In the fall of 1925, New Bern High School's basketball team achieved an impressive accomplishment. They held Beaufort's basketball team, considered one of the best in eastern North Carolina, to zero points. New Bern's head coach, Vance Swift, learned of a new defense earlier that summer that incorporated a five-man zone defense. The defense was designed to limit inside shooting while also reducing fouls. It worked well as Beaufort failed to score any points in their game against New Bern. Swift's team finished the 1925-26 season with eight wins and four losses.