After having a chance to knock off the #1 team in the nation just a few days ago, the Cumberland County College Men's Basketball team entered Tuesday's matchup with Camden County with a target on its back. As a young team, this would be new territory for them and it showed. Despite the sluggish start mixed with an active, energetic Camden team, the Dukes were able to hold off the Cougars winning 57-56.
Taylor Clarke led the Dukes in scoring in as many games, pouring in 18 points. Kevin Clark continued his strong all-around play with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Freshman forward, Phil Cisrow, contributed 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds. The hero of the game, freshman guard Danny Williams, shot 4 for 4 from the field finishing with 12 points, including the game-winning three pointer with 6 seconds to go.
With the Dukes down 56-54 with 12 seconds to go, Cumberland baited the Cougars into a turnover in their defensive end to give the Dukes a chance to tie or take the lead. Head Coach Darrin Stalling called timeout to draw up a play to give the Dukes their best chance at either tying or winning the game. Kevin Clark received the inbound pass and dribbled to his right attracting two defenders. He would then hand the ball off to Williams, who rose up and fired the three pointer that would make its way through the net and send the crowd and bench into a frenzy. Camden would heave a desperation shot at the end that would fall short, clinching the Dukes's second victory of the season to move to 2-1.
Next up for the Dukes are the Blue Colts of Middlesex County College. That game is Saturday, 11/17 at Middlesex, with the tip off having been changed to 1 PM start.