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Stanley scores 18 to lead Cougars over CFA boys


South Brunswick's Khalin Clemmons puts a hand on Cape Fear Academy's Evan Head's jumper during Thursday night's game at Cape Fear Academy. (Photo by Photo By: Jeff Janowski/StarNews Media)


South Brunswick boys basketball coach Scott Wainwright said he cut Caleb Stanley as a 5-foot-10 freshman two years ago.

"And this floppy-haired kid comes in for tryouts his sophomore year at 6-1 and I said, ‘Who are you?' " Wainwright said. "That was officially our introduction."

Stanley, now a junior, introduced himself to the nets in the Cape Fear Academy gym Thursday night by draining four 3-pointers and finishing with a game-high 18 points in a 42-35 Cougars win.

Dominik Moenke paced the Hurricanes with 13 points and Evan Head added 11.

"I think that was our best offensive performance; not points scored but just execution," Cape Fear coach Loren Baysden said. "We're getting closer, but then there's some things that we're very capable of doing that we're not doing. And box-outs is a big one."

South Brunswick forward James Prince was a force inside, in yanking down a game-high 14 rebounds.

"We got the looks we needed," Wainwright said, but noted they are not making enough of those shots. "We've just got to keep getting those looks. It just can't affect our defensive intensity, which right now our rhythm is a little off."

The score was tied three times in a very tight third quarter, but Stanley's 3-pointer with three ticks remaining gave his team a 31-30 lead heading into the fourth.

The second period was a see-saw affair. The Cougars reeled off a 7-0 run to start the quarter to produce a 16-11 lead, before Cape Fear used a 6-0 run to rally back for a 17-16 edge.

It was all a scratch as the clubs went into the break with a 19-19 score.

South Brunswick improves its record to 2-3, while Cape Fear falls to 3-6. The Cougars will entertain New Han-over Friday night.

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CAPE FEAR ACADEMY 34, SOUTH BRUNSWICK 22

Cape Fear Academy used an 11-1 run to start the final quarter to pull away.

Grace Andrews paced the Hurricanes with 14 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Nicole Miller added a game-high 12 rebounds.

For the Cougars, it was Jasmine Rabon with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Teammate Kacy O'Connor also pulled down 8 rebounds.

The Hurricanes started the second quarter with a 7-1 run to turn a 10-10 score into a 17-11 lead. And they took a 17-13 lead into the break.

Both clubs are off to slow starts, as Cape Fear improves to 2-7 and the Cougars are now 0-5.