NEWTOWN, Pa. - Another back-and-forth EPAC battle unfolded Tuesday evening at Bucks County Community College with the Mustangs falling to the host Centurions, 94-81, in Region XIX action.
The setback dropped Montgomery to 3-8 overall, 3-4 in the conference, and 3-6 in the region.
Anthony Patterson and Kanen Horton each recorded a double-double for coach Denny Surovec's squad, but an injury to Jalil Shafi in the opening minutes appeared to handcuff Montgomery's game and overall execution.
"Losing Shafi to injury in the first few minutes definitely affected our play, but we still had plenty of chances tonight," Surovec said. "Bucks just executed better than we did in the second half."
The Mustangs led 32-27 at halftime, but Shafi and his 12.5 points per game average was certainly missed as the Centurions took control in the second half. The momentum shifted for good when Bucks' Richard Butler fed Jenkins Kimber on a fast break for a dunk with seven minutes remaining in the game. Kimber led all scorers with 24 points.
Bucks converted 10 more field goals on eight less shots and drained nine three-pointers compared to Montgomery's three. Montgomery held a decisive advantage in both rebounds and free throw percentage. The Mustangs had 17 turnovers and Bucks committed 14.
Patterson led the Mustangs with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Kevin Woods finished with 18 points, while Horton chipped in 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Marcus Tillery scored 10 points and added 7 rebounds.
Bucks, which improved to 7-4 overall, 4-1 in the conference, and 6-3 in the region, placed five players in double figures.
Montgomery is back on its home court Thursday when it hosts Gwynedd Mercy's JV squad in a 7 pm tip-off.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director