Martin Luther King Junior Day culminates with Cape Fear Community College, high school hoops

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WILMINGTON — The annual celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day culminated in downtown Wilmington on Monday afternoon as Cape Fear Community College held its annual MLK Day contest at the Schwartz Center.

A strong second half on both ends of the floor helped the Sea Devils extend their winning streak to 11 straight games following a 103-75 victory over Johnson Community College. A pair of players finished with double-doubles for Cape Fear. Alonzo Tyson led the way with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks, while Alston Davis finished with 19 points and 16 boards.

Cape Fear Community College is off to a 15-2 start this season. Photo courtesy- GoSeaDevils.com
Cape Fear Community College is off to a 15-2 start this season. (Photo courtesy of GoSeaDevils.com)

“I thought we were very lackluster to start the game, we just didn’t come out with the energy we needed,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo. “I thought defensively we were okay, but just really sloppy with the ball with 16 turnovers in the first half.”

With just a four-point lead at halftime, 37-33,  the Sea Devils picked it up after the break and opened with an 8-0 run. Tyson was active down low, scoring six quick points.

Cape Fear’s focus in the second half was to feed the post. Whether getting the ball in the block to Tyson or DeVarte Watson, the emphasis on the post led to the push. As a result, other areas of the offense opened up.

“As we continue on this journey we’ve got to learn how to play through our posts,” Mantlo added. “We’ve got two very good posts, and the more we can get the ball inside out the better.”

The Sea Devils improved to 15-2 on the season. Their next game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 20, as the Cape Fear River is renewed when CFCC plays host to Brunswick Community College. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jam at Union High School 

Laney 51    Coastal Christian 33

The Bucs snapped a four-game skid on Monday afternoon in a 51-33 victory over Coastal Christian. Chris Bennett paced Laney with a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Billingslea added 11 points.

After jumping out to a 13-4 lead after the first quarter, the Bucs maintained a double digit cushion at the break. Hunter Cook chipped in with nine points in the effort as Laney improved to 8-9 overall. The Bucs (1-4, 8-9) return to conference play at home on Tuesday against Ashley (5-1, 11-6).

Jack Britt 64    West Brunswick 52