The Cape Fear Christian Academy varsity boys basketball team faced a 39-30 deficit at halftime against visiting Crossroads Christian of Henderson in the second round of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 1-A playoffs on Thursday night.
The Eagles came back to lead 66-56 with just over three minutes remaining before advancing with a 72-70 victory.
CFCA, the No. 7 seed for the state tournament, visits second-seeded Greenfield, the defending champions, on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the third round.
Greenfield (28-6) took an 83-65 win in the Eagles’ gym on Dec. 10, despite 31 points by Austin Locklear.
A pair of double-doubles were pivotal for CFCA (15-11) after a nine-day layoff since the Sandhills Athletic Conference tournament. Jeremyah McWilliams had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Tako had 16 points and 12 rebounds. McWilliams was nine of 12 from the field.
Locklear had 16 points, making all four of his free throws. Jamael Carter was seven of eight at the line in adding 11 points. Carter had three assists and three steals.
Silla Tako had eight points. Greg Moneymaker added three points and four assists.
Taylor Bell led the Colts (15-12) with 33 points and Zach Murphy scored 23.
“Those two guys are good and their other guys made some shots when they had to,” said Eagles coach Kalen Eddings.
The Eagles made 19 of 25 foul shots, 76 percent.
A free throw by Paul Tako provided a 72-68 lead with 21.7 seconds to go. Paul Tako had a defensive rebound with 12 seconds left. Bell drove and scored for the Colts just before time ran out.