BALTIMORE — The Prince George’s Community College men’s basketball team had lost five straight games coming into a game against Hagerstown Community College on Jan. 31.
The Owls ended that streak with a big road victory. Kennith Ford finished with 22 points as PGCC rolled to a 70-65 victory over Hagerstown in Maryland JUCO game.
Ford hit shots from everywhere – making eight of 14 from the floor, including four three-pointers. He also made both free throws he tried, and this was his fourth time reaching 20 points this year.
In fact, he’s scored at least 10 points in 18 of his past 19 games.
Mykal Johnson scored 13 while Shiloh Beale had 10. Johnson also has been a fixture on offense, scoring at least 10 in 23 of 24 games this year.
The Owls raced to 25-12 lead early but saw that advantage cut to 32-29 at halftime. In fact, the game remained tight in the second half while Beale and Johnson made many key plays late.
Beale then came up big two days later with 18 points that helped the Owls bounce back from a 20-point hole and pull out a 72-65 victory over the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC Dundalk) in a Maryland JUCO game at home.
Beale’s work came late when he scored 14 points and sparked a 33-11 streak that PGCC finished the game with that let the Owls roar back to take the win. That run came over the final 12 minutes.
During the final 3:07, Beal scored 10 of the team’s final 12 points, including consecutive layups that gave PGCC the lead for good.
The Owls scored 48 points in the second half after trailing 40-24 at halftime.
Gus Stone finished with 16 points while Johnson had 10 in the victory.
The Owls will end the regular season with a home game versus Harford Community College on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
Bowie State University's men's basketball team scored a tough road victory in its only game this past week.
In a back-and-forth battle with Elizabeth City State University, Bowie State pulled out a 75-70 victory last Saturday and pulled back to .500 on the season at 11-11 overall.
The Bulldogs also improved to 6-3 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and 4-1 in the North. Sophomore Yohance Fleming led the way with a career-best 15 points. He made seven of 10 shots from the field and paced Bowie State with seven rebounds.
Ahmaad Wilson also pitched in with 15 points while Omari George scored 10.
Zaccheus Hobbs topped the Vikings with a game-high 23 points. Bowie State shot well in the first half – 56 percent from the field – but still couldn’t shake Elizabeth City State, holding just a 38-33 lead at halftime. However, the Bulldogs turned the ball over 10 times, which hurt them.
The game remained tight in the second half even though Bowie State stretched the lead to nine early on. Elizabeth City State kept fighting back and eventually caught the Bulldogs, tying the score at 59 when Hobbs made two straight layups.
Hobbs made two free throws, and Joseph Allen got a lay-up that gave the Vikings a 63-60 lead with 6:37 left.
However, the Bulldogs wouldn’t quit. They scored six straight points, with the final two coming on a Justin Route tip-in.