Men's Basketball Takes Down the #5 Team in the Country on Spirit Night

Men's Basketball Takes Down the #5 Team in the Country on Spirit Night

Tuesday marked Montgomery County Community College's annual Spirit Night. With it came the unveiling of the Mustangs' new "tradition" shirts as well as two massively important games. The men's and women's basketball teams took on Community College of Philadelphia, national powerhouses among the NJCAA.

After a tough loss for the women's basketball team, it was time for the men's team to take the stage. The Mustangs, who had received votes in the national top 15 polls, had already fought against CCP earlier in the season, falling in an 8 point loss. This time, the Lions were coming into the game ranked as the number 5 team in the country, the highest ranked team the Mustangs had faced all season.

The atmosphere was electric and propelled the Mustangs to an early lead right at the start of the game. However, no lead is safe against the #5 ranked Lions, as they quickly took a lead of their own. A fast paced end to the first half due to a few steals and dunks from the Mustangs gave them a 9 point lead at the half.

However, as mentioned before, no lead is safe against the Lions. CCP slowly chipped away at the Mustang lead until about halfway through the second half. The Lions managed to tie the game late.

From there, the game reached its true potential. Both teams fought back and forth, with the Mustangs never truly being able to pull away. Finally, the Lions managed to sink a three pointer to take a one point lead with under 4 minutes left to go.

The Mustangs knew that they needed to answer or they would be in real trouble. When that happens, the Mustangs know that they need to go to their stars. As their play broke down and the shot clock was winding, the ball got kicked out to Seth Compas (SO, Wissahickon), the Mustangs' leading scorer, who nailed a three-pointer from the corner to retake the lead.

From that point on, the Mustangs never looked back. A huge defensive stop allowed the Mustangs to be in a position where the Lions had to foul to stay in the game. Sophomore captains Seth Compas and Cameron Reid (SO, Spring-Ford) were both among the Mustangs who nailed their free throws, eventually giving Montco the 63-60 win.

The top ten win is the first in Head Coach Nyere Miller's two year career at Montco. The win will most likely propel the Mustangs up through the polls and into a ranked position. They'll most likely get their first chance to defend that ranking against Harrisburg Area Community College on Tuesday, February 4th.