Cats Conclude Second Home Tournament of the Year
DeLAND, Fla. - No. 18 Bethune-Cookman finished up its second home event of the 2012-13 season on Sunday, taking fourth place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division at the Sunshine Bowling Lanes in DeLand, Fla.
A day after senior Staci Hilliard claimed Most Outstanding Performer honors for the team matches, the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman looked to move up the standings in baker format through four matches on Sunday.
However, despite finishing the weekend with the second-highest pin total amongst the five participating teams, the Wildcats were unable to grab team wins in order to make the all-important Sunday leap.
"We didn't bowl like Wildcats this weekend," expressed B-CU head coach Tony O'Neal. "We did everything right except give a total team effort when it counted."
B-CU dropped the opener to North Carolina A&T (767-690), and then fell in a tightly contested match with eventual tournament winner Norfolk State by a count of 659-634.
The Wildcats squared off against Florida A&M in their third contest, falling in yet another close match, 695-687.
All weekend the Cats were within striking distance of their opponent, but the pins were unkind as one - or sometimes two, pins would not go down. Thus, B-CU was forced to pick-up spares with unkind pins still standing.
Bethune-Cookman did bounce back to register a victory in its final match of the day against North Carolina Central, courtesy a 732-646 advantage against the Eagles.
Overall, B-CU finished with a weekend record of 3-5, amassing 3,531 pins on the opening day, giving them a two-day total of 6,274 through Sunday. Norfolk State walked away with a 6-2 record, followed by North Carolina A&T (5-3) and Florida A&M (5-3). North Carolina Central was 2-6 for the tournament.
B-CU will be back in action again Dec. 1-2 in its second MEAC Southern Division Tournament hosted by Norfolk State in Chesapeake, Va.
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