Host Greenfield held off Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity boys basketball team for an 82-75 win Saturday in the third round of the NCISAA 1-A playoffs as Creighton Lebo made six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points for the defending state champions.
CFCA (15-13) played the Knights (29-6) closer than in an 83-65 loss at home on Dec. 10.
“We competed,” said Eagles coach Kalen Eddings. “I told the guys that’s what they can take away from this. We made some mistakes on offense in the final minute and had to foul.”
CFCA trailed 69-57 in the fourth quarter but began a comeback with a 3-pointer by Jamael Carter with 5:30 left. An alley-oop from Carter to Jeremyah McWilliams for a 3-point play with 3:16 to go got the Eagles within 70-67.
McWilliams made two free throws to trim the deficit to 75-71 with 1:40 remaining but the Eagles could get no closer down the stretch.
McWilliams, Austin Locklear and Carter had 18 points each for CFCA. Greg Moneymaker scored 11, Silla Tako tallied eight and Alijah Miles had two points. Paul Tako had seven rebounds and McWilliams grabbed five.
Lebo, the son of former East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, had five threes in the third quarter as Greenfield extended a 36-32 halftime lead to 60-52 going into the fourth. Collin Guilford added 23 points for the Knights, who will meet The Burlington School (24-10) in the semifinals at Covenant Day School in Matthews on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Sandhills Athletic Conference foes Trinity Christian (26-2) and Northwood Temple (21-14) play in the other semifinal at 5:30 p.m.
The Knights topped the Spartans, 62-61, in a previous meeting in Kinston on Jan. 18.