CCBC Dundalk Men’s Basketball wins regional title

Mar 03, 2015 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Lions are heading to nationals 

Dundalk, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk Lions men’s basketball yesterday earned a bid to the 2015 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship with an 84-79 victory over Northern Virginia C.C. in the Regional XX-A Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship game.

It’s the Lions first regional title since 2004.

“I feel excitement, relief and enjoyment for the work our student-athletes put it in,” said Lions head men’s basketball coach Jaron Taylor about winning a regional title. “It shows that we prepared them and they stayed true while adjusting to coaches and staff.”

Sophomore forward Sean Tarver (Carver High School) led the Lions with 21 points and 12 rebounds in the title game, completing his second double-double in as many tournament games.

Tarver was voted tournament Most Valuable Player, averaging 15.5 points per game and 11 rebounds in the regional tournament. He shot 48% from the field and 14 of his 22 rebounds were on the defensive end.

Tarver was also named to the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Brandon Fields. Fields (Owings Mills High School), a sophomore point guard, averaged 10 points and 13.5 assists per game in the tournament.

The Lions (20-9) went into the tournament as the No. 4 seed and met No. 5 CCBC Catonsville in a second round semifinal contest on Saturday at Hagerstown C.C.

It was the third time the two intra-campus rivals would meet this season, with each taking one of the previous two games.

The Lions shot 50% from the field (31-62) and made 47.6% (10-21) of its 3-point attempts in the 81-66 victory. Six Lions finished the game in double figures, including all five starters.

Sophomore Jaylin Sharp (Northwestern High School) scored a team-high 15 points, Tarver finished with 10 and Fields with 11 points. Sophomore captain Malachy Onwudiegwu (Mount Carmel High School) had 13 points, sophomore Kevin Davis (Digital Harbor High School) scored 14 and sophomore DoMico James (Annapolis High School) came off the bench to score 12 points in 20 minutes of play.

The Lions returned to Hagerstown on Monday to take on Northern Virginia, the tournament’s No. 9 seed, in the final.

With its first regional title in 11 years in sight, the Lions sophomore-laden team dug deep and outscored Northern Virginia 48-46 in the second half to win 84-79.

Four Lions finished the game scoring in double figures. Tarver scored a team-high 21 points. Onwudiegwu had 16 points, as did sophomore Umbori Watson whom came off the bench to hit 8-of-10 shots in just 18 minutes on the court.

Sharp scored 12 points and Fields missed double figures by one point, but dished out 16 assists.

“We are very proud of our men’s basketball student-athletes and staff,” said CCBC Dundalk Assistant Director of Athletics Marc Ershler. “We know they’ll represent us well at the national tournament in Danville, Illinois.”

The NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Championship will take place at Danville Area C.C. (Danville, Ill.) March 17-21. Tournament brackets will be available at http://www.dacc.edu/njcaa/games.

For additional information on the Lions, visit the team website at www.ccbcdundalklions.com.

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