Freshman Duo Leads Hawk Surge in Opener
Nov. 10, 2017

Final Stats

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland -

Behind a pair of sharpshooting freshmen off the bench, Maryland Eastern Shore men’s basketball opened the 2017-18 slate on a high note, downing Valley Forge 95-69 on Friday night in front of 2,164 fans at the Hytche Athletic Center.

Cameron Bacote (Hampton, Virginia) notched a double-double in his first collegiate game, pouring in a game-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including 6-of-12 from long range, and dishing out 11 assists. Fellow rookie Sean Hoggs (Lawrenceville, New Jersey) matched him shot-for-shot, scoring 23 points and hitting 7-of-8 from downtown (8-of-11 overall). The two combined for 54 percent of the Hawks’ (1-0) scoring on the night.

“We definitely made some shots,” said Hawks head coach Bobby Collins. “We knew those guys could shoot in high school, and that’s what they did.

“The task now is teaching them how to shoot in the system. They watched a little too much of Ryan Andino in the game film!”

After falling behind 3-1 in the early scrum, the Hawks used a 9-0 run to establish control. The Patriots (0-1) whittled it back to 17-15 with 11:27 to go in the first half, but Ahmad Frost (Cincinnati, Ohio) nailed a three within the next half-minute, and the visitors would never get within one possession again.

With 7:21 to go before halftime, Logan McIntosh (Atlanta, Georgia) came down with a hard foul on Valley Forge’s Alex Sanchez and came off the court favoring his left ankle. The senior guard returned to the floor minutes later but soon after exited again, this time for good. He finished with six points and four assists in 14 minutes.


 

 

“He’s fine, he’s got a little bruise that he’ll take care of tonight,” said Collins. “I could’ve played him, but I didn’t see the need. We took control of the game the way the freshmen were playing.”

It was without their senior leader that, indeed, Eastern Shore started pulling away for good. Hoggs hit three treys in quick succession inside seven minutes to play in the half, and Bacote added two bull’s-eyes of his own as the Hawks took a 45-38 lead into the locker room.

The second half began with a 13-3 Hawk blitz, including two easy hook shots and a dunk for LeAndre Thomas (St. Petersburg, Florida) that put away what little hope the Patriots had left. The Shore outscored their guests 50-31 in the final 20 minutes, and Bacote’s layup with 24 seconds to go gave the game its final margin and the Hawks’ their biggest lead of the night.

Thomas came up just shy of his own double-double, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds. Tyler Jones (Atlantic City, New Jersey) added 10 of his own with five boards and three blocks, while Frost contributed all-around with 10 points, four rebounds, and six assists.

The Hawks did everything right offensively, shooting over 50 percent from the floor (36-of-70) and burying 15 threes on 38 attempts. The point guard triumvirate of Bacote, Frost, and McIntosh combined for 21 of Eastern Shore’s 22 helpers on the night.

Sanchez kept Valley Forge close early, scoring 24 of his game-high 28 points in the first half, but the Hawks kept him quiet after the break. Bariq London contributed 15 points, and Sean Word notched 10.

Eastern Shore now hits the road for six straight games, starting on Sunday night at the University of Maryland. Tip from Xfinity Center is set for 6 p.m. with a pregame show at 5:45. The game will be televised on BTN Plus and can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 960 AM WTGM or on EasternShoreHawks.com. Will DeBoer will have the call on The Shore Sports Network.

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