From the HCC news desk…
BEL AIR, Md.—The Harford men’s basketball team suffered a 97-74 defeat at the hands of CCBC-Essex as the Fighting Owls (5-10, 2-5 MDJUCO) played with a truncated, five-man squad on Wednesday night at the Susquehanna Center.
The Owls have lost three straight and two straight conference games, while the Knights (8-8, 3-3 MDJUCO) extended their winning streak to six games.
Freshman Troy Burgan (Akron, Ohio/North) tallied a career-high 27 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the floor and 10-for-11 from the line while also dishing out four assists and sophomore Ian Hill (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman/Walters State) far surpassed his own career-high with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.
David Ford came one board away from a double-double for the nights, as he put up 15 points and nine rebounds, while both Natanael Pacius and Ronald Nicholson added 18 points each.
The Knights took a 6-0 lead just three minutes into the first half, but a trey from Burgan cut the lead to three before knotting the score at six, with a layup and-one at the 15:35 mark.
After Jamahl Brown drained a three to put Essex up, 9-6, freshman Lionel Perkins (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) tacked on a layup to put Harford within two before Burgan added a fast break bucket to give the Owls their first lead, 10-9, with 14:39 left.
Malcolm White gave the Knights the lead back, 11-10, only to have Perkins tack on another Harford fast break layup to put the Owls up, 12-11. It would be their last lead of the game, however, as Nicholson sparked a 6-0 run by Essex, to take a 17-12 lead with 12:13 remaining.
Harford would cut the lead to three after a layup from Hill, but a trey from Nicholson put Essex up by six with just over 10 minutes left.
Two free throws by Hill cut that lead again, and after another Knight score, Hill would tack on another bucket to bring the deficit down to four points yet again. The fatigue would start to take a toll on Harford, though, as Essex went on an 8-1 run to build their lead to 11 points, 30-19, at the 5:38 mark.
The Knights would extend that advantage to 14 points, 39-25 with 1:40 left, and end the half with a 16-point, 45-29, lead.
The Owls increased their output in the second half, scoring 45 points, but couldn’t manage to even dent the Essex lead, as they came no closer than 15 points in the period, with the Knights tallying 52 points on 62.9% shooting on the way to the 97-74 win.
The Fighting Owls return to action Saturday when they host Baltimore City at 12:00 p.m. at Susquehanna Center.
Newspaper Box Score
CCBC-Essex vs Harford
1/7/09 7:00 p.m. at Bel Air, Md.
At Bel Air, Md.
CCBC-ESSEX 97, HARFORD 74
CCBC-ESSEX (8-8, 3-3 MDJUCO)
Nicholson, Ronald 7-14 3-4 18; Pacius, Natanael 8-12 0-0 18; Ford, David
6-12 3-3 15; Brown, Jamahl 6-11 0-0 14; White, Malcolm 6-10 0-0 13; Brown,
Richard 4-6 0-0 8; Bell, Jamal 2-6 0-0 5; Bookhardt, Glenn 2-6 0-0 4;
McNair, Stanford 1-1 0-0 2; Sherrod, Nathaniel 0-1 0-0 0; Salisbury, Brian
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-79 6-7 97.
HARFORD (5-10, 2-5 MDJUCO)
Burgan,Troy 8-16 10-11 27; Hill,Ian 6-14 6-7 18; Perkins,Lionel 7-15 2-3 18;
Volk,Jesse 4-12 2-5 10; Pappas,Chris 0-7 1-2 1. Totals 25-64 21-28 74.
CCBC-Essex 45 52 97
Harford 29 45 74
3-point goals–CCBC-Essex 7-26 (Pacius, Natanael 2-6; Brown, Jamahl 2-7;
Nicholson, Ronald 1-4; White, Malcolm 1-2; Bell, Jamal 1-4; Bookhardt, Glenn
0-1; Brown, Richard 0-2), Harford 3-12 (Perkins,Lionel 2-4; Burgan,Troy 1-3;
Volk,Jesse 0-4; Pappas,Chris 0-1). Fouled out–CCBC-Essex-None,
Harford-None. Rebounds–CCBC-Essex 48 (Ford, David 9), Harford 31
(Volk,Jesse 9). Assists–CCBC-Essex 10 (Nicholson, Ronald 3), Harford 11
(Burgan,Troy 4). Total fouls–CCBC-Essex 21, Harford 10. Technical