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’Jacks suffer two last-second setbacks
Garrett, Prince George’s hold on as Chesapeake drops to 4-9

The Skipjacks had chances to pull off two big wins this week, but in both cases weren’t quite able to seal the deal.

Chesapeake College lost to visiting Garrett College, 47-46, Monday night and dropped a 73-71 decision at Prince George’s Community College Wednesday night as the Skipjacks’ losing streak stretched to six games. Chesapeake (4-9 overall, 1-5 Maryland JuCo) had chances to take the lead in the final seconds of each game.

The Skipjacks battled back from double-digit halftime deficits in both contests only to come up short at the end.

"We’re playing one good half," said Skipjacks head coach John Mappas. "We just weren’t patient offensively and we reacted too slowly on defense in the first half of both games."

The Skipjacks nearly overcame a 49-33 halftime deficit against PG, holding the Owls (4-10, 2-4) to 24 second-half points in a battle of reigning Region XX champions. Chesapeake won the region’s Division I title and the Owls took the Division II crown last March.

"We played more man-to-man defense in the second half and we executed better," said Mappas, whose team grabbed a brief, 71-70 lead in the game’s final minute.

Paul Johnson (12 points) put the Owls ahead to stay, 72-71, by hitting a pair of free throws. The Skipjacks then had two possessions in which they could have taken the lead, but one ended in a turnover and the other in Kentrell Ricketts’ shot being blocked.

Ian Persaud scored a game-high 19 points for Prince George’s and Brad Gilkes added 14 points. William Cray (18 points), Carlton Brown (17), and Jamire Davis (11) reached double figures for the Skipjacks.

Two nights earlier, Garrett built a 31-16 halftime lead. Chesapeake held the Lakers to just 16 second-half points, but never managed to draw even. The Skipjacks nearly took the lead in the final seconds when Ricketts split a pair of defenders to give his team a 4-on-2 break, but the possession ended in a turnover.

Brown scored a team-high12 points, but was the only Skipjack to reach double figures. Ricketts and Ricky Teagle scored eight and seven points, respectively.

Mo Gunn scored a game-high 20 points and Rodney Clark added 15 points for the Lakers, with the rest of the roster combining for just a dozen points.

Chesapeake hosts Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville Friday at 7 p.m.

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