During the pre-game shoot around the Sea Devils (11-14, 2-7) seemed focused and prepared for Spartanburg Methodist College (21-5, 7-2). The Sea Devils never stopped pushing. It just wasn’t enough as Cape Fear lost by three points, 65-68.
“We’re very close and every game that we’ve lost, we have either led or been very close,” Cape Fear head coach Ryan Mantlo said. The team responded well by playing gritty and motivated throughout the game. It was obvious the Sea Devils wanted to establish a post game, with sophomore point guard Rakeem Wilson often finding the open man down low.
Through the majority of the second half Spartanburg Methodist had control of the game, never letting the Sea devils cut the lead to less than six points. The leadership and scoring ability of Emmanuel Andrews kept the Sea Devils fighting. Andrews had 24 points, with 21 of them coming in the second half.
With about three minutes to go in the game the Sea Devils made their run, cutting the lead to two. Spartanburg Methodist could almost see the game slipping away but it was a little too late for the Sea Devils. Down by three points with 1.2 seconds left, Emmanuel Andrews put up a half court shot that just missed off the rim.
“There is no doubt we’re getting better, I still have high expectations for this team. I plan to be in Kansas still,” Mantlo said post game.
If you want to catch your Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils in action. They will be home vs. Denmark Technical Friday February 24th, with game time at 7 p.m. So come out and support your Sea Devils.
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