Melton helps ’Jacks, himself with strong play
Chesapeake College uses tournament split, two forfeits to improve to 3-2
Isadore Melton helped himself while helping his team in the Rockville Shootout Tournament.
Melton, a freshman forward from Blair High School in Montgomery County, scored a total of 29 points and shot 79 percent from the field as the Chesapeake College men’s basketball team split two tournament games. His strong play led head coach John Mappas to move Melton up to the starting team.
"Isadore really stepped up and played well both games," said Mappas. "He wasn’t playing much before, but he’s been working hard and producing, which is why he’s in the starting lineup."
Melton was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field while scoring a game-high 17 points in Sunday’s 70-57 loss to Cumberland County College. That performance came on the heels of Saturday’s 12-point, 13-rebound effort in a 77-68 victory over Howard University’s junior varsity.
Point guard Kentrell Ricketts scored a team-high 19 points with four rebounds and three assists to lead Chesapeake (3-2) to the win over Howard. Melton, Ricky Teagle (12 points, eight rebounds) and Jamire Davis (10 points) joined Ricketts in double figures.
Ricketts, however, suffered a bad hand bruise late in that game, making him unavailable Sunday. That left the Skipjacks who lost starting point guard Antoine White to a season-ending knee injury in their opener without a true point guard for the Cumberland contest.
"Not having Kentrell for the Cumberland game put a lot of pressure on Carlton (Brown) and Jamire (Davis) to play the point and neither had played point guard before Sunday," said Mappas.
The balanced scoring exhibited by the Skipjacks in the Howard win was not in evidence against Cumberland. Ty Newman (16 points) was the only Skipjack to join Melton in double figures, while three Cumberland players James Sharp (14 points), Kevin Brown (13), and Akeem Johnson (12) reached double digits in a balanced attack.
Mappas said the Skipjacks need to rebound more consistently if the team is to improve.
"We’re blocking out a little better and rebounding better, but it’s not sustained throughout the game," said Mappas. "We need that effort from everyone for 40 minutes. Ricky Teagle has been a consistent rebounder for us, but everyone else needs to provide the same consistency."
Chesapeake won two other games without taking the floor. Howard Community College defeated Chesapeake, 75-50, two weeks ago, but the Dragons forfeited the game due to the use of an ineligible player. Valley Forge Military Academy & College also forfeited to the Skipjacks by failing to appear for Tuesday night’s scheduled game.
The Skipjacks will go back to the court Friday for a 7 p.m. home contest against Montgomery College Rockville. Mappas expects Rockville which split with Chesapeake last season during the Skipjacks’ 27-5 campaign to be very tough again this season.
"They play very hard," said Mappas of Rockville, which defeated Cumberland by 14 points in the Rockville Shootout. "They attack offensively and defensively. We know they’re very aggressive and well-coached."
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