The Camden County College Cougars (that’s alliteration) escaped Mays Landing with two hotly contested wins against Atlantic Cape Community College (also alliteration) on Thursday night.
Thanks to aggressive and innovative grass-roots marketing by athletics, SGA, and others, there were more than 400 fans in the stands fby the time the men’s game began just after 7 pm. Despite the boisterous crowd, Camden CC looked confident in winning both games.
The Bucs women actually had a 37-27 lead over the Lady Cougars at halftime of the first game. Harold Harris’ squad played tenacious defense for most of the first half, but their tenacity also led to trouble with 18 fouls; including Idalis Feliciano, who fouled out in the first half in under 10 minutes of playing time. Nadirah Highsmith had 12 points and three 3-pointers in the first half, while Takiyah Woodall added 11.
All five Bucs’ starters entered the 2nd half in foul trouble, with either 2 or 3 fouls, and the Cougars took advantage by scoring most of their points inside. Siani Blackson had 12 in the 2nd half and totaled 24 for the game. Kamari Talley would score all of her 17 points in the second half and the Cougars would score 47 points after the break en route to a 74-52 win.
In the second game, Camden would have just two players in double figures, but it would be enough as they held on to win 70-69. Shakoor Woodson scored 33 and Shawn Russell 16 for Camden. Shawn Wilson had 28 points and Julian Martin added 21 to lead the Bucs. The Bucs would have a chance to win at the end but Shawn Wilson’s shot was off the mark and Camden escaped with the win.
The Bucs host Bergen in a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday, November 23rd.