No. 12 C.B. Aycock fell to No. 21 Cape Fear 73-68, in a grind-it-out, double-overtime affair in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A playoffs on Tuesday evening.
The Golden Falcons will end the season with a 20-4 overall record.
C.B. Aycock was down 23-13 late in the second quarter. However, C.B. Aycock closed out the second quarter on a 7-2 run and trailed 25-18 at halftime.
Cape Fear built a 10-point advantage with three minutes left in the third quarter, only to see Gamere Culver get hot. He dropped in 10 of his team-leading 31 points in the third quarter as the Golden Falcons trimmed the deficit down to 37-33.
Jaidyne Dunn and Kris Reid then drained back-to-back three-pointers, making it a one-point ball game going into the fourth quarter.
At the start of the fourth quarter, another basket from Culver basket gave C.B. Aycock its second lead of the game.
With four minutes in regulation, the Golden Falcons built up a 47-43 lead, but Cape Fear responded and eventually tied things up at 49-49.
The squads traded free throws, but neither could find that winning shot, which forced a five-minute overtime period with the contest knotted at 50-all.
Cape Fear started OT on a 5-0 run, but C.B. Aycock dug deep and managed to send the game into a second overtime period.
However, Cape Fear opened the second OT on a 6-2 run, and Cape Fear held off the Golden Falcons to escape Pikeville with the win.