Cape Fear Community College men, women hoops one win away from Region 10 Tournament Title

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Men’s basketball

 No. 1 Cape Fear CC 94    No. 5 Clinton Junior College 67

 In search of a third straight Region 10 Championship, the Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team took one step closer to achieving its goal as the top-seeded Sea Devils used a big push in the first half to break away from No. 5 Clinton Junior College for a 94-67 victory in Pinehurst on Friday afternoon.

The Sea Devils are looking to clinch its third straight trip to the national tournament. Photo courtesy- CFCC Athletics
The Sea Devils are looking to clinch its third straight trip to the national tournament. Photo courtesy- CFCC Athletics

“I’m real proud of our effort and execution today,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “We look forward to going into battle tomorrow in the hopes of bringing home a title.”

Cape Fear took a double-digit advantage with seven minutes to go in the opening period and went on a 7-2 spurt in the waning seconds of the frame to go up 46-31 at the break. Sophomore guard Michael Chambers paced a balanced scoring effort early in the ball game, scoring 12 of his game-high 20 points during the early run.

A couple of shots from beyond the arc extended the Sea Devils’ cushion to 73-52 with 6:53 remaining as Cape Fear grabbed a three game season sweep over Clinton Junior College.

Josh Lindsey drained five treys in the contest to close with 18 points as six players finished in double figures. Tyrek Coger picked up the scoring in the second half and closed with 14 points, while Alonzo Tyson chipped in with 13.

With a chance to clinch a spot in the National Junior College Championship (NJCAA), the Sea Devils compete in the Region 10 Title game against Spartanburg Methodist at 3:30 p.m. in Pinehurst on Saturday. Cape Fear split a pair of regular season contests against Spartanburg, dropping a 110-80 contest in their final home game of the year on Feb. 20.

 

Women’s basketball

 No. 1 Cape Fear CC 79     No. 4 Brunswick CC 43

With a number one seed in the Region 10 Tournament and opening round bye after cruising through its regular season schedule, the Cape Fear Community College women’s basketball team blew past No. 4 Brunswick Community College in a 79-43 result in Bolivia on Friday night.

Cape Fear looks to clinch its first Region 10 Title on Saturday
Cape Fear looks to clinch its first Region 10 Title on Saturday

Coming off a 47-point performance for the Lady Dolphins in game one of the event, the Sea Devils clamped down on Brunswick’s all-time leading scorer Brianna Baham (Laney).

Cape Fear extended its winning streak to 24 straight, improving to 24-1 overall. The Sea Devils are 6-0 at neutral sites this season.

Cape Fear looks to earn a spot in the national tournament for the first time in program history when the Sea Devils return to the floor on Saturday. Cape Fear faces the winner of Guilford Tech and Louisburg College in the Region 10 Finals at 2 p.m. at Brunswick Community College. The Sea Devils swept both opponents during the regular season.

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