Plenty of optimism
CSM men’s hoops gets big win, looking for more
One day after his team held on for a 97-93 victory over visiting Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville after leading by as much as 12 points on three dif- ferent occasions late in the second half, College of Southern Maryland freshman Sean Scott admitted he could breathe a little easier.
CSM (2-6, 2-2 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference after a 94-86 loss to Harford on Wednesday night) had squandered similar leads in setbacks to Garrett Community College and Potomac State (W.Va.), but Monday evening the Hawks withstood the Cardinals’ late surge to notch their second win of the season.
Scott, a St. Charles High School graduate from Waldorf who spent his first two years at McDonough High School before the new school
opened, gained plenty of optimism about the remainder of the schedule.
“Last night we knew what we had to do in the second half,” Scott said. “We came out of the locker room with a lot of intensity. We had a team meeting before the game and we told each other we were tied of losing and we had to come out and play much better. We definitely did that [Monday]. It was a tough game, but we got the win.”
CSM had lost five of its first six games, while Catonsville arrived having won five of its first six outings. Hawks head coach Alan Hoyt, a Great Mills High School graduate, had intentionally loaded up the first portion of the schedule with tough opponents to get the team ready for conference play. Granted, he was not thrilled to see an eight-point lead escape against Garrett and a 16-point lead evaporate against Potomac State in another setback, but those games gave his squad more than a hint of resilience.
“We should have beaten Garrett and we should have taken care of Potomac State, but those are some really tough teams,” Hoyt said. “Then we play a team like Ca- tonsville that comes in here 5-1 and we’re ready for them. It would have been nice to put the game away a little sooner, but we found a way. That’s what the early tough games do for you.”
Scott spent much of his three previous years playing against several players currently on the CSM roster, including Jor- dan Battle (a Thomas Stone High School graduate from Waldorf), Ryan Stearns (a Leonardtown High School graduate from Leonardtown), Antonio Tavares (a Hunting- town High School graduate from Chesapeake Beach) and Trevon Porter (a Great Mills High School graduate from Lexington Park). But from the first week of practice, Scott admitted that the players were able to cast aside their previous rivalries and begin jelling together.
“That first day, well, we still had plenty to talk about,” Scott said. “But after that we all realized that we had to come together. After that first week, I think we were all good. This team has a lot of talent. We’re young, but we have some good sophomores and a lot of good freshmen. I am one of the more vocal players on the team.”
Hoyt and Scott were eager to look forward to continuing its home stand Monday versus Allegany, which starts a span of three games in six days and includes road games versus Navy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s JV squads. Although neither coach or player wanted to single out any of the upcoming opponents on the slate, both admitted the four games next week will test their resolve and stamina.
“We’re young, but we have more depth this year than last year,” Hoyt said. “Next week will be a good measuring stick for us.”
Scott added, “Next week will be a good challenge for us. Four games in one week doesn’t give you much time to rest or recover, but we’ll be ready.”
College of Southern Maryland head men’s basketball coach Alan Hoyt, a Great Mills High School graduate, talks strategy at Tuesday’s practice, one day after a big win over CCBC-Catonsville.
The College of Southern Maryland men’s basketball team has plenty of optimism heading into the rest of the 2016-17 campaign.