Millbrook Blasts Northern

DURHAM, N.C. – Two of the top juniors in the state of North Carolina tangled on Thursday night. For a half, it was a heckuva basketball game but a 13-point second half did Northern in.

Millbrook Flexes Its Muscle

Raleigh Millbrook is thought to be a state title contender and most thought they would smack Northern Durham around in Thursday night's game. Eventually, they did and won the contest 73-52 behind a season-high 25 points from Durrall Peterson.

Northern, a team with two young standouts in Roy Bright and Montez Smith, has yet to put it together this season.

With that said, they still came out smoking against Millbrook, largely on the strength of an 11-point opening quarter by Bright. The junior had Northern within striking distance at 24-21 at the end of one quarter. He supplied the offense and defense on Cameron Stanley (3 first half points).

Meanwhile, Peterson was drilling 3s throughout the entire first half. Still, underdog Northern was able to post a surprising one-point lead.

Bright scored 13 points in the first half. There was a nice tempo to his game as he rebounded, looked for teammates and scored when needed. Then, frustration began to set in. Bright's second half touches were limited and when it looked like his team needed him to take a few shots, they didn't get him the basketball. The result was a 5-point third quarter followed by an 8-point fourth that led to Millbrook's rout.

Credit Millbrook, especially in the second half for icing this one away. They're well-coached, disciplined and unselfish. They are playing at a high level, especially considering how early in the season it is.

Bright led Northern with 15 points and 9 rebounds on a 4-for-12 shooting night. Peterson was the big gun for Millbrook but Stanley did chip in 14 points and 3 rebounds.

NOTES – Assistants from Florida State and Tennessee were in the building to watch Bright. … Elon head coach Mark Simons was taking the action. Junior Simon Harris is on Elon's watchlist for next season. … Representatives from Division II Armstrong Atlantic and UNC-Pembroke were in the gym as well. … Thursday marked the first time in our two years of watching Bright in regular season action that he did not reach 28 points. … Northern sophomore Montez Smith had 11 points but couldn't get his long-range game going (1-for-6 3-point attempts).

Next up for is Friday night's game matching Greensboro Smith against Greensboro Dudley. The always powerful Dudley squard features a pair of young big men in Kevin Swinton and William Graves. Beginning Dec. 18 we'll have coverage from the City of Palms Invitational!

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