Going into the semifinals in the Cap-8 tournament, Leesville Road had faced Millbrook two previous times, both teams winning one game at their respective gyms. Thursday night’s matchup proved to be the tiebreaker between the two teams.
Millbrook controlled the game from start to finish and defeated Leesville 77-72 to reach the championship game of the Cap-8 tournament for the second straight year.
The first quarter saw a slow paced game and a multitude of missed shots by both teams. Despite the slow start, the Pride went on a small scoring run to end the first quarter of play leading Millbrook 12-10.
In the second quarter, Leesville managed to keep the game close with Millbrook. DJ Horne, sophomore, knocked down two three’s, but Millbrook was unfazed and took a 33-24 lead and momentum into halftime.
Once again, the second half proved to be similar to the second quarter. Leesville made scoring runs, but Millbrook continued to answer them. This allowed the Wildcat’s to keep a steady lead and finish off the Pride in the fourth quarter to advance to the championship game.
Millbrook went on to ruin Heritage’s undefeated season hopes, as they took down Heritage 57-54 in the Cap-8 tournament championship.
Jonathan Mebane, senior, scored his first double-double of the season with 25 points and 11 rebounds and RJ Wilson, sophomore, scored 11 points and 7 rebounds for Leesville.
After the championship game on Saturday, the Cap-8 All-Conference team was announced and Leesville’s Alex Hunter, senior, Jonathan Mebane, and Jalen Benjamin, sophomore.
With the regular season and conference tournament now over the Pride look towards the big prize, a 4A State Championship. Leesville will travel to D.H. Conley on Tuesday to take on the Viking’s in the first round of the playoffs.
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