By: Aaron Meekins, FCC Assistant Coach
FREDERICK, Md. - Coming off nearly a month out of action, Frederick's defense showed up to play in the first half against conference foe CCBC-Dundalk. However, a sluggish performance in the second cost the Cougars, as the Lions prevailed behind a strong second half performance to defeat FCC, 76-66.
The first half showed no evidence of the Cougars being slowed by a month long break between games. FCC's stingy defense held the Lions to just 28 first half points and for the first time this season the Cougars kept themselves out of foul trouble. Frederick kept Dundalk to one-and- done possessions and created numerous first half turnovers from the Lions. FCC sophomores Anthony Isaac (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Stacy Gipson (9 points) led the charge on the offensive and defensive ends. Offensively, the Cougars managed the Lions' run-and-jump ful-l court pressure and half court match-up zone defenses and took a 37-28 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Lions took their energy to another level as they dominated the offensive boards and benefitted from numerous unforced Cougar turnovers. It took the Lions five minutes to go on a 13-4 run that erased the Cougars first half lead. Dundalk took the lead and kept going, outscoring the Cougars 37-18 in the first 15 minutes of the second half.
Epenetus Heriques led the way for the Lions with red-hot shooting, contributing all of his 24 points in the second half. Despite some late game pressure from Frederick, in which they created turnovers off of full court pressure and converted the steals into points, Dundalk held on to take the game, 76-66.
Isaac finished the game with a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds. Gipson finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Keon Claiborne chipped in with 10 points in the loss.
The loss drops Frederick to 4-8 overall including 3-3 in conference play. The Cougars return to action on Wednesday, January 11th at Chesapeake College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 P.M.