BALTIMORE – The Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) men’s basketball team was just one step away from securing a spot in the NJCAA Division III basketball tournament, but the Owls’ dream ended there.
That is because Montgomery College handed PGCC an 85-71 loss in the Division III District VII Championship game. The Owls ended the season with a 17-14 mark. They also made this title game last year.
Gus Stone paced PGCC with 20 points along with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. He closed his 41-game career with 23 games scoring at least 20 points.
Kennith Ford scored 20 points also in the loss. He ended his career at PGCC with 41 double-figure games and had three double-doubles this season.
Mykal Johnson added 16 points and eight rebounds ending up scoring at least 10 points 55 times in his 61 games at PGCC. He ended his two-year career with 1,047 points.
PGCC held a 34-30 halftime lead before Montgomery turned things around later in the second half. The game was tied at 49 before the Raptors got five in a row and went on a 7-2 run for an eight-point lead.
The Owls cut that lead to 66-62 but came no closer than that after that point. They finished the season with a 17-14 record.
Bowie State loses in semifinal
Bowie State University topped Livingstone College in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament on March 1 before falling in the semifinals.
The Bulldogs dropped an 80-71 decision to Johnson C. Smith University. Four Golden Bulls scored in double-figures in that game, led by Roddric Ross (20 points).
Johnson C. Smith led for all of the first half of play before Bowie State rallied and cut the halftime lead to 37-31. The Bulldogs tied it up a few times in the second half before the Golden Bulls got two free throws for a 62-60 lead.
That was the start of a 12-4 run for Johnson C. Smith, which gave the team control. Bowie State never drew closer than six again.
Cameron Hayes topped Bowie State with 20 points while Ahmaad Wilson had 17.
Dayshawn Wells pitched in with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Omari George added 11 points and seven rebounds as four Bulldogs finished in double figures, but it was not enough on this night. Bowie State finished the season with a 14-15 record.
Terps fall in Big Ten tourney
The Maryland men’s basketball team now needs to wait to see what happens in regards of getting a shot at a tournament after the University of Wisconsin handed the Terps a 59-54 loss in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament in New York Thursday.
Maryland appears to have little, or no shot at the NCAA tournament and some experts feel they are even a long shot for the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Maryland will find out in the coming days.
However, Maryland could have helped its cause with a better performance in the Big Ten Tournament. Instead, the Terps fell in their first game, leaving with a 19-13 record.
Kevin Huerter topped Maryland with 20 points while Anthony Cowan Jr. had 16 and Bruno Fernando helped out with 12 points and nine boards.