By Max McGee
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College men’s basketball team may have to start charging fans the price of admission with the way they are competing atop Region XIX. The Papiano Gym had its first strong crowd this season and they soon found out the news. This just in …They’re good.
The Cougars are now 3 and 0 as they beat the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers by 24 Tuesday night with the final score of 95-71. They started out the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back.Atlantic Cape guard Armin Cane came into the game averaging 26.8 points per game. One of the main focuses was to limit his production. Head Coach Lou Abbattista and the Cougar staff were looking to continue their success on Cane after his two-point performance last year vs. CCC. “We defend him full court with two or three people subbing in. You have to limit his touches and once you do that, he can’t score.” He improved this time with 17 total but shot poorly and only had five points in the second half.
The three Cougar wins have an average margin of victory of 27 points per game. Assistant Coach Bob Wright said there is still room for improvement. “We got into transition a lot today, which was more street ball, so we have to execute our plan better. We have better athletes than we did last year but last year’s team played better together, so we are still trying to find that niche.” Abbattista noted the players are young but if they can just focus on the game plan, they’ll be fine.
He also noted the team’s strength is their depth and they displayed it in the second half with Nick Moore, La’Quan Coaxum, Terrell Parker and Tyaire Hudson all in double figures with 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward Moore having a game high 18 points and eight rebounds. Steven Wade used all 6 feet 9 inches of his frame as he contributed a game-high nine rebounds.
This team had it all going for them Tuesday night but they are still young and will go as far as their young guards will take them. Coaxum nearly messed around and got a double double while Hudson and Hakim Williams ran the show, calling out plays and setting up teammates at will.
Wright said the coaches are proud of their young guards. “Tyaire came from a real good high school background with lots of AAU ball and Hakim just played his butt off and he gets after it despite his size.”