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'Jacks tie school record at 'home-away-from-home'
Four Charles County players shine in 111-82 rout of CSM

LA PLATA – The schedule wouldn’t allow the Skipjacks to earn their record-tying 21st victory at home, so they matched the mark at their home-away-from-home.

Chesapeake College rolled to a 111-82 men’s basketball victory Friday night at the College of Southern Maryland. It was a homecoming of sorts for the four Skipjacks who played their high school basketball in Charles County and for Chesapeake head coach John Mappas, who averaged 25 wins a season while coaching CSM in the mid-1980s.

Andrew Lee – who played just down the road at La Plata High School – scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to pace the Skipjacks. Five of Lee’s six teammates joined him in double figures as the Skipjacks exhibited their characteristic balance.

"We really moved the ball well," said Mappas, whose team improved to 21-3 overall and 13-3 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "We were making three and four passes, which was getting us a lot of open looks at the basket. When people are sharing the ball and making the extra pass, it keeps everybody happy."

Like Lee, the other three Charles County players performed well.

Forward Burton Moody, who played at Southern Maryland Christian Academy, scored a career-high 18 points. Point guard Aubin Reeves (Thomas Stone High) had 15 points and nine assists, and off guard Preston Faulk (McDonough High) scored 11 points and dealt out four assists.

Mappas, who also coached at five Charles County high schools, improved to 9-3 against CSM.

"A lot of my former players came to Friday’s game," said Mappas. "I had players there who played for me at La Plata High School 35 years ago."

Easton High grad Ty Newman scored 22 points for the Skipjacks, who won their seventh straight game. Chesapeake has enjoyed nine-, seven-, and five-game winning streaks during a season that’s been successful beyond anything Mappas said he could have imagined.

"You never figure on 21-3 because you never know the strength of the league," said Mappas. "I knew we had a lot of offensive skill on this team, but 21-3 would have been a bit much to predict."

Chesapeake’s first chance to break the school’s win record will be in Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. regular-season finale at the Community College of Baltimore County/Catonsville. The Skipjacks will then host a first-round state tournament game February 19th against a currently undetermined opponent.

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