Cape Fear Christian Academy split a pair of lopsided varsity basketball games against visiting South Wake on Monday. The Eagles won the boys game and the Sabres won the girls game.
Cape Fear Christian had to make some early adjustments, but rolled to a 77-35 win over South Wake in the boys game.
“I’m trying to hold them accountable, make sure they play together and play hard all of the time,” said CFCA boys coach Steve Mims, Jr. “We had some people get taken out of the game or sat down, because some things had to happen discipline-wise for them to understand that it’s a team concept and it’s not about them. So, we may take some losses early for having to teach this, because it’s not something we can ignore. But once we overcome it, we’ll be successful.”
Cinque Lemon had 15 points apiece, Zeke Brock had 12 points and Amari Pearson had 11 points to lead the Eagles (7-1).
David Okropiridze and Paul Tako had six points apiece. Darris Simmons had five points. Truman Claytor had four points. Deshawn Woods had three points.
Sophomore Daniel Baker had 13 points to pace the Sabres (0-3).
With a large number of fouls being called in the first half, the Eagles had to adjust to both the flow of the game and the calls themselves, but after making the adjustment, CFCA pulled away, outscoring South Wake 24-10 in the first quarter and 41-10 in the second quarter to lead 65-20 at halftime.
“We’re the bigger team, so we’re not going to get the benefit of the doubt,” Mims said. “So, I understood potentially how the refs could call it, because we’re so aggressive. It’s just something we have to adjust to and catch on to early.”
With the clock continuously running throughout the second half, CFCA outscored South Wake 12-6 in the third quarter, but South Wake outscored CFCA reserves, 9-0, in the fourth.
Cape Fear Christian was unable to find offensive consistency in a 69-24 loss to South Wake in the girls game.
“That’s a well-seasoned team,” said CFCA girls coach Bobby Lamb. “They finished last year 25-4 and returned a lot of their players this year. So, we knew playing them tonight would give us some learning experience. I feel like our defense did OK, but I feel like our offense is not clicking.”
Junior Gracie Byrd had 12 points to lead the Eagles (3-3) and Meredith Taylor and Ella John Dupree had six points apiece.
Junior Abbie George had 13 points and freshman Kennady Milligan and senior Isabella Webb had 11 points apiece to lead the Sabres (3-0).
South Wake outscored CFCA in all four quarters: 22-5 in the first, 13-7 in the second, 21-7 in the third and 13-5 in the fourth.
After taking time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Cape Fear Christian returns to action Dec. 3 at New Life Christian Academy.
“We actually get to have some practices and get better,” Mims said. “That’s the main thing we’ve got to do. During this break we’re going to spend some time with our families and then we’re going to get back in this gym and we’re going to get it together. We’ve got a huge, huge week coming up.”