RALEIGH — Leesville Road recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to force overtime and take a 59-52 win at Broughton Wednesday.
The victory — Leesville’s sixth in its last seven games — moved the Pride (10-10, 6-4) to second place in the Cap Eight, tied with Broughton.
“We started out the season a little slow, but we stayed together as a team, kept working and knew it would get better,” said senior Brandon Staves, who led all scorers with 18 points. “This was a pretty big game for us ... but we still have a few big games left.”
Leesville Road used a 22-10 third quarter run to take the lead heading into the fourth quarter. A shot by Broughton’s Cameron Gottfried rimmed out at the final buzzer, sending the teams into overtime at 48 points. Gottfried led Broughton with 17 points.
The Pride controlled the extra period, and sealed the win by shooting 8-12 from the free throw line in overtime.
Second-year coach Russ Frazier said while it took some time for the young Pride to get into a groove, the team has steadily improved.
“Our biggest thing is to get better every day, and it shows in the more relaxed our young guys have been able to be,” he said.
Both Leesville and Broughton sit behind undefeated Millbrook, and must face the Wildcats again this week before the regular season comes to a close. The Cap Eight tournament begins Feb. 18.