It's a tale of two different stories to start the season for the basketball programs at Cumberland County College. On Saturday Afternoon, the Lady Dukes caged the Panthers of Passaic County on their way to 3-0 start with a 70-53 win and the Men stumbled down the stretch in the home opener, falling to a 0-3 record.
For the women, four Dukes scored in double-figures. Sophomore Tamyra Smith tallied a double-double, putting up 11 points and pulling down a team-high 13 rebounds. Fellow sophomores Caroline Santiago and Jovan Childers scored 15 and 12 points respectively, and freshman point guard Sahara Lopez scored a game-high 16 points.
In the three o'clock game and for the second straight game, the Cumberland Men found themselves down in the second half, found a way to come back only to fall short in a 83-79 loss to Passaic. Nana Akyeansah led the way for the visiting Panthers with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman Mazeik Lawson poured in 22 of his own and added 5 assists off of the bench. For the Dukes, freshman forward Melvin Allen recorded his second straight double-double, posting 26 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
Both teams will take to the court Tuesday night, when Cumberland hosts Camden County College in a doubleheader. The Women will tip-off first at 5PM and the men's game will follow at 7PM.