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Basketball Season Preview

Basketball Season Preview

After going 5-2 in preseason the lions look to keep the same energy heading into the regular season. 

Last season was not the best for the Lions, finishing 9-17 overall and 4-10 in the conference. There were some bright spots in beating the third best team in all of division II, second best team in the conference, beating the MDJUCO Tournaments runner up, and nearly beating a top ranked NJCAA Division II team. Now with 3 returning players Coach Taylor and the Lions look to learn from last year and make sure the new Lions don't make the same mistakes.

The regular season kicks off with the Lions will be hosting the CCBC Dundalk Mixer, playing three games in three days against ASA Brooklyn Avengers, Pitt Community College and Bryant & Stratton College (VA). In the order mentioned above the games will be played at Friday, November 1st at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 5:00 PM, Sunday at 2:00 PM.

The following weekend the Lions will be in Martinsville, Virginia for the Kenny Wade Tip-Off Tournament at Patrick Henry Community College. They will play Cape Fear Community College at 4:00 PM on Saturday, the 9th and Patrick Henry Community College at 6:00 PM on Sunday, the 10th.

The first game of the season that is not at a tournament will be against Potomac State College of WVU in Keyser, West Virginia. Last year Potomac State reached rank 1 in Division II and narrowly won in Dundalk last year. They are ranked 10th in Division II this preseason. This game will be on Friday, November 15th at 7:00 PM.

On Tuesday, November 19th the Lions will travel to Cheyney University of PA with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM.

The final game of November falls on Saturday 23rd. This is the first home game since the Dundalk Mixer is against Garrett College. This is also the first conference game of the season for the Lions. Tip off at 3:00 PM.

After Thanksgiving break the Lions will play CCBC Catonsville in Dundalk at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, December 4th. Last year the Lions won in overtime at Catonsville. This will also be the Lions only home game in December.

Once finals are over the Lions head up to North East, MD to play in the Cecil College Holiday Classic. On Friday the 13th, the Lions will play Cuyahoga Community College at 7:00 PM. They come right back to play Monroe Community College at 1:00 PM on Saturday. Last year the lions won both of these games.

With only one day off the Lions will play two games on Monday and Tuesday at the Lackawanna College Classic in Scranton, PA. At 7:00 PM on Monday, December 16th, the Lions will face off against Sullivan Community College. At 4:00 PM on Tuesday, December 17th, they will play the host of the event, Lackawanna Community College.

The holiday break leaves us with the next game coming at Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday, January 4th, at 3:00 PM. Last year AACC squeaked out a three point win.

On Wednesday, January 8th, the boys head down to Largo to face off against Prince George's Community College. Tipoff is at 7:00 PM.

The first home game the new year comes against the College of Southern Maryland on Saturday, January 11th. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 PM. Last year CSM relied heavily on two sophomores. Both teams will look completely different from last year.

On Thursday, January 16th, the Lions travel to Bryn Mawr, PA. to play Harcum College. Harcum College is: "a small private associate degree granting college for liberal arts and professional studies."

On Saturday, January 18th, the Lions are heading back to Cecil College one month later but this time they are actually playing Cecil. Last year the Lions won in overtime against Cecil in Dundalk. Last year Cecil won the District VI tournament and finished third in the NJCAA Division II national championship.Cecil is ranked 15th in Division II this preseason.

The Lions return home for a quick two games in four days. The first game will be on Wednesday, January 22nd, against Harford Community College at 7:00 PM. The second game will be against Howard Community College at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 25th.

The Lions end January with back to back games on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29th and 30th. The Lions will travel to Baltimore City Community College with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 PM. Last year Baltimore City won the MDJUCO Tournament. At 7:00 PM on Thursday the Lions will be at home against Cheyney University of PA.

The first game of February comes at Northern Virginia Community College on the 3rd. The college is located in Annandale Virginia and tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

On Wednesday, February 5th, the Lions will be playing Chesapeake College in Dundalk at 7:00 PM. Last year the Lions lost by 5 at Chesapeake.

One week later on the 12th, the Lions will head to the Allegany College of Maryland. Last year the Lions upset the (26-4) team in Dundalk. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

The weekend of the 15th & 16th the Lions will be at Montgomery College and home against the other CCBC, Community College of Beaver County. Saturday at Montgomery County will start at 3:30. The "CCBC-off" will start at 3:00 PM on Sunday February 16th in Dundalk.

With the season coming to an end the Lions will head to Hagerstown Community College on the 22nd for the last away game of the season. Tip off scheduled for 3:00 PM.

The second to last game will be against Frederick Community College in Dundalk on Wednesday, February 25th. Tip off scheduled for 7:00 PM.

The last game of the regular season comes against Mt. Zion Academy on Tuesday March 3rd. Mt. Zion was in Dundalk at the start of the season for the mixer but did not play us. Now to end the regular season they return for a game starting at 7:00 PM.

After the regular season ends the Lions will hope to qualify for the Region XX Division II Tournament.

 

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