Sea­hawks can’t com­plete come­back in men’s hoops

Cecil Whig - - & - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Af­ter trail­ing by 13 points early in the sec­ond half, Ce­cil Col­lege steadily worked its way back into the game, pulling to within two points.

Un­for tu­nately for the Sea­hawks, they could not get over the hump and grab the lead, and

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the op­po­si­tion took ad­van­tage by pulling away down the stretch as Ce­cil fell to vis­it­ing Prince Ge­orge’s C.C. 80-65 in Mary­land JUCO men’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion on Tues­day.

“We never got ahead. We played from be­hind and we kind of col­lapsed in the last three to four min­utes. We were down 69-63 with three min­utes to go, and we still had a chance,” Sea­hawks coach Ed Durham said. “They took it to us. We kind of col­lapsed. We didn’t make shots. They leaked out, which we were say­ing all game that they were go­ing to leak [for some­body]. They got them. They ran the points out, and we couldn’t re­cover.”

Ce­cil (6-2 over­all, 0-2 con­fer­ence) en­tered the sec­ond half trail­ing 30-28, but quickly tied on a LaQwin Ste­wart field goal in the first minute. How­ever, Prince Ge­orge’s re­sponded by go­ing on a 16-3 run to build a 46-33 lead with 16 min­utes re­main­ing.

The Sea­hawks set­tled down and chipped away at their deficit, cut­ting it to three points mid­way through the half and just two points with about five min­utes left, but they could not get the key bas­ket or stop to take the lead.

Ce­cil was within strik­ing dis­tance at 69-63 with 3:20 left to go in the game, but the Owls closed to game on an 11-3 run to se­cure the vic­tory.

Durham noted the Sea­hawks’s strug­gle to at­tack the bas­ket, which forced the team to set­tle for jump shots.

“When we went to the rim, we got layups, and that the thing we told them: ‘Go to the rim, they’re not go­ing to block your shot. You’re go­ing to get fouled,’” Durham said. “I thought the ref­er­ees missed a cou­ple of them, but that’s part of the game. We started to set­tle in­stead of at­tack­ing.”

Te’von Hines scored 16 points for Ce­cil, while Ste­wart and Jalen Parham added 11 and Caleb Johnson chipped in 10.

The Owls re­ceived 16 points each from Ken­neth Pet­t­away, Mykal Johnson and Alex Mo­rales and 10 points each from Jaylin Johnson and Johnson Ogun­y­oye.

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