For three quarters, New Life Christian Academy of Fayetteville moved the ball and connected from long range against the zone defense of host Cape Fear Christian Academy in a nonconference varsity boys basketball matchup on Monday night.
The Monarchs hit 13 shots from beyond the arc to take a 68-57 lead into the final period.
“I stayed in the zone because I thought the percentages would play out,” said CFCA coach Kalen Eddings.
But the Eagles coach opted for man-to-man to start the fourth quarter and saw his team outscore the Monarchs 25-8 over the last eight minutes for an 82-76 win.
Austin Locklear had 19 points as CFCA improved to 6-2 with coaches from UNC Pembroke and Davidson Community College among those in attendance.
Jeremyah McWilliams had 15 points, 12 rebounds, four steals and blocked two shots against his former team. McWilliams made two free throws to put the Eagles ahead to stay at 74-72.
Jamael Carter had 14 points and three assists for CFCA. Sila Tako had 13 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Twin brother Paul Tako added 11 points. Greg Moneymaker hit a 3-pointer and scored off a steal to start the fourth quarter as he totaled 10 points.
Alvin Singleton led New Life (4-4) with a game-high 21 points on seven threes.
CFCA girls win, 50-5
The CFCA girls returned from a Thanksgiving layoff to down New Life, 50-5, as Aubree Bass scored 14 points and Ella John Dupree tallied 13.
CFCA coach Bobby Lamb got his entire roster significant minutes.
Kristen Bass had seven points as the Lady Eagles improved to 4-2. Zykia Matthews and Meredith Taylor had four points each. Rachel Thornton scored two points.
CFCA hosts Lakewood for varsity girls and boys games on Wednesday night.