By Connor Iapoce
The County College of Morris men’s basketball team opened its 2017-2018 season Saturday, Nov. 11 with a 98-66 home win against Delaware Technical Community College.
Led by Anthony Obery in his fourth season as head coach, the Titans coaching staff consists also of recruiting assistant Anwar King in his second season, assistant coach Antoine Obery in his second season, and assistant coach Kory Roberson in his first season.
“It was a pretty good game,” said freshman point guard Abraham Kromah. “It was nice to get my guys involved. Everybody played hard today. It was good competition.”
The Titans came out strong offensively in the game to put up 48 points in the first half. The team also dominated the second half with 50 points. They restricted Delaware Tech to only 33 points per half.
“At times we lost intensity, but we brought it back up,” said sophomore guard Lamont Williams. “That’s why we had a 30 plus point lead in the win tonight. It was a good game.”
Key offensive players in the win against Delaware Tech include Lamont Williams and Ranell Bell with each putting up a team-leading 20 points and Abraham Kromah adding 13 points total. Nicholas Whitaker was a key defensive player with eight defensive rebounds, three blocks, and four steals.
“I feel like we did what we were supposed to do,” said assistant coach Anwar King. “A lot of people don’t know about County College of Morris on a regular basis, but this is a totally different team.”
The Titans statistics thus far into the season include a 44 field goal percentage, 50 three-point field goal percentage, 67.9 free throw percentage, and 51 rebounds per game.
“The key to success is just to bond,” Kromah said. “We have to play hard together, play good defense, and everything will fit for the team to succeed.”
Williams said that the team needs to work as a cohesive unit to be as efficient as possible.
“We just have got to love each other on the court and off the court,” Williams said
Assistant coach Anwar King is not looking forward to any specific game, as he believes that every game will matter this season.
“Nobody is used to County College of Morris being a name in the junior college scene,” King said. “The coaching staff and the athletic staff has done a lot of work to change things around here. We are looking forward to every game.”
King said that he is confident in various players to step up when needed.
“Every game is going to have somebody different that’s going to step in when we need them to get us over those humps,” King said. “We have loads of talent at literally every position.”
Some of the team members are hoping that they will be able to earn a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Championship tournament in March in Danville, Illinois.
“We are going to nationals,” Kromah said. “Of course we are going. Nothing less for this team.”
King believes the only thing that will stop this Titans team is themselves.
“As far as expectations on the season, I don’t see anybody stopping us but us,” King said. “The sky’s the limit for us this year. As long as my guys compete on a day-in, day-out basis whatever happens is what happens. I know we’re not going to be the same team that everybody knows us for.”
CCM Titans men’s basketball team competes in the Division II level in the Garden State Athletic Conference as well as in the NJCAA Region XIX.
The Titans next home game is at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 against Valley Forge Military College on the basketball court in the Health and Physical Education Building.