By BOB PARASILITI
The Community College of Beaver County (Pa.) took on Frederick Community College in a battle of nerves and FCC cracked.
The Trojans, ranked No.1 among Division IIteams, applied a death grip with their full court pressure in the final five minutes Friday to take a 93-74 victory over Frederick in the quarterfinal round of the Region XX Division II tournament at Hagerstown Junior College.
"They are very quick," FCC coach Dave Miller said. "That press was the major factor in the game. We were able to stay with them for awhile and were only down five with five minutes to go and then we lapsed for a couple of minutes. They won a battle of nerves."
The Titans' vise-like pressure snatched 20 steals from Frederick (15-15) and turned many of the thefts into easy baskets. With the Cougars trailing only 72-67 with five minutes remaining, CCBC pressured its way to an 11-0 run, led by Jeff Benson, who scored five of his game-high 39 points.