NORTH EAST, Md.- Before the ball was tipped on Saturday afternoon, fans were in for a treat as two powerhouses squared off in the semifinals of the Region XX DII Tournament with the No.1 seed Potomac State College of WVU Catamounts against the No.4 seed Frederick Community College Cougars. When the final horn hit, it would be the Catamounts earning the victory by the score of 73-65. FCC concludes their season with an overall record of 20-11. The Catamounts sit at 28-1 overall on the season.
Basketball is a game of runs. Both teams were knotted up at 28 in the first half with just 5:09 left to play in. Potomac would go on a 13-4 run to close out the half and take a 41-32 advantage into the locker room.
In the first half, FCC's Corey Barnett and David Garey combined for 20 points on 7-of-9 field goals. The Cougars were on fire from beyond the arc in the first twenty minutes of action, connecting on 9-of-15. However, the Cougars committed 14 miscues, leading to 15 first half points for the Catamounts.
Out of the locker room, FCC's David Garey took the game into his own hands. He hit back-to-back three pointers and early in the second half, FCC would put on a 13-2 run to take a 45-43 lead, thanks in part to a 3-pointer by Corey Barnett.
In the end, the Catamounts would pull away for the win. What a game by two of the top teams and top performers in the Region. This game featured two of the best point guards in FCC's David Garey and Potomac's Leondre Rogers. Rogers would finish with a game-high 26 points while Garey would finish with 23 points (8-of-16).
FCC's Corey Barnett was on fire to start the contest and scored the first eight points for FCC. He would end up with 19 points on 7-of-11 field goals. Henry Okoye pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for the Cougars.
FCC shot 23-of-61 (37.7%) from the field while the Catamounts hit on 21-of-69 (30.4). A glaring stat of the game is that FCC hit on 4-of-9 from the charity stripe while Potomac connected on 24-of-28 free throws.