Two days removed from one of the biggest regular season victories in program history, Cumberland County College Men's Basketball returned to the court to do battle against the Buccaneers of Atlantic Cape Community College. Any coach will tell you that one of the toughest games in any season will be the following game after a big win. In this case, the thought rang true.
According to head coach, Darrin Stalling, his team was coming off its best game so far this season after defeating defending National Champion, Brookdale Community College. However, after this game was complete, he was at a loss for words. After a lay-in by Kevin Clark off the tip off, this game would be all Atlantic Cape soon after. Atlantic Cape began the game on a 14-5 run that would stun Cumberland and force them into an unusual slow start. Coach Stalling would deploy a high-energy full court press that would bring the Dukes within one point at the halfway point of the first half at 33-32, but Atlantic Cape would regroup and close the half on a 16-3 run to take a 49-35 lead into the locker room.
In the 2nd half, Atlantic Cape would hold Cumberland at bay for the duration of the half, with their lead growing to as high as 25 and never dipping below 8. Kevin Clark and Taylor Clarke led the Dukes in scoring, both tallying 21 points. Phil Cisrow followed with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Cumberland falls to 10-4 and have a week off from action. They are back on the court as they hit the road to face off against the Camden County Cougars, Tuesday, January 15. Tip off is scheduled for 7 PM. Cumberland defeated Camden County back on November 13 with a 3 pointer by Danny Williams with the Dukes down 56-54 with under 10 seconds to go. Cumberland went on to win 57-56.