Cumberland Times-News


February 22, 2014

Hill, Baker lead PSC over Cecil

Garrett comeback falls short; FSU loses

KEYSER, W.Va. — Derylton Hill and Reggie Baker combined for 51 points to lead Potomac State past Cecil, 83-74, in the Catamounts’ regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon.

Hill had a game-high 27 points and led four Potomac State scorers in double figures. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists. Baker finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Marcus James 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Marcus Banks 10 points.

Cecil (10-17) also had four double-figure scorers, led by Donte Adams with 22. Jeffon Powell canned four three-point goals and had 16. Scott Slade added 16 points and Amadius Derweer 10.

Potomac State (18-8) led 41-36 at halftime, withstood several Cecil charges and kept the lead throughout the second half. Cecil got to within two with seven minutes to go and closed to within five at the four-minute mark but was turned away both times.

Hill scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half for Potomac State.

“Down the stretch we maintained our composure and we’re understanding the importance of valuing the basketball and each possession,’’ said Potomac State coach Justin Anderson. “We did a good job of that tonight, and got some big stops on the defensive end when we needed them in the second half.”

Potomac State will play again Saturday in the Region XX, Division II Tournament at Hagerstown Community College.

Northern Virginia    93

Garrett    90

MCHENRY — Mortimer Berchie scored 34 points, Khalil Jabbie had 28 and Northern Virginia cashed in at the free-throw line to thwart a valiant Garrett comeback and hand the Lakers a three-point loss in their final home game of the year.

Garrett trailed 48-27 at halftime but charged back in the second, pressing the whole way, and got to within three in the final minute on a three-point goal by Chris Scarlett.

In the closing seconds, Jabbie made one of two free throws to give Northern Virginia a 93-90 lead. The Lakers had a final chance to tie and force overtime, but another three-pointer try by Scarlett missed the mark.

Frank Holloway scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Garrett, while Van Jones had 20 points and D.J. Ritchie 13. DeAndre Davis had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Shannon McCready had seven points and five assists and Corey Groom four points and five assists.

“We just dug too big of a hole in the first half. We came out flat and they shot the living daylights out,’’ said Garrett coach Dennis Gibson.

Garrett outproduced Northern Virginia from the field 33-24, and in three-point goals 11-7, with Jones hitting five. But Northern Virginia went 38 of 45 from the foul line, compared to Garrett’s 15 of 19.

Berchie was 19 for 20 from the line and Jabbie 13 for 15 for Northern Virginia.

Both regular-season games went down to the wire, and both finished their regular seasons with 15-10 records. Garrett won at Northern Virginia earlier in the season 87-85 in overtime.

Garrett will play again in the Region XX, Division II Tournament this weekend at Hagerstown. Seedings will be released today.

Salisbury    88

Frostburg State    66

FROSTBURG — Aaron Bellamy scored a season-high 17 points and helped Frostburg State to an early lead, but Salisbury roared back to beat the Bobcats in their regular-season finale at Bobcat Arena.

Bellamy scored 10 of the Bobcats first 19 points as FSU (3-22, 2-15 Capital Athletic Conference) built a 19-10 lead in the first seven minutes. Moments later, James Peters, who had a team-high 18 points, hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to 10, 22-12.

Salisbury (14-11, 9-7) erased the Frostburg State lead with an 11-0 run, and later closed the half with a 9-4 spurt for a 36-31 halftime lead.

The Sea Gulls scored 12 of the first 14 points of the second half to extend the lead to 48-33, and the closest the Bobcats could get the rest of the way was 11, the last time after another Peters three that made it 69-58.

Nick Smoot added 12 points and five assists. Bellamy led the team with seven rebounds.

Justin Witmer had a game-high 25 points, Dominic Milburn had 11 and Conor Strickland 10 points and six rebounds for Salisbury, which scored 52 points in the second half and had only nine turnovers for the game.

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