Seahawks can’t complete comeback in men’s hoops
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
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.