Cape Fear Christian Academy posted a nonconference basketball sweep over Community Christian at Peace Church in Wilson on Tuesday evening.
The varsity boys improved to 4-0 with a 99-63 win despite a strong scoring effort by senior Jimmy Forte of the Cyclones. The Lady Eagles moved to 2-1 with a 49-34 victory. CFCA’s junior varsity boys took their season opener, 62-30.
Austin Locklear led the CFCA varsity boys with 20 points. Sila Tako had 12 points, four assists, four steals and four rebounds.
Everyone played big minutes and it’s huge for our guys when multiple players get a chance to get up and down and play,” said Eagles varsity boys coach Kalen Eddings. “We didn’t do a great job guarding the ball, so we’ll dive back into that this upcoming week at practice.”
The Eagles visit Grace Christian of Sanford on Thursday and have varsity games at Lakewood on Friday.
“We have three away games in four days, so it should be fun to see how our guys respond to playing on the road for three straight games,” Eddings said.
Forte had 34 points. He has received recruiting interest from East Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia Tech.
“I can’t say enough about how talented Forte is as a scorer,” Eddings said. “We told our guys before the game that staying in front of him would be a challenge and we had a point total to hold him under as a group. … Let’s just say we were not successful considering he had 30 plus.
“Overall I continue to be impressed with how we’re looking to attack on offense. 99 points in a 32-minute game is impressive considering we didn’t do much running.”
CFCA used an inside attack that featured Zykia Matthews (13 points), Talisha McNeill (11), Meredith Taylor (10) and Aubree Bass (7).
“I was really pleased with how we attacked,” said CFCA girls coach Bobby Lamb. “We played as a team. It was a team effort.”
Zeke Brock and Jakson Cullen each had 17 points for the junior varsity boys. Reid Miller scored 11 and Grayson Barefoot added 10.
“We played great defense,” said CFCA JV coach Dwain Ellis. “We rebounded very, very well. We had a slow first quarter, but got into the swing of things. Everybody scored but Trevor McLamb and he had 12 rebounds. He started because he’s worked really, really hard.”