Skipjacks take two at Louisburg tournament
Heath, Lee play key roles as Chesapeake College gets hoop season off to fast start
LOUISBURG, N.C. The Skipjacks’ game plan for the Coca-Cola Classic was simple and effective.
"We took the ball to the basket," said Chesapeake College men’s basketball head coach John Mappas after his Skipjacks used that strategy to open the season with a pair of wins. "Our offense is meant to penetrate and get the ball inside. We went to the foul line 59 times in two games because we took it to the basket and didn’t settle for outside shots."
Chesapeake College defeated Central Carolina, 87-76, Friday night and then held off the host Hurricanes, 81-80, Saturday afternoon as Louisburg’s Omar Jones missed a put-back attempt at the buzzer. Five different Skipjacks scored in double figures in at least one game, while Davon Heath and Andrew Lee each notched a double-double during the tournament.
"I thought the play of Davon Heath and Andrew Lee were highlights for us," said Mappas. "Lee was the big difference for us in the second half against Louisburg. He had 19 points in the second half, and we did a good job getting the ball inside to him."
Mappas wasn’t as pleased with the Skipjacks’ defense.
"Right now, we don’t defend anybody," Mappas said. "Defense is mostly effort. Right now we’ve got two or three players who really want to defend, but we can score points."
Heath put up a game-high 20 points and added 10 rebounds in the win over Central Carolina. Aubin Reeves added 19 points, including 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch after Central Carolina cut a 15-point deficit to seven points.
"We opened up the court and put the ball in Aubin’s hands down the stretch," said Mappas. Preston Faulk added 12 points against Central Carolina. Ryan Fairley led five Central Carolina players in double figures with 17 points.
Lee had 10 rebounds to go with his 28 points against Louisburg, while Heath scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Reeves added 12 points and Barry Bratten chipped in 10 for the Skipjacks, who overcame a double-digit deficit before nearly blowing a 14-point lead in a fast-paced game.
"There were athletes all over the place running up and down the court all game long," said Mappas, who would have liked a little more structure to the Skipjacks’ offense. "Everybody was going a hundred miles an hour. I don’t think either team ran a play all game."
Calvin Daniels and Raheem Smith each scored 16 points to lead Louisburg.
The Skipjacks are off now until they play in this weekend’s Dragon Invitational at Howard Community College. Chesapeake plays Tidewater Community College Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and takes on Monroe Community College Saturday at 1 p.m.
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