Nick Perry, CFNN Reporter
Last Thursday, the Colts traveled to Moorehead City to take on the 6th seed West Carteret Patriots in the second round of the 3A NCHSAA state playoffs. It was a nail biter from start to finish, but Cape Fear pulled out another historic win!
This win advances the Colts to the third round for the first time since 1998. West Carteret was the 6th seed coming into the game, which mades Cape Fear the underdog, but once again, the Colts were not ready to go home. West Carteret boasted an overall record of (21-5) and (10-0) in their conference, so the Colts knew that this win would not be easy.
The player of the game was Marquail James, who scored a game-high 20 points, pulled down 4 rebounds, and tallied 5 assists. James hit several jump shots early, gaining him momentum as the game went on.
Coach Alphonsa Kee was extremely proud of his team afterward. He even stopped to pose for some pictures!
“One of the biggest wins in over 22 years; it was an electric atmosphere to play in,” said Kee. “I am so proud to watch my seniors step up and lead in a hostile environment and even more proud to watch us handle adversity and not fold, it was a character win,’’ added Kee.
Putting in his usual hard work was freshman sensation Tremayne Parker. His points were below his season average, but he created several opportunities for the Colts with hard drives to the basket. His repeated offensive pressure allowed several wide open looks for teammates RJ McDonald and Chase Dawkins.
“We fought our absolute hardest game this whole entire year; that was a great team and for us to come out on top drives us harder for the next game,’’ said Parker after the game.
Senior Chase Dawkins was one of the beneficiaries of Parker’s unselfish play. Dawkins added 12 points to the Colts tally, hitting 2 clutch three-pointers in the 4th quarter, which helped seal the victory for Cape Fear.
“I had a hot night. It was especially easy with the crowd support and Tremayne and Marquail feeding me,” Dawkins reflected. “The defense just collapsed on them and they were able to get me the ball. They are great teammates,” said Dawkins.
This win sends the Colts to the third round to play the number 3 seeded Northwood Chargers, who advanced on a buzzer-beating three-pointer against Terry Sanford. Come out and support our Colts and watch them take on Northwood for the battle of the third round!