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No. 6 CCBC Catonsville falls to No. 3 CCBC Dundalk in MD-JUCO Tournament

No. 6 CCBC Catonsville falls to No. 3 CCBC Dundalk in MD-JUCO Tournament

No. 6 CCBC Catonsville falls to No. 3 CCBC Dundalk in MD-JUCO Tournament

By: Craig Tyler

Rockville,MD- A highly anticipated rematch between CCBC campuses: Dundalk and Catonsville was as tightly played game as their first meeting back in January when CCBC Catonsville pulled out a 75-74 win.  This time the Lions of Dundalk returned the favor by edging the Cardinals 67-70 in first round action of the Maryland JUCO Tournament.

Catonsville led 33-28 at halftime, but would never have a lead greater than nine, as this contest featured momentum swings, and lead changes throughout.  In the end, Catonsville found it hard to overcome their 25 turnovers on offense and Coach Randy Gregory spoke of missed opportunities:  "In tournament play, every possession is so critical, so for us to turn the basketball over 25 times, we were fortunate to be in the game."  Despite the Cardinals turnover problems they were a Tikeace Harris missed three-point shot away from sending the game into overtime.  "Tike got a good look.  I thought it was good out of his hands, but it just hit the back of the rim," said Cardinal Assistant Coach TJ Prioleau. 

Catonsville was led by freshman Khalil Carroll with 21 points (3/4 3pt FG), and Marcus Knight with 11 (3/4 3pt FG).  Freshman swingman Laquan Gaines-Ward continued his strong play as of late, netting 13 points, and grabbing 8 rebounds.

The Cardinals return to regular season action this week for "Sophomore Night" on February 17th, when they host Delaware Technical & CC/Stanton-Wilmington at the Jack Manley Center starting at 7pm.