Tough start for Lions basketball
Already off to a rough start, the CCBC Dundalk men’s basketball team faced another challenge when it hosted a powerful Baltimore City Community College team last week.
The Lions played well in the first half and hung with the visiting Panthers as they went into halftime only down 30-25.
Baltimore City opened the second half with a 13-4 run and steadily pulled away as its defense clamped down on Dundalk.
The 75-44 loss to Baltimore City on Nov. 27, coupled with a 79-55 loss at Richard Bland College on Saturday, dropped Dundalk’s record to 2-8.
The Richard Bland game was also the start of a month-plus road trip for Dundalk. The Lions do not have another home game util they face Cecil College on January 9.
In between, Dundalk plays four road games and participates in the Cecil College Holiday Mixer on Dec. 1415.
By then, the Lions will hope to have solved the problem of a struggling offense.
The defense has played well, but Dundalk has struggled to keep pace when it has the ball.
In three of its losses, Dundalk has held its opponent to 70 or fewer points. In only three games has an opponent exceeded 80 points, and one of those games was a 107-96 Lions’ victory over Rockland Community College.
Dundalk is averaging 67 points per game. Take away that Rockland win, and the Lions are averaging 62 points per game.
Dundalk is also struggling on the backboards, getting outrebounded by an average of nearly 13 rebounds per game.
The 44 points against Baltimore City was a season low. Only twice have the Lions scored more than 70 points in a game.
Defense kept Dundalk in the game against Baltimore City. But missed opportunities prevented the Lions from taking advantage and possibly leading at halftime.
With Baltimore City leading 11-8 five minutes into the game, Dundalk’s defense held the Panthers scoreless on nine of their next 11 possessions. At the end of that stretch, the Lions had only chopped one point off their deficit, trailing 15-13 after a three-pointer by Ibraheem Bundu and a layup by Christion Wright.
Baltimore City extended its lead to 20-13, but the Lions responded with their best stretch of the game to close to withing 22-20 with 4:53 left in the first half.
Dunda;k scored on four of seven possessions, getting baskets from Daniel Byrd, Richard Hibbert and Wright, along with a free throw from Dawahn Coaxum.
But that was as close as Dundalk would get for the rest of the game.
The Lions scored on only two of their first 12 possessions of the second half to fall behind by 14 points.
Wright scored on a layup, then made a steal and took it in for a score to make it a 10-point game, 45-35, but it would be nine minutes before the Lions scored another basket from the floor.
Baltimore City outscored Dundalk 23-3 during the cold spell to essentially decide the game.
Wright leads the team in scoring at 12.8 per game, while Warrick Godwin is averaging 10.7.
The loss dropped Dundalk to 0-3 in the Maryland JuCo League. The Lions have also lost to Montgomer y College 93-74 and Prince George’s Community College 78-67.
After the Jan. 9 home game against Cecil, the Lions play their next four games on the road before a Januar y 25 game against Allegany College.
Daniel Byrd flies to the basket during CCBC Dundalk’s loss to Baltimore City last week.
Christion Wright is leading CCBC Dundalk in scoring this season while averaging nearly 13 points per game.
Dundalk’s Richard Hibbert is challenged by Ndongo Ndaw of Baltimore City as he drives for a layup.