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Skipjack comeback falls short at Harford
Heath leads second-half charge in Chesapeake hoop opener

BEL AIR – Even a 56-point second half couldn’t keep the Skipjacks from a season-opening loss Tuesday night as host Harford Community College held on for an 84-73 men’s basketball victory.

Chesapeake College’s Davon Heath scored a game-high 18 points, including 17 in the second half as the Skipjacks gamely battled back from a 41-17 halftime deficit. Hubert King added 15 and Jimmy Mosser chipped in 14 for Chesapeake.

"They killed us on the boards and we hurt ourselves with turnovers," said John Mappas, who officially returned to the Skipjacks’ bench after a two-year hiatus.

While pleased that his team didn’t give up facing a 24-point halftime deficit, Mappas said the second half wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty.

"Neither team played a lick of defense in the second half," said Mappas.

Rashawn Alexander and Daniel Pendleton scored 14 points each to lead a balanced attack for Harford (2-0). Ricardo Lipscomb was the third Owl in double figures with 11 points.

The Skipjacks next play in this weekend’s high-powered CCBC Cardinals Mixer. Chesapeake plays Monroe (NY) Community College Friday at 4 p.m. in Columbia and Rockland (NY) Community College Saturday at 1 p.m. in the multi-site tournament.

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