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Lee, Faulk named to all-state, all-region squads
Chesapeake’s Newman, Reeves join Lee on all-tournament team

The honors continue to mount for Chesapeake College’s men’s basketball team, which will play in the NJCAA Division I District 3 championship tournament this weekend.

Sophomore center Andrew Lee, Most Valuable Player of the NJCAA Division I Region XX tournament, has also been named to the all-Region XX Division I first team and the all-Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference first team. Sophomore shooting guard Preston Faulk was named to the all-Region XX Division I second team and the all-Maryland JuCo second team.

Freshman swingman Ty Newman and freshman point guard Aubin Reeves joined Lee on the all-tournament team as the Skipjacks won their first-ever Region XX men’s basketball championship last weekend.

Chesapeake head coach John Mappas said the Skipjacks’ prominence on the all-state and all-region teams is a reflection of both this season’s individual and team accomplishments.

"It means we’ve got good players, but the 27-4 record says that also," said Mappas. "Off a 27-4 team you should have people getting honors."

Lee – who is averaging 21.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists – is also a nominee for the NJCAA Division I all-American squad. Mappas said Lee is certainly worthy of that consideration.

"Andrew has given us great leadership and excellent all-around play while being extremely unselfish," said Mappas.

Faulk, who is averaging 11.5 points and four assists a game, has been a key to the Skipjacks’ defensive efforts.

"Preston’s job is to keep the point guard from penetrating and he’s done a good job there," said Mappas. "The one thing this league has is really good point guards. For example, Garrett’s (Shawn) Greenfield is a terrific player, but Preston held him to 13 points each game, four points under his average."

Mappas said Newman, the team’s second-leading scorer and an offensive-minded player, has helped the Skipjacks immensely by improving his defense.

"His defense is progressing," said Mappas. "It’s not where I want it to be, but he’s gotten better. He makes an effort to get back on defense every time. On offense, he’s great at not only creating his own shots but getting the ball to his teammates in positions where they can score."

Reeves, meanwhile, is Mappas’ prototypical point guard.

"He’s a very high-percentage shooter," said Mappas. "He doesn’t take a lot of shots, but he doesn’t take any bad shots. At the end of games, you want the ball in his hands because he’ll make a big play for you. He’s also a terrific athlete."

Notes: Terrance Wright gave the Skipjacks an unexpected offensive boost off the bench in Sunday’s 96-74 win over Garrett College in the Region XX title game by scoring 11 points.

"Terrance played his best ball of the season during the regional tournament," said Mappas.

While Wright’s offense in the title game was valuable, Mappas said it’s his defense that has been his biggest contribution throughout the season.

"Defensively we have him guard multiple people – the point guard, two-guard and sometimes the three-man (small forward)," said Mappas. "One thing he does is he always plays extremely hard. The point production helps, but the biggest thing is on the other end – he gives us a very aggressive defender." . . .

Montgomery College/Germantown (24-7) defeated Catawba Valley (N.C.) Community College, 72-64, Monday night in the NJCAA Division III Region 7 title game. Germantown joined Prince George’s Community College as Maryland teams that have qualified to participate in this year’s NJCAA men’s basketball national tournaments.

Chesapeake will attempt to become the third state team advancing to national competition when the Skipjacks play in the four-team NJCAA Division I District 3 tournament this weekend at Westchester (N.Y.) Community College.

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