Bel Air, Md. - Coming off an impressive win on Wednesday night against undefeated Cecil College, Frederick Community College faced another tough competitor Friday night as the Cougars squared off against Harford Community College.
Harford was able to control the tip and use their size advantage early to start the game on a 9-2 run by getting the ball into the paint and aggressively attacking the basket from the inside. FCC adapted to the style of play and got the game to within one point (21-20) early in the contest. From there, Harford picked up their ball pressure on FCC's guards and the Fighting Owls went on a 23-11 run by forcing turnovers and continuing to attack the offense of glass. The Cougars trailed at halftime by the score of 44-31.
During the intermission, FCC focused on securing defensive rebounds and matching the intensity of the home team. FCC sophomore Anthony Isaac led the charge by pulling down eight defensive rebounds in the second half and getting the Cougars out on the break as the Cougars started chipping into Hartford's lead.
FCC's defense held Harford to just 29% shooting in the second half and were able to keep the Fighting Owls off the offensive glass. Trailing 62-54 with 3:35 to play coming out of a media timeout, sophomore Josiah Jones nailed a key three point bucket. After a stop and another score by FCC, the Cougars were within four points (62-58) with a little more than two minutes to play. Despite the strong surge down the stretch, both teams traded baskets and Harford would prevail by the score of 73-67.
FCC was led by Anthony Isaac who finished the game with a double-double, registering 17 points and 11 rebounds.
With the loss, FCC drops to 2-4 overall on the season, including 1-1 in the conference. Harford improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Cougars return to action on November 30th as they hit the road to take on the Riverhawks of Anne Arundel Community College in MD JUCO play. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.