Maybank drives Pioneers past Chesapeake
Sophomore forward’s lay-up in closing seconds completes AACC comeback
WYE MILLS Kendrick Maybank wasn’t the first option, but he still managed to improvise the game-winning layup Monday night as Anne Arundel Community College rallied for a 65-64 men’s basketball victory at Chesapeake College.
Maybank scored off a drive down the line with 9.2 seconds remaining as the Pioneers (13-3 overall, 6-1 Maryland JuCo) completed their comeback from a 16-point, second-half deficit. Chesapeake (6-10, 2-5) then had a chance to pull out the win, but Ricky Teagle lost the ball in a crowd at the top of the circle as the clock ran out.
"We called a play for our big fella (6-foot-10 center Michael Mongelluzzo), but he was being overplayed," Maybank said of the game-winning play. "I just popped off a screen and went to the hole aggressively."
While Maybank wasn’t the first option on the play, AACC head coach Tom Smith wasn’t displeased to see the ball end up in his hands.
"He’s our leading scorer," Smith said of Maybank, who finished with a game-high 19 points. "Once the court spreads, he’s an excellent one-on-one player because of his great body control."
Chesapeake, 90-76 losers to Anne Arundel earlier this season, slowed the tempo and held the Pioneers to 36 points over the game’s first 30 minutes. The Skipjacks, however, ran out of defensive answers over the final 10 minutes as Maybank and Kevin Coates (12 points) split 16 points to help erase a 52-36 deficit.
"Turnovers down the stretch hurt us, and I didn’t see the same defensive intensity over the last 10 minutes that we showed through the first 30," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas.
Dylan Ritson (10 points) nailed a 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds remaining to pull the Pioneers within 62-61. Coates then hit a jumper with 35 seconds left to give Anne Arundel its first lead of the second half, 63-62, but Chesapeake regained the lead on Teagle’s baseline jumper with 27 seconds remaining.
The Skipjacks knocked the ball out of bounds under the Pioneers’ basket with 16.3 seconds left, setting the stage for Maybank’s game-winner.
Michael Dixon was Anne Arundel’s fourth double-digit scorer with 11 points. Teagle (12 rebounds, three assists), Carlton Brown, and Jamire Davis scored 15 points each for the Skipjacks.
Isadore Melton added eight points for the Skipjacks.
Notes: Anne Arundel’s win over the Skipjacks earlier this season counted as the teams’ league meeting. Monday night’s game was officially a non-league contest.
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