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Beaver presses FCC into submission

March 01, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

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.

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"We are 30-1 and have used that style of play to get us there," Trojan coach Mark Javens said. "When we were up five with five to go, we got a couple of turnovers and turned them into easy baskets. With our pressure, we make teams do what they don't want to do and things their not used to doing."

Frederick raced out to a 21-14 lead in the first 10 minutes by weathering the pressure. But the Cougars got a false sense of security, allowing CCBC to turn up the pressure and close the half with a 28-13 run, behind 17 points from Benson, to take a 42-34 lead at intermission. The Cougars never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

Jamaal West led Frederick with 17 points and Kevin Dixon came off the bench to add 15. Quincy Davidson had 14 for the Trojans.

"We played great against the No. 1 team in the country," Miller said. "For 35 minutes we battled them even. But against a press like that, things come and go and soon we dug ourselves a hole."

In other quarterfinal action, No. 2 seed Catonsville topped CCAC/ Allegheny, 76-64; No. 3 Essex ousted Garrett, 84-73 and No. 4 Prince George's knocked off Harford, 95-83.

Stephen Bami scored 23 and Leon Wiseman added 23 to lift Prince George's, which faces CCBC, the tournament's top seed, today at 6 p.m.

Catonsville, rated No. 6 in the country, got 22 from Terrell Smith to turn back CCAC/Allegany and its 27-point performance by Nehemiah Brazil. Essex advanced on the strength of a balanced attack, as Henry Hurst led five players in double figures with 17. Catonsville and Essex play at 4.

In Region XX Division III action today, No. 3. MC/Germantown faces No. 2. Butler at noon and No. 4 Surry plays No. 1 MC/Rockville at 2 p.m.

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