Paul and Sila Tako started on Senior Night for Cape Fear Christian Academy’s varsity boys basketball team in a 79-46 win over Freedom Christian on Tuesday.
The twins were born in south Sudan and lived for a time in Egypt before moving to Sydney, Australia, where their parents continue to reside. The senior frontcourt performers transferred to CFCA before last season after their previous school, Hickory Christian, ceased operations.
Eagles coach Steve Mims Jr. cited the duo for their athletic prowess as well as their academic achievements in a pregame ceremony.
CFCA guard Tristin Harkins hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter as the hosts took a 19-7 lead.
Harkins had 20 points as the Eagles improved to 19-6 overall and 6-0 in the Sandhills Athletic Conference. CFCA was without leading scorer Cinque Lemon and Truman Claytor due to non-COVID ailments.
Caden Bell had 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter. Kaleb Siler added 11 points. Sila Tako had a pair of dunks in the fourth quarter, the first on an assist by his twin brother, and totaled nine points.
Amari Pearson scored seven and Jabare Perry tallied six. Scoring three points each were David Okropiridze, Zeke Brock and Paul Tako. Deshawn Woods had two points.
Freedom won the varsity girls game, 64-42. Meredith Taylor led the Lady Eagles with 13 points and Leah Brannon scored 11. Gracie Byrd had seven points. Ella John Dupree and Perri Caroline Ennis scored four apiece. Reyna Johnson had two points.
Johnson and fellow senior Natalia Brocious were recognized before the girls game. CFCA coach Bobby Lamb said the senior girls have great attitudes and bring joy with their presence.
The Eagle teams have league games hosted by Trinity Christian on Friday.