The Cumberland County College Men's Basketball team hosted the Northampton Community College Spartans for a crucial, late-season Region XIX matchup. This game pitted the top-ranked Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) team agains the Dukes who are currently ranked 4th in the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Adding to the intrigue, both teams were Region XIX Final Four participants a year ago.
Right from the tip, this game had already lived up to the pregame hype as Cumberland took an early 13-10 lead that would quickly swing to a two point deficit with the Spartans taking a 17-15 lead 5 minutes into the first half. However, Cumberland would raise their defensive intensity and use that as their offense on their way to a 30-22 lead with 6:43 to go in the 1st half. They would hold the Spartans at bay into the intermission leading 44-36. In the second half, the Dukes would maintain control for the duration of the half as they were led by the trio of Phil Cisrow, Kevin Clark, and Taylor Clarke.
Cisrow would lead the Dukes with a double double, 21 points and 12 rebounds. Kevin Clark, his first game back from injury, scored 22 points with 7 rebounds, while hitting key jump shots including a big time three pointer late in the 2nd half. Taylor Clarke led all scorers with 23 points as he hit key deep three pointers late in the second half to ensure the Dukes would maintain their distance from Northampton. Cumberland would receive key contributions from Andre Robinson (6 points), Michael Burden (8 points), and Danny Williams (10 points). Robinson would hit a clutch three pointer late in the second half as Northampton crept to within 5 until the Robinson 3-pointer. Northampton would be led by Jay Davis who poured in 42 points.
Cumberland would never relinquish their lead in the 2nd half on their way to the 97-87 win.
The Dukes are back in action Saturday, as they will host Bergen County for a 2 PM Tipoff.