By Assistant Coach Aaron Meekins
BALTIMORE, Md. - Frederick returned to action at the Ben Williams Classic at Baltimore City Community College in round two of "D1 Week" versus the Bears of Harcum College. The Bears entered the 2016-17 season as reigning regional winners and National Tournament participants from a successful 2015-2016 campaign.
The game featured excellent defense from both teams in a back-and-forth first half in which the Cougars controlled the lead for the majority of the first 20 minutes. FCC sophomore point guard Keith Claiborne continued his offensive display by driving into gaps in the Bears' zone gaps, creating opportunities and drawing fouls to finish the first half with eight points. Sophomore Anthony Isaac got off to another solid start, scoring eight points and collecting four rebounds before being sent the bench with foul trouble. With three Cougar starters in first half foul trouble, freshman Keon Claiborne gave the Cougars a constant spark of energy off the bench on both ends of the floor, contributing seven points and helping the Cougars go into halftime with a 35-32 lead.
The second half saw much of the same competitive defense as the first 20 minutes of action. However, a cold shooting stretch five minutes into the second half and a series of fouls that put the Bears in the early bonus helping Harcum build an eight point lead with just ten minutes to go in the contest. With Frederick struggling to score against the Bear defense, freshman Cyree Dunnell entered the game and gave the Cougars a big lift offensively. Scoring seven points in a matter of a couple minutes, Frederick found itself within two possessions with over two minutes to go in the game. Despite the charge to retake the lead, Harcum held on to defeat the Cougars 75-69.
Frederick falls to 4-6 on the year and 3-1 in MD JUCO. Harcum improved to 10-3 on the season.
Frederick returns to action on Sunday (12/11) against conference foe Baltimore City Community College. Tip-off is set for 3:00 P.M.