By K. Michael Hayes
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College Cougars fell to the Union County College Owls in men’s basketball, 66 to 60, on the afternoon of Nov. 21. Along with the Cougars falling flat, the CCC radio station, 91.5 WDBK, hosted its first Black and Blue Out event for the game, encouraging students to come out on a Saturday afternoon dressed in black and blue for the game. The event did just as well as the Cougars on this day.
The Cougars were led by Jerome Blume and Jerrell Burke, who scored 19 and 18 points, respectively. Blume was a force to be reckoned with down low around the paint, adding 12 rebounds and a block defensively, while Burke got the Cougars back in the game on several occasions, shooting from only beyond the arch and nailing six of his nine three-point attempts. The tandem gave CCC the lead early in the first half but the Owls late took and maintained the lead, only letting the Cougars get within as few as four points late in the second half before putting the game away with a series of late foul shots.
“The boys came out to play and while it hasn’t been going as well as expected, this game showed that the guys aren’t going to quit any time soon,” said Andrew Wallis, a student worker who taped the game. Wallis was more optimistic about the promotional event. “I think the station did a good job, great announcing, and the results didn’t really show, but the athletics department is excited to get more events like this up and running,” said Wallis.
Teresa Casanas, a CCC student who focuses on public relations with the radio station, joined Eva Thach, another member of the radio station, in manning a table in the hall of the gymnasium and attending the game. “The total attendance of the game was 27 not including staff and players, which I hear for a Saturday afternoon game is pretty good. We promoted with flyers all over campus this week and with on-air public service announcements. I believe the more we do these events, the better turnouts we’ll get,” said Casanas.