By: David Gonzalez
Staff Writer


Midway through this season, BCC’s men’s basketball team Head Coach Matt Odalen takes account of a 6-11 record.

“Early on, we had a lot of ups and downs,” said Odalen.  “There were a few games we should have won early on.”

Odalen attributes those losses to the untimely departures of some key players.  Not only is their team short a few players, including the crucial center position, but they lost some much needed height as well.

The team is smaller than they originally planned on in preseason and since size is something you cannot coach, some major defensive and offensive adjustments had to be made.  Bergen was forced to play small ball.

Regardless, Bergen got off to an 0-3 start. By losing five of their first six games and splitting their next 10, Bulldog Basketball is poised for a second-half comeback.

“We had some tough losses,” said Odalen.

On Nov. 8, the second game of the year,  Bergen lost an away game in New York to Queensborough Community College 98-101 in overtime. Another tough loss came at the hands of North Hampton Community College at home on Dec. 10.

“Yeah, we dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole, but we fought back a little in the second half.” said Odalen.

Bergen played well against Ocean County Community College on Dec. 20. Bergen led throughout, but Ocean came back and handed BCC a 76-84 loss . Two days later, Dec. 22, Bergen was down 17 at the half to Union County Community College, however, the Bulldogs fought back fiercely to end up winning the game.

The second half of the season began at home on Jan. 19, against Camden Community College, bringing a loss of  90-80.  That was follow by a Jan. 24, 91- 67 loss to Brookdale Community College.

Bergen needs to average .500 in the win-loss column in conference or overall play to qualify for any post-season tournament.  With 10 games left on their schedule Bergen’s record now stands at 6-12 overall and 5-10 in conference.

Bergen has some work to do, but based on the first half of the season, and the way Bergen is playing now, Odalen is sure his team has gained the confidence they need to be competitive.

“We don’t feel we are over-matched.  We need post-season experience.  If we get that, we’ll have had a real successful season.”