Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity boys basketball team was edged, 69-66, in overtime by visiting New Garden Friends of Greensboro in Mid-Carolina Conference play on Monday night.
CFCA’s junior varsity boys were 50-30 winners over New Garden and the Eagles’ middle school girls and boys won their MCC openers at Crossroads Christian.
The Eagles were dealt am 80-61 varsity boys road loss by the Bears on November 28. CFCA coach Dwain Ellis noted significant improvement in the second contest with the first-year MCC members.
“We played our best collective defense this season,” Ellis said. “It was a step up in realizing our potential. (Jakson) Cullen did a great job on their star player, holding him to 10 points. Lathan (Wilborn) played a great game, scoring 10 points in the second half.”
Zeke Brock led the Eagles with 26 points. The senior guard had 33 points in the earlier matchup with NGF, hitting 11 of 11 free throws. CFCA didn’t get to the line with any regularity on Monday night.
The Bears had a 20-7 lead in free throws for the game. CFCA shot just two free throws after halftime on a technical foul. All of the points for the visitors in overtime came on foul shots. The Eagles were outscored 16-4 at the line for the game.
Ball handlers Caden Scarborough and Cullen fouled out, making CFCA more susceptible to a trapping zone.
The Eagles had a 6=point lead in the fourth quarter.
Scarborough and Wilborn each had 10 points. Cole Godwin scored seven. Cullen had six points and Kayden Dunkins had five points. Justin Chestnut added two points.
The Eagles are 3-5 overall and 1-3 in league play.
CFCA visits Crossroads on Friday for junior varsity boys, varsity girls and varsity boys games.
Junior Varsity Boys
The CFCA JV led 23-8 at the half.
“Our shots weren’t falling near as much as we would have liked,” said Eagles coach Bill Parrish. “Our defense has been improving each game. We are using a lot of different sets to create pressure and turnovers.
“We are getting a lot of deflections, and our guys are getting out and running the floor for transition baskets.”
Conner Parrish had 13 points and five rebounds for CFCA (4-1, 2-0 MCC). Fisher Stancil gad 12 points and six rebounds. Justin Chestnut had 11 points and nine rebounds. Cade Godwin tallied eight points. Adding two points each were Taylor Smith, Eli Burns and Greyson Avent.
The CFCA boys followed a 36-21 win by the Eagle girls by topping Crossroads, 32-22.
“The girls played great defense and did a great job offensively, really seeing the court,” said CFCA girls coach Falon Kessler.
Ella Wilborn had 13 points for the Eagle girls. Kinsley Godwin and Lily Stanley scored five each. Mary Andemichael had four points. Sailor Phillips had three points. Netting two points apiece were Avery Lassiter, Carolina Wynns and Finley Phillips.
Eli Shwaikeh led the CFCA boys with 21 points. Tyson Stephens scored seven and Collin McLeod had four points.
“The defense was on point and stopped penetration,” said CFCA boys coach Alex Godwin. “Crossroads pressed the entire game and we were able to handle it.”
CFCA is scheduled to visit Lee Christian for MCC middle school matchups on December 14.