Cape Fear CC men’s basketball making do without home court

Cape Fear Basketball

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cape Fear Community College men’s basketball team hasn’t played or practiced on its home court this season.

The effects of Hurricane Florence delayed work on scheduled renovations of the Schwartz Center, which won’t be ready until mid-January.

“There is no stopping Mother Nature,” said Cape Fear coach Ryan Mantlo.

In the meantime, the Sea Devils have called Williston Middle School home, but they’re eager to get into the Schwartz Center.

“It’s been really difficult because all the guys and the coaches are waiting to get in there and play,” said CFCC sophomore JV Millner.

All of the road trips have apparently brought the players and coaches closer.

“Just the trips, we are all together,” said Sea Devils sophomore Donte Tatum. “We get to talk, and the team has a great bond.”

That bond is helping produce wins. Cape Fear is 8-2 this season and has lofty expectations.

“I think the ceiling is a national title,” said Mantlo. “I really think this is the team that you say national title or bust. They understand that and are ready to go out and prove it.”

“We can go far," Tatum added. "We can go as far as we take ourselves so I think we can compete for a national championship by the end of the year.”

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