Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity boys basketball team jumped out to a 29-4 lead in the first quarter and defeated visiting Lighthouse, a homeschool association based in Wake Forest, 87-30 in CFCA’s season opener on Tuesday night.
The clock started running continuously in the third quarter.
E.J. Bethea led CFCA with 23 points, Dillon Butler scored 15, Riley Adams totaled 13 and Parker Watson added 12 in J.D. Johnson’s first game as coach at the area program.
Johnson liked CFCA’s intensity on defense and unselfishness on offense. Effective ball movement produced 11 made baskets from beyond the arc.
Post player Michael Okoye had six points in the win. Scoring four points each were Lucas Capalbo and Richard Edwards. Marcus Owens and Spencer George had three points each. Eli O’Brien and Ramiro Arrillaga contributed two points apiece as every player who dressed got into the scoring column.
A moment of silence was held for 2018 CFCA graduate Geremiah Olvera prior to the varsity boys game. Olvera, a freshman at Campbell, was killed in an automobile accident on Monday night. Olvera was not at fault, according to the highway patrol.
Lighthouse won the varsity girls game, 49-40, despite 14 points from eighth-grader Meredith Taylor. Anslee McLamb scored nine for the hosts.
CFCA got four points each from Kristen Bass, Leah Brannon, Meghan Taylor and Talisha McNeil. Jada Horne added one point.
The evening began with a 69-50 victory for the CFCA junior varsity boys as Deshaun Woods led the way with 26 points. Zeke Brock had 19 points. Reid Miller and Dolan Adams got six points each. Barrett Raynor had five points. Trey Tripp scored four points and Jaden Crumley added three.
The varsity girls host James Kenan for a scrimmage Thursday at 6 p.m. The JV and varsity boys are home Friday against Raleigh Homeschool beginning at 5 p.m.