Men’s Basketball Battles Backyard Competition
After a few full weeks of practice, coaches and the official full roster prepared for their first piece of action against Allegany Community College on Oct. 31.
The buzz around campus about this game had been around for a while before the game, with many people arguing and battling about who will win this year. Last year’s scrimmage ended in a very close game, with the Bobcats finding a way to pull out the win. Many local Frostburg and Cumberland community members, along with Frostburg State and Allegany Community College students, traveled to the game to support the men’s team and their new season.
Unlike last year, Frostburg commanded control very early in the first half. Frostburg scored from defending at a high level, causing turnovers, and easy transition scores. With a very familiar starting five, the Bobcats added a freshman to the starting lineup, Obediah Smith. Starters Christopher Coston had 10 points, and Tyler Michael added a strong 20 points on the other wing. Among some of the other new faces, Gregory Gibbs had a sharp 13 points, Daniel Alexander and Rhashad Johnson both pushed for a solid 10 points.
In the second half, the Bobcats started out a little slow, having a couple unforced turnovers and mental breakdowns on defense, exciting the Allegany crowd. The run luckily did not last long, as Coach Hatch inserted his starters as they took control and pushed for a lead with under eight minutes left in the half.
The Bobcats controlled the rest of the game as they cruised through to the final buzzer with a successful game to take home, and something to positively move forward from. The Bobcats officially kick off their season on Nov. 15 against Mount Aloysius in Bobcat Arena. Another game that will be full of excitement and support from out Frostburg State University students.