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Lee leads Skipjacks to third straight victory
Sophomore transfer posts another double-double in win over Harford

BEL AIR – Chesapeake College shook off a sluggish start Wednesday night to register a 91-77 men’s basketball victory at Harford Community College.

Harford jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead against a Chesapeake team characterized as "lethargic" by Skipjacks head coach John Mappas. The Skipjacks responded by outscoring Harford, 48-20, the rest of the first half to build a 50-31 lead at the break.

"It was a typical January game," said Mappas, noting sluggish performances aren’t unusual after a long holiday break. "We were lethargic coming out at the start. After we fell back by eight, we picked it up."

Andrew Lee posted another double-double for the Skipjacks (12-2 overall, 4-2 Maryland JuCo) with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

"Andrew had a good game," said Mappas. "They guys are getting him the ball and Andrew is beating the other big men down the floor on the offensive end."

Preston Faulk and Ty Newman scored 15 each for the Skipjacks, while Barry Bratten (12 points) and Aubin Reeves (10) also reach double figures. Burton Moody scored nine points and Terrance Wright chipped in four as all seven Skipjacks scored.

"The offensive balance is good – we’re sharing the ball," said Mappas, whose team has won three straight. "I’m not happy defensively or with our half-court offense, but we’re running the fast break well."

Harford’s 6-foot-8 Rashawn Alexander and teammate James Pee each scored 20 points. Ricardo Lipscomb added 18 points and Tarail Jones scored 14.

The Skipjacks play Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Montgomery College/Takoma Park. The Falcons (6-8, 1-4) took Allegany College of Maryland into overtime last week before falling, 83-79.

Mappas said the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference can currently be divided between undefeated Cecil College (14-0, 6-0) "and everybody else."

"Rockville is also playing well, but everybody else is bunched up," said Mappas. "Everyone else can beat everyone else, all the way down the line."

Chesapeake began the week as one of seven teams with two league losses as everyone chases Cecil. The Skipjacks’ only losses have come to Cecil (94-89) and Rockville (83-82).

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