’Jacks lose two games and their point guard
White’s knee injury in season-opening tournament a huge blow for Chesapeake
WYE MILLS Antoine White’s importance to the Chesapeake College men’s basketball team was dramatically illustrated in Saturday’s 82-71, season-opening loss to the host Catamounts in the Potomac State College Invitational.
The Skipjacks blew out to a 23-14 lead only to have White then blow out his right knee. PSC finished the half on a 26-11 run and never trailed again.
"When Antoine went out, we fell apart," said Skipjacks head coach John Mappas. "I knew how important Antoine was to the team, but we’ve got to move on. In sports, you’re going to have injuries and you have to have other people step up."
White was to be examined Monday afternoon, but Mappas indicated the freshman point guard could be lost for the season.
Sophomore guard Ty Newman, the only returning player from last year’s Region XX championship team, and freshman forward Jamire Davis tried to take up the slack offensively. Newman poured in a game-high 28 points and Davis added 16, but William Cray (nine points) was the only other Skipjack near double figures.
By contrast, Potomac State placed five players in double figures. Marcus Charles led the Catamounts with 22 points while Donavin Vinson (16), Travis Williams (15), Vance Hosby (14), and DaLec Cromwell (10) also reached double digits.
The Skipjacks (0-2) lost to Howard Community College, 75-50, Sunday afternoon in the second day of the PSC tournament. Jimmy Dorsey led Howard with a game-high 21 points while Kameron Crump, Jimmy Jackson, and Anthony Jones each scored 11.
Newman was the only Skipjack in double figures with 12 points. Cray added nine points while Kentrell Ricketts and T.J. Brooks scored seven each for Chesapeake, which scored only 17 second-half points after trailing by just a point (34-33) at halftime.
"Howard did a nice job defensively, particularly drawing charges in the second half," Mappas said.
While Mappas knew the Skipjacks might struggle offensively this season, he also wasn’t particularly pleased with what he saw on the defensive end.
"Our defensive rebounding and our effort to get back on defense to stop fast breaks are awful," said Mappas.
Mappas, whose squad doesn’t play again until the Rockville Shootout on November 15-16, gave his team Monday off.
"I need a day off to reevaluate what we’re doing," said Mappas Monday morning. "We’re not a well-coached team right now, and that’s my fault. We’re going to take steps to correct the situation."
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