Mustangs Close Season, Williams Earns All-Conference Honors

Mustangs Close Season, Williams Earns All-Conference Honors

Monday evening the Montgomery County Community College men's basketball team traveled to take on the Union County College Owls in the 2012-13 NJCAA Region 19 Quarterfinals.

The Mustangs were seeded 3rd in the Eastern Pennyslvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) and the Owls were seeded 2nd in the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). The teams had not played each other during the regular season, but held records indicating a close game would ensue.

On the opening tip off, the Owls were able to get a jump on the Mustangs, surging ahead to secure a 17-point lead by half time. The 28-45 gap was not what Mustangs Head Coach Denny Surovec had hoped for.

"The guys fought all night, but once again we found ourselves fighting back from a big deficit."

The Mustangs were able to recover much of that deficit, coming back within eight points of the Owls with 7:00 left in the game. The team fought to overcome the Owls but could only produce a 36-38 second half. The evenly-matched play was not enough to make up for the faulty start and ultimately the Owls advanced to Semifinal play with the 83-64 win.

"This was certainly a disappointing way to end our season," commented Surovec. "But in spite of tonight's outcome, our team should be proud of what they accomplished this season. The program took another big step forward."

Second year sophomore Jah'lil Williams exhibited a top-notch performance for the Mustangs, with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Also contributing were sophomore Shaquille Graham with 13 points and six rebounds and freshman Dexter Shy with five rebounds.

Williams was honored for his display of talent this season, landing a spot on the 2012-13 EPAC All-Conference 2nd Team. Williams scored 428 points this season, a huge increase over the 157 points scored last year. He joined the Mustangs 500 point club and was recently honored at the Mustangs' Sophomore Night. Williams also racked up a career total of 280 rebounds. He is currently ranked 10th in the nation in steals with 79, and 16th in the nation for assists with 154.

Williams hopes to graduate and transfer to play basketball at an NCAA four-year college next season.