Skipjacks grind out another victory
Chesapeake beats Essex, improves to 3-1 since Faulk injury
ESSEX It wasn’t pretty, but it was another win for Chesapeake College’s short-handed men’s basketball team.
Jimmy Mosser scored 19 points Friday night to lead four Skipjacks into double figures as Chesapeake held off host Community College of Baltimore County-Essex, 69-65. The Skipjacks (9-7 overall, 5-3 Maryland JuCo) have won five of their last six games, including three-of-four since standout point guard Preston Faulk’s knee injury.
It was also Chesapeake’s fourth straight game decided by four points or less, including two overtime contests.
"All of the games where we can be competitive are going to be close. We’ve got to keep scores in the 60s and the 70s, because I’m not sure we can win a game in the 80s," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas. "Kentrell Ricketts is doing a heck of a job at the point in place of Preston, but it’s tough when you don’t have depth."
Hubert King (16 points), Davon Heath (14 points), and Brooks Cottman (10 points) joined Mosser in double figures.
"Hubert played well when he wasn’t in foul trouble and Brooks had one of his better games," said Mappas.
Brandon Hamilton scored a game-high 20 points to lead Essex (4-14, 2-8). The Knights stayed in the game with 17-for-22 foul shooting.
Lamont Burnley (18 points) and Decory Patterson (15 points) also reached double figures for the Knights, who trailed 29-27 at halftime.
Chesapeake travels to Anne Arundel Community College Monday for a 7 p.m. game against the Pioneers. Chesapeake beat AACC, 94-74, last month.
The Skipjacks then face five straight games against teams with winning records, starting with a 7 p.m. home game Wednesday night against defending NJCAA Division II national champion Cecil Community College.
"We’re heading into a very tough part of our schedule," said Mappas.
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