Skipjacks beat Howard for fifth straight victory, but will have to face Hagerstown short-handed
Newman draws one-game suspension after being ejected in win over Dragons
COLUMBIA Ty Newman scored a team-high 22 points in Chesapeake College’s 86-72 men’s basketball victory at Howard Community College Monday night, but still managed to wind up in head coach John Mappas’ doghouse.
Newman was assessed two technical fouls, both for taunting, drawing an automatic ejection. That means he’ll miss Wednesday night’s 6 p.m. showdown at Hagerstown Community College, leaving the Skipjacks with just six players for that critical Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contest.
"We’re going to miss his (Newman’s) scoring, so we’ll have to make up for it defensively," said Mappas, whose team won its fifth straight game. "Going up there with six players, we’re going to have to keep the score in the 70s and play good defense, which has been a problem for us to date."
Newman led five Skipjacks into double figures. Aubin Reeves and Andrew Lee each scored 16 points, while Barry Bratten added 14 and Preston Faulk contributed 12 for Chesapeake (14-2 overall, 6-2 league).
"We had balanced scoring and we rebounded better in the second half," said Mappas. "Barry Bratten did a real good job hitting the boards for us in the second half, especially with Andrew Lee in foul trouble."
Joseph Taylor scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Dragons (6-8, 2-5). Teammates Andre Cooper and Kyle Servance joined Taylor in double figures with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Chesapeake and Hagerstown (11-4, 5-2) enter Wednesday night’s action as two of the five teams with two league losses. Undefeated Cecil (15-0, 7-0) continues to lead the league race by two games in the loss column and remains atop the NJCAA Division II national poll.
Hagerstown’s Kelvin Bright is the state’s fourth-leading scorer, averaging 21.1 points per game. While Travis May (14.0 points per game) is the only other Hawk currently averaging double figures, three others QMonte Matheny (9.7), William Taylor (9.3) and Calvin Johnson (9.2) average close to 10 points per game.
The Hawks also have two players in the state’s top 10 in rebounding. The 6-foot-8 John Long is the second-best rebounder in the state at 11.6 rebounds per game while the 6-6 Taylor (8.5 rebounds per contest) is ninth.
The Hawks, meanwhile, will have to find a way to handle Lee, who is fifth in the state in scoring (20.4 points per game) and sixth in rebounding (9.7 rebounds per contest).
While the Skipjacks would seem to be at a disadvantage with their six-player roster, Mappas said recent results show nothing can be taken for granted in Maryland JuCo.
"Prince George’s handed Hagerstown its second league loss of the season, then turned around and lost to Southern Maryland, which hadn’t won a league game all year," said Mappas. "It’s just a very even league."
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