Cape Fear Christian Academy won the 2018 Senior Classic boys basketball tournament Saturday, pulling away to a 75-51 victory over Crossroads Christian at CFCA.
The hosts outscored the Colts 16-4 in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles improved to 4-1 as Riley Adams led five players into double figures with 17 points. Adams made five of eight field goal attempts and all six of his free throws.
E.J. Bethea and Lucas Capalbo each scored 16 points for CFCA. Marcus Owens and Michael Okoye toiled inside for 12 and 11, respectively.
Okoye had 16 rebounds and Owens pulled down 14. Capalbo had nine assists.
Ramiro Arrillaga had two points and Parker Watson scored one.
The Eagle varsity boys play Heritage Christian at Methodist University on Friday at 7 p.m.
CFCA Girls Topped By Southern Wake
A scoring drought in the second and third quarters was a difference-maker as Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity girls basketball team was edged 46-40 by visiting Southern Wake Academy in the girls championship game of the 2018 CFCA Senior Classic on Saturday.
“We started off early in the first quarter and thought we were going to get momentum,” said CFCA girls coach Bobby Lamb. “But in the second quarter, they came back and took the momentum and it was an 11-point turnaround. That was hard to overcome. We came close, but at the end, they played good ball.”
Anslee McLamb had 12 points and Kristin Bass had 11 points to lead the Eagles (2-2).
Leah Brannon had eight points, Talisha McNeill had four points and Meredith Taylor had three points.
Lamb was pleased with the defense the Eagles played.
“Our defense is our key this year to winning or losing,” Lamb said. “We’re going to bank on our defense this year. We haven’t really gotten our offense yet where we have anyone that’s going to stand out or shoot the lights out, but we’re working on it.”
Three players scored in double digits to lead the Lions (3-1). Emily Driver led all scorers with 15 points, Anya O’Neil had 11 points and Julia Emore had 10 points.
The Eagles led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and were holding a 23-13 lead midway through the second when they went on a scoring drought that lasted until a Taylor three broke the drought midway through the third.
The Lions took advantage by going on an 11-0 run to take a 34-23 lead and led 40-30 at the end of the third quarter.
The Eagles played tough defense in the fourth, getting the stops they needed to help cut the lead to as low as four, at 42-38. But they could not get the necessary shots to fall to overtake the Lions.
“The girls didn’t let their heads down,” Lamb said. “They kept on fighting and gave themselves a chance to win the game.”
Cape Fear Christian will have a long layoff before its next game, as the Eagles do not play again until after the Thanksgiving break.
“We’ve got to get back in the rhythm,” Lamb said. “We’re off for Thanksgiving break. We’ve got so much to be thankful for. Other kids don’t have the opportunities that we have in the United States. So, I told the girls to be thankful, to be blessed and to be around their families for the holiday.”
In the two consolation games Saturday, Berean Baptist Academy swept the contests, beating Crossroads Christian 51-39 in the girls game and edging Southern Wake Academy 57-51 in the boys game.