From the HCC Sports Desk…
BRYN MAWR, Pa.—A shattered backboard just 10 minutes into the first half forced Harford and Harcum to relocate their game and endure a 30 minute delay as the Fighting Owls (0-1) fell to the Bears (1-0), 98-80, in their season opener on Wednesday night.
The contest between the Owls and Bears began at Our Mother of Good Counsel, but the teams and spectators were forced to relocate to Harcum College after a Harcum player shattered the backboard at the 10:24 mark.
The dunk put the Bears up, 22-20, and Harcum improved that lead to 49-42 by halftime and then outscored Harford, 49-38 in the second half on the way to the 98-80 win.
Freshman Kevin Mead (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale) led the Owls with 15 points on the evening, shooting 5-for-6 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc and grabbing four rebounds. Freshman Deonte Lewis (Petersburg, Va./Dinwiddie) dished out six assists on the night, while freshman Butch Faulcon (Riverside, Va./Salem) was 3-for-4 from the charity stripe and pulled down six rebounds and freshman Jesse Volk (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) tallied 13 points, shooting 5-for-6 and 3-for-4 from three with four rebounds.
Antonio Bumpus led Harcum with 28 points, who are playing in as an NJCAA Division I school for the first time this season. The Bears received a number of votes, but narrowly missed being named one of the top 30 teams in the nation. They did, however, have one athlete, Andrew Young named an Honorable Mention Pre-Season All-American.
The Fighting Owls, who were named one of the top five teams in District 11, and sophomore Ian Hill, (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman/Walters State) who was named one of the top players in the district, return to competition this weekend when they host Erie, Mercer and CCBC-Essex in the Harford Tip-Off Classic beginning with a 6:00 p.m. matchup against Mercer on Saturday.