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Sea Devils hoops ranked 9th in preseason poll

Cape Fear C.C. Press Release

Wilmington, NC - Coming off the programs third trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament in six years, Sporting News, listed this week the Cape Fear Community College men's basketball team at No. 9 in the division I junior college Top-25 preseason rankings.

"We are extremely humbled to receive this ranking, but at the same time don't want to get fat and happy about making the preseason rankings," said CFCC Coach Ryan Mantlo, who's entering his ninth season as head of the Sea Devils basketball program.  "We will continue to work on becoming better every day and prepare ourselves for a great ride this season."

After posting a 19-14 record as the Region 10 Champions, and with key pieces returning from last year's team, Mantlo is excited about defending the conference title along with his veteran players and newcomers to the roster.

"We are absolutely thrilled with this year's recruiting class," said Mantlo. "We return nine players from last year's championship team and we have added some terrific talent to go along with the returners. With so much depth and talent at each position, these kids are going to have to bring it every day if they want to get time on the floor."

One of those solid performers from the magical run last season is back for Cape Fear, as six-foot four-inch Anthony Vanhook looks to keep the Sea Devils on the map.

"It's a tremendous honor for them to rank us where they did," said Vanhook.  "Now it's our job to go out and earn that ranking."

While the preseason ranking is the first time Sporting News has included the Sea Devils basketball program, Cape Fear will be road tested come this year with a pair of games against pre-season No. 13 Daytona State and No. 21 Eastern Florida State during a road swing through Florida in early December.

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