The 2018-2019 Cumberland County College Men's Basketball team began the season in grueling fashion. A brutal 5 game stretch where they would open the season against NCAA Division III opponent, Gwynedd Mercy College, followed up by four of the top 5 teams in the Garden State Athletic Conference. This would be a tall task for any team, let alone one with a young roster and new coaching staff. The Dukes were up for the challenge as they started the season off with a 2-3 record with two of the losses by five points (Middlesex) and one point (Brookdale).
Since then, the Dukes have gone on quite the run. Cumberland has won 5 straight games since losing to Rowan-Gloucester on November 27. In the last two victories, the Dukes have been led by dynamic trio of Kevin Clark, Taylor Clarke, and Phil Cisrow. Kevin Clark, a sophomore guard from Miami, FL and the lone returning player from last year's record breaking season, has been the Dukes best all-around player. Clark poured in 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the dramatic 70-65 victory over Atlantic Cape. Taylor Clarke, a sophomore guard from Vineland, followed with 18 points and Phil Cisrow contributed with another double double scoring 11 points and hauling in 11 rebounds.
This past Saturday, the Dukes traveled up the New Jersey Turnpike once again, this time to take on the Bulldogs of Bergen Community College. Phil Cisrow, a freshman forward from Millville, NJ, put it in overdrive as he scored 17 points to go along with his 17 rebounds on the game, his second consecutive double-double. He would also contribute with 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the Dukes. Danny Williams, a freshman guard from Glasgow, DE, chipped in with a double double of his own with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Clarke led the Dukes in scoring with 24 on 9-14 shooting and would grab 5 rebounds. The Dukes would defeat the Bulldogs 77-70 for their 5th consecutive victory.
Due to final exams, the Dukes are off for the week and will return to action on Saturday, December 15. They will host Sussex County Community College, tip off is scheduled for 2 PM.