Skipjacks find a way to beat Dundalk, 67-60
DUNDALK –Their best player didn´t play at all, and their leading scorer spent the whole game in foul trouble. Yet the visiting Skipjacks still managed to hold off Community College Baltimore County-Dundalk, 67-60, Wednesday night in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference men´s basketball opener for both teams.
"We went to the foul line a lot by penetrating instead of settling for jump shots," said Chesapeake College head coach John Mappas. "Kentrell Ricketts (game-high 17 points) did a good job of getting to the basket and we did a better job protecting our defensive boards the last four minutes after Dundalk made their run."
Ricketts, Jimmy Mosser (12 points) and Felix Weeks (10 points, seven rebounds) all scored in double figures as the Skipjacks improved to 3-3 on a season-opening, eight-game road trip. Davon Heath, pressed into frontcourt duty due to the absence of injured sophomore standout Hubert King, had eight points and six rebounds in a performance that drew praise from Mappas.
"He´s a 6-1 kid playing inside because we needed him there," Mappas said of Heath.
Point guard Preston Faulk, the Skipjacks´ leading scorer, played sparingly due to foul trouble. Faulk´s participation ended early when he protested his fourth foul, resulting in a technical that became his disqualifying fifth foul.
"Kentrell Ricketts and Marcus Felton did a good job getting us into our offense with Preston out so much of the game," said Mappas.
Devon Gardner scored 16 points to lead three Lions into double figures. Teammates Brian Ross and Donald Spence scored 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Chesapeake built a 37-29 halftime lead, but the Lions (0-5) pulled within 57-55 with less than four minutes remaining.
"They made their run by getting second shots on us," said Mappas. "After they cut the lead to two points, we spread the court and got a couple of layups. We also hit some big foul shots down the stretch."
Mappas, who hoped to get at least three wins during the opening eight-game road trip, was pleased to put the Dundalk game in the victory column – particularly since the Skipjacks end the trip with games at conference powers Frederick Community College (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and Allegany College of Maryland (next Wednesday at 7 p.m.).
"We´ve won the games we´re capable of winning," said Mappas. "The other three games we´ve played we´ve been blown out because we were matched up against teams that had too much physical size.
"You can´t give up five or six inches against big, athletic teams unless you control the tempo," added Mappas. "We have to do a better job of controlling the pace of the game against Allegany and Frederick."
Hagerstown CC 78, Chesapeake College 34
WYE MILLS –LaToya Buckner and Sade Williams scored 14 points each as the undefeated Hawks (8-0) rolled to an easy win Wednesday night.
Monette Malabet scored a game-high 18 points to lead Chesapeake, which trailed, 40-13, at the half.
The Skipjacks (1-3) host Anne Arundel Community College Friday night at 7 p.m.
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