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Lions off to slow start on difficult road trip

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The CCBC Dundalk men’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat visiting CCBC Catonsville 69-50 on Dec. 4.

The Lions then left for a difficult road trip. Dundalk does not have another home game util it hosts College of Southern Maryland on Jan. 11.

By then, the Lions will have played six road games. They’re off to a 1-2 start, splitting two games at the Cecil College Holiday Classic on Dec. 13-14 and losing at Sullivan County (N.Y.) Community College 120-112 in double overtime on Dec. 16.

At the Cecil College tournament, Dundalk lost to Cuyahoga Community College 68-58 and defeated Monroe Community College 75-67.

The Lions were to play at Monroe College on Tuesday, then return on jan. 4 to play at Anne Arundel Community College, followed by a game at Prince George’s Community College on Jan. 8.

Against CCBC Catonsville, Dundalk fell behind 4-0 in the first few minutes and didn’t score its first points until almost four minutes into the game.

But once the Lions got started, they went on a 14-0 run and led 26-10 before coasting into halftime with a 34-17 lead.

Mohamed Bundu led Dundalk with 16 points, while Jason Mouzon scored 15 and Allayassa Bray and Noel Hilton each scored 10.

Dana Strothers grabbed 10 rebounds and Hilton had nine. Strothers also had five assists.

Against Monroe Community College, Dundalk trailed 17-5 in the first half before rallying to take a 32-31 lead.

Monroe led 33-32 at halftime. The teams traded the lead several times in the second half before Dundalk went up for good on a three-point play by Bundu that gave the Lions a 60-58 lead with 9:55 remaining.

That started a 7-0 Dundalk run to extend the lead to 64-58.

After Monroe ended a three-minute scoring drought to get to within 64-60 with 7:33 remaining, Strothers converted two free throws and made a basket, and Monroe never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Tyshaun Walker and Malik McCormick each scored 18 points to lead Dundalk, while Strothers had 12.

McCormick also had six steals and a team-high nine rebounds.

In the Sullivan County game, Dundalk trailed 49-40 at the half and rallied to send the game into overtime tied 91-91.

Both teams scored 10 points in the first overtime before Sullivan County outscored the Lions 19-11 in the second overtime.

Strothers finished with 32 points, shooting 12-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line.

McCormick has 27 points and Tyshaun Walker scored 24.

In the loss to Cuyahoga, Dundalk fell behind 28-9 in he first 14 minutes and couldn’t recover.

The Lions got to within 38-30 with 16:36 remaining after a three-pointer by McCormick but couldn’t sustain the run.

A three-pointer by Bray made it 63-55 with seven seconds remaining, followed by a wild finish that saw the Lions convert three free throws and Cuyahoga convert five free throws with time expired, due to multiple fouls.

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