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Mappas reaches milestones in latest Skipjack win
Veteran coach earns 100th victory at Chesapeake, 200th of college coaching career

TAKOMA PARK – John Mappas reached two coaching milestones in one game Saturday night as the Chesapeake College men’s basketball team cruised to a 99-77 win over host Montgomery College/Takoma Park.

The win gave Mappas his 100th victory at Chesapeake and the 200th win of his college coaching career. Chesapeake (13-2 overall, 5-2 Maryland JuCo) also kept Mappas on pace for the seventh 20-win season of his illustrious coaching career.

True to form, Mappas downplayed the accomplishment.

"It just means longevity," shrugged Mappas. "I’ve been here (Chesapeake) for six seasons. You ought to be able to win 100 in six years."

Mappas has a 100-60 record at Chesapeake. He had a 100-23 record in four years at Charles County Community College during the mid-1980s for an overall collegiate record of 200-83. That record doesn’t include more than two decades as a successful high school coach at five schools in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.

The milestone was never in doubt after the Skipjacks rolled to a 56-33 halftime lead, paced by Preston Faulk’s 23 first-half points. Faulk finished with 25 points to lead the Skipjacks, who have averaged 50.3 first-half points over the last four games – all Chesapeake wins.

Faulk hit seven first-half 3-pointers before being limited to two second-half points.

"His arm fell off, so he couldn’t shoot in the second half," deadpanned Mappas.

Andrew Lee logged another strong offensive performance for the Skipjacks, scoring 24 points, and Ty Newman added a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds). Aubin Reeves was the fourth Skipjack in double figures with 15 points.

Burton Moody (seven points), Barry Bratten (six points), and Terrance Wright (two points) rounded out the scoring for Chesapeake.

The Skipjacks are averaging 87.8 points per game and have scored less than 80 points just once this season.

"We have a lot of individual talent – kids who can score inside, score outside and handle the ball," said Mappas. "The kids get up and down the court on offense."

Donte Gibson scored 25 points to pace the Falcons (6-9, 1-5) and tie Faulk for game-high scoring honors. Derrick Williams (16 points) and Jamal Hyman (10 points) joined Gibson in double figures.

The Skipjacks complete a four-game road trip by playing Monday at Howard Community College (6-6, 2-3) at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday at Hagerstown Community College (11-4, 6-2) at 6 p.m. They return home to face Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk Friday at 7 p.m.

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