 24 a game before grabbing a season-best 40, and 41 respectively last week. Scarborough currently leads Millbrook in rebounding with 6.0 per game. Freshman, William Felton grabbed 10 rebounds in Friday's win over Enloe, paired with 13 points, he earned his first career double-double.
Leesville Road has used its star backcourt to dance through danger, and remain perfect with a month of basketball already in the books. Junior guard, Jalen Benjamin leads the area in scoring with 30.5 PPG including a 41-point performance last week in a win over Holly Springs. Joining Benjamin at the guard position is freshman Carter Whitt who is averaging over 11.1 points per contest. The Pride also feature 6-foot-6 forward RJ Wilson who helped lead the team.
Last Time Out
After jumping out to a 6-2 lead against Enloe, the Wildcats went on a 16-0 run to put the game out of hand early. Felton's double-double and a big third quarter from Jabari Brown pushed Millbrook to a 76-42 victory on Friday night to move to 2-0 in the Cap-7 Conference.
The Pride held off a second half comeback from Sanderson to dispatch of the Spartans, 71-64. The victory was Leesville Road's sixth consecutive win by 10 points or less. Benjamin lead the way in scoring with 23 points.
Behind The Numbers
Millbrook owns the lifetime series over Leesville Road, 42-15. The Wildcats went 2-1 against the Pride last season with Leesville Road picking up its first win over Millbrook since February of 2013. Since Millbrook's victory over Leesville Road in the Cap-8 Tournament, the Pride has won 14 of its last 15 games, the only loss coming to Southwest Guilford in the NCHSAA 4-A State Championship.
Leesville Road's run to the state championship games was its second in school history. The last time that the Pride played for a title, Millbrook head coach Christopher Davis was an assistant coach for Leesville Road.
Tuesday night will mark Millbrook's seventh game of the season in which its opponent will enter the contest without a loss. Last week's games against Southeast Raleigh and Enloe were the only two games versus teams with at least one loss to its record.
After their last win over Leesville Road, the Wildcats proceeded to knock off 26-0 Heritage to claim the Cap-8 Tournament Championship. That win was Millbrook's last over an opponent that entered with a #1 ranking from local polls.