Cumberland County College Men's Basketball head coach Darrin Stalling entered the season with much optimism after just over a month of practice. Leading a group with minimal experience is always a difficult task, but Coach Stalling took over the head coaching position in late June with the task of putting together a roster quickly for the first day of practice in October. On Wednesday night, Coach Stalling's efforts from day one were reciprocated with a 74-59 victory over Gwynedd Mercy College.
Coach Stalling hit the ground running upon taking over for the departed Will Wareham, utilizing the recruiting network he has developed over 20+ years of coaching, most recently at Stockton University. Through that network, he found freshman forward, Phil Cisrow (Cumberland Regional). Cisrow would bully his way to 19 points and 12 rebounds in his collegiate debut to lead the Dukes. Sophomore Taylor Clark (Vineland) would lead the Dukes in overall scoring with 20 points, dazzling the crowd with a series of acrobatic lay-ins. Returning from last year's record setting season, sophomore Kevin Clark (Coral Springs Christian Academy [FL]) followed with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Clark set the tone early with aggressive drives to the basket en route to scoring 11 of his 18 points from the free throw line. Danny Williams provided the Dukes with a spark off the bench with 10 points and 4 rebounds.
"Very proud of our guys with tonight's victory", Stalling said of his group. "This is merely our first step on a long journey. We have much to work on if we want our successes to continue."
Next up for Cumberland will be a rematch of the 2018 Region XIX Championship game, as they travel to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ to face the Jersey Blues. Tip off is slated for 2 pm.