CFNN Reporter Nick Perry 

The Cape Fear Men’s Basketball team has started off the season 0-2 with losses to E.E. Smith and Terry Sanford. Both games were hard fought, but the Colts came up just short in both. 

The story throughout the two games has been defending scoring down low. Against E.E. Smith, the Colts gave up 24 points and 18 rebounds to Center James Scott. Terry Sanford attacked down low all night, and shot well from outside. With an injured bench, the Colts are short Forward Jeremiah Melvin, Point Guard Damien Gary, and Shooting Guard Jacary Lightsey who all played a key role on this team in the 2021-2022 season.

Senior guard Massaun Bryant throughout 2 games is leading the team in stats all across the board. While averaging 31 points, Bryant is leading the team in rebounds and assists.

“I feel like my points aren’t the number one thing I’m focused on right now coming off of two losses. So this isn’t really a big thing to me. Also I already knew coming into the season with some of the starting guys hurt more production would be needed. We aren’t the team that can be laid back and win off of talent, every person matters and we have to know our roles. It will pick up as the season progresses. I believe in us 100%,” said Massaun. 

These were very anticipated games with a huge crowd at both, the games were loud and had a great atmosphere. The Colts showed that they had grit and played very hard but are still seeking their first win. 

“We knew that those two games were going to be a battle, and we knew with some of our core guys out they would be tough games to win. With that said, I didn’t feel like we executed enough on both sides of the ball, but we are going to continue to improve day by day and the wins will come.” said head coach Alphonza Kee. 

The Colts have favorable matchups against Purnell Swett and Fairmont next week, so a bounce back is coming and hopes still remain high for this very talented team.