Pride men’s basketball can’t overcome Millbrook on the road

DJ Horne and RJ Wilson defend the basket as Millbrook player goes up for a layup. The game ended 69-58. (Photo used by permission of Bob Stewart.DJ Horne and RJ Wilson defend the basket as Millbrook player goes up for a layup. The game ended 69-58. (Photo used by permission of Bob Stewart.

The Leesville men’s varsity basketball team traveled to face conference foes, Millbrook, on Wednesday November 8. The Pride fell short to the Wildcats in a 69-58 loss, making them 8-5 in conference play.

The Pride topped the Wildcats 71-59 in their first meeting; however, the Wildcats got their revenge with superior defense in the second and fourth quarters. Leesville was only able to net one field goal in the second quarter and two in the fourth.

Leesville made a huge comeback in the third quarter as they went on a 14-2 run.  They were even leading 47-45 entering the fourth due to high scoring by Alex Hunter and Jalen Benjamin, who scored 10 and 8 points respectively during the third. Hunter finished the game with 17 points and Benjamin with 14; Jonathan Mebane also led the Pride in scoring with 15 points.

Millbrook’s victory forced a tie between themselves and the Pride for second place in the conference at 8-5.

If both teams remain tied after tonight’s game, the Pride will win the tiebreaker because they will have the better record against the 4th-seeded Wake Forest. That will leave the Cap-8 standings with Heritage at the helm with a perfect record followed by Leesville, Millbrook and Wake Forest. These rankings will come into play next week as the Cap-8 tournament begins.
The Pride will finish their season at home on tonight against Wakefield. Make sure to come out and watch the senior play in their last regular season game. For all live in game tweets follow the Leesville Basketball account @LeesvilleMBB.

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