Cape basketball jumped out by 8 then gave back 7 to lead unbeaten Easton 30-29 at halftime Dec. 28 in the Governors Challenge at the Wicomico Civic Center.
Cape went on to lose 57-55 with leading scorer Jon Warren serving a two-game Christmas break time out for a discipline infraction.
"We almost stole the game and it would have been thievery,” coach Steven Re said afterward. “The team played really well, obviously Gekwan [Pritchett] hitting five 3-pointers, but he can do that. Toney Floyd has also been playing much better and working hard in practice. “
With four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Cape trailed 49-41 then got back in it using the three-guard offense of Toney Floyd, Gekwan Pritchett and Tyreik Burton.
Toney Floyd converted a pass from Tyreik to cut the lead to 54-52 with 1:15 left.
Cape got possession on a jump ball. Burton took the ball to the basket and was called for an offensive foul. Easton converted a pair to lead 56-52.
Pritchett, pressed into a starting role with the benching of Jon Warren, followed with his fifth 3-pointer of the game and 19th point as Cape trailed 56-55 with 3.9 left in the game.
Cape then fouled; Easton made one to lead 57-55. Capem with 3 seconds on the clock, turned over the in-bounds pass as Easton prevailed 57-55.
Cape dropped to 5-2 on the season.
Gekwan Pritchett 19, Tyreik Burton 17 and Andrew Grau 8 paced the Vikings.
Easton featured balanced scoring from Jeter 13, Washington 11 and Pulley 11.
Cape came back Dec. 29 and got housed by C.H. Flowers of Prince George's County 54-38. Toney Floyd with 13 points was the only Viking in double figures.
“I wanted two games in the tournament against the best competition so we could learn something about ourselves and get ready for the conference schedule,” Re said. “We will get 2 points toward the tournament from each of our losses. If we had played a weak team and won, we still would have gotten the same points. I want our kids to play against better people; that is how you learn.”