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Sea Devils lose in opening round of tournament

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Trailing by as many as 14 in the second half, the Cape FearCommunity College men's basketball team closed the deficit to three with sevenminutes to go in the contest, but South Plains put in work on the offensiveglass and took advantage of 20 Sea Devil turnovers to pick up the 93-81 win ingame two of the 67th Annual National Junior College AthleticAssociation Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Anthony Vanhook, Cape Fear's leading scorer this season, put in agame-high 21 points before he fouled out with three minutes to play, and CordeaWilson added 17 to pace the Sea Devils. Averaging just 9.4 points per game thisyear, Demetrus Abrams also had a strong season-finale off the bench for CapeFear with 16 points, which included four shots from downtown,.

South Plains shot 61 percent from the field as Clayton Jones hitfor all 15 of his points after the break, and six-foot, nine-inch MichaelKarena opened the final 20 minutes with six straight points to give SouthPlains a 51-38 cushion.

Cape Fear made 19-of-20 from the free throw line to keep the gamecompetitive, but South Plains had an answer to every spurt run off by the SeaDevils. Billy D. Williams hit four trifectas in the first half for the Texansto finish with 16 points and Roderick Lawrence put in a team-high 17 to leadsix players in double figures for South Plains.

With the Texans leading 56-42, Cape Fear outscored its opponent23-12 over the next eight minutes as JT Murphy hit a deep three-ball from thetop of the arc to make it 58-55 with 6:55 to go in the game. Murphy finishedwith 10 for the Sea Devils.

Jones answered the call for South Plains with his third trey of thenight and Roderick Lawrence threw down a one-handed tomahawk slam to give theTexans enough breathing room to close out the contest.

A quick 9-2 spurt after the Lawrence jam put the game out of reachas South Plains was able to keep possessions alive on the offensive boards onthree different occasions down the stretch to advance in the tournament.

Cape Fear finished the year at 19-14 as the Region X Champions andsaw their five game win streak come to an end in the setback. The Sea Devilsmade their third appearance in six years at Hutchinson. 

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