'Jacks in the zone: PG can't beat 2-3 or handle Lee
Chesapeake College moves to 5-0 with impressive win over Owls
WYE MILLS In the end, the Owls couldn’t handle either Andrew Lee or Chesapeake College’s 2-3 zone defense.
"When we went to the 2-3, we made them start shooting the ball from the outside instead of getting their offense off their fast break," said Lee, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds as the Skipjacks posted an 88-74 men’s basketball win Friday night against visiting Prince George’s Community College.
Davon Heath (19 points, five rebounds) noted the 2-3 zone has bailed out the 5-0 Skipjacks three times this season.
"Coach (John Mappas) is not a zone coach, but when we’ve used it in the second half against Louisburg, Monroe, and PG we’ve come back to beat all three teams," said Heath after the Skipjacks leading only 67-65 used a 21-7 run to break the game open. "It’s good to be able to play man-to-man, but when teams are bigger than us we’ve got to be able to go to zone."
Even Mappas gave grudging praise to his team’s work in the 2-3 zone.
"It’s worked for us so far," said Mappas, who felt his team’s strategy of taking the ball right at the bigger Owls was just as important. Chesapeake was rewarded with 35 free-throw attempts to just seven for the Owls.
"Coach told us to keep driving the ball because we weren’t making our jump shots," said Lee.
PG (1-2) tried to take control early, opening the game with a 7-0 run. The Skipjacks fought back to build a 17-13 lead, but Prince George’s used a 26-13 roll to take a 39-30 lead late in the first half.
Preston Faulk (10 points) stopped that Owl surge with a critical three-pointer, Lee scored off an offensive rebound, and Aubin Reeves (17 points, three assists, two steals) split a pair of free throws to pull Chesapeake within 39-36 at the half.
That was part of a 10-0 Chesapeake run that spilled over into the second half, climaxed when Heath banked home a jumper to give the Skipjacks a 40-39 lead. The Owls caught up, 44-44, on a three-point play by Kenneth Mears, but Faulk answered with another trey and Heath scored on a layup off a Reeves feed for a 49-44 Skipjack advantage.
PG stayed close until the Skipjacks’ closing run, which started when Reeves hit both ends of a one-and-one with 5:44 remaining for a 69-65 lead. That was the start of 10 straight points by the Skipjacks in just 84 seconds. Ty Newman (eight points) hit a three-point jumper and Reeves scoring five straight points on a jumper in the lane and a driving bank shot that resulted in a three-point play for a 77-65 cushion with just 4:20 to play.
Kevin Baker led PG with 15 points while Eric Vann and Lance Fuller added 12 points each. Robert Spencer was the fourth Owl in double figures with 11 points.
John Dawson and Barry Bratten scored six points each as seven Skipjacks scored at least six points.
Chesapeake will try to go to 6-0 Tuesday night when the Skipjacks play a 7 p.m. non-conference game at Delaware Technical and Community College/Stanton in Wilmington, Del.
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