Men's Basketball

 

Dukes Fall Short, Miss Playoffs

Dukes Fall Short, Miss Playoffs

A late run at the end of the season came up short Tuesday night, and the Dukes fell one game short of the Region XIX Playoffs.  An 87-72 loss, dropped the Cumberland Men to 9-11 in Region XIX and eliminated the Dukes from the postseason.  After trailing at the half 46-33, the Dukes were able to cut into the deficit, but the visiting Cougars always had a response.  Freshman Olajuwon Rainner put up 23 points in the losing effort and Camden's Braxton Watson led the way for the Cougars with 22 points.  Despite the loss, the Dukes ended the year at 11-14, a vast improvement from a 2-25 record just a year ago.