Bradley Barnes scored 15 consecutive points in the second half to lead Millbrook to a 63-57 win over Parkview in the Lake City Classic.
Between the final minutes of the third quarter, and the opening three minutes of the fourth, Barnes tallied 15 of the Wildcats’ 28 second half points. The junior lead Millbrook in scoring with a career-high 19 points.
Adrian Scarborough and Phillip Burwell combined for 10 of the Wildcats’ 18 first quarter points. 6 of Millbrook’s first 12 points came from Scarborough who finished in double figures for a second straight game.
The Wildcats took a 35-23 lead into the halftime break. Barnes closed out the second stanza scoring with a late two-point basket. Millbrook established its largest lead of first half following a Collin Lewis three, giving them a 31-16 advantage.
The Panthers came out of the gates strong in the third period, narrowing their deficit to as little as five points. That’s when Barnes caught fire.
On the strength of back-to-back three-point baskets, Barnes gave the Wildcats a 46-35 lead through three.
“I didn’t shoot the ball as well as I would have liked in the first half” said Barnes, “that stretch of 15 straight felt like I was shooting during practice”.
After scoring a career-high 17 points last week against Leesville Road, the 6’2 guard poured in a three to open the final quarter, followed it with two free throws, and finished off his new career-best in points with a pair of two-point baskets.
“Bradley shot the ball really well tonight, it was good to see that our guys were finding him in good spots” added Millbrook head coach Christopher Davis.
The Wildcats’ 17-point fourth quarter lifted them to their first win in the Lake City Classic. Millbrook will face Cartersville (GA) on Friday night in the consolation bracket, a win would earn the team a fourth game in the tournament on Saturday.
Barnes’ 19 points lead the Wildcats, Scarborough added 12 points and 9 rebounds, and Phillip Burwell scored seven.
Parkview (GA) will play its final game in the tournament on Friday against North Cobb Christian (GA). Tyler Wagner lead the Panthers in scoring with 15 points.