Short-handed Skipjacks drop third straight
Defense falters as Chesapeake without Faulk or King loses to PG
LARGO Chesapeake College, playing without the injured Preston Faulk and suspended Hubert King, was hurt by defensive breakdowns in Wednesday’s 88-76 men’s basketball loss to Prince George’s Community College.
"We aren’t defending people. We aren’t boxing out, we aren’t getting our hands up in shooters’ faces, and we’re not fighting through screens and we practice all of that every day," said Chesapeake College head coach John Mappas.
Faulk missed his eighth straight game as he recovers from a knee injury, and King sat out the game as penalty for picking up a technical foul in last Friday’s loss to Howard Community College. Even without two of their best players, the Skipjacks stayed close to Prince George’s, trailing by only four points at the half before the Owls pulled away with a 47-point second half.
Wesley Sweet scored a team-high 22 points to lead four Owls into double figures. Nusir Austin added 14 points, Leon Willis scored all 11 of his points in the second half, and Greg Giddings chipped in 10. Former Skipjack Josh Hickson scored eight points.
Jimmy Mosser scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Skipjacks, who also received 16 points from Felix Weeks and 11 from Davon Heath.
Chesapeake’s third straight loss dropped the Skipjacks to .500 both overall (10-10) and in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (6-6). King will be back for Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at Montgomery College Germantown, but Faulk is out at least until a February 9th doctor’s appointment to assess his recovery.
Mappas is less concerned at this point about who’s playing than he is about how they are playing defense.
"We have three weeks until the playoffs start and it’s going to be a very short playoff season for us unless we turn it around defensively," said Mappas.
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