Loaded Hagerstown holds off Skipjacks
Melton scores game-high 23 points;’Jacks narrow gap against region rival
WYE MILLS If Hagerstown Community College’s men’s basketball team is the yardstick, then the Skipjacks are getting measurably better.
Hagerstown ran all over Chesapeake College during a 112-83 victory in November, but Friday’s rematch showed the gap between the teams is dramatically shrinking. The Hawks (15-3 overall, 8-1 Maryland JuCo) had to come from behind in the closing minutes to pull out a 90-86 victory.
Chesapeake head coach John Mappas noted his team’s improvement against a top Region XX rival, but he isn’t big on moral victories.
"We played well, particularly offensively, but you’ve still got to win," said Mappas, whose team has lost five games this month but four by a total of eight points. "We gave them too many open looks and they can shoot the ball."
K’yan Andrews scored a team-high 19 points to lead Hagerstown. Isaiah Hill (16 points), Amaurys Fermin (14), and Jeremy Myers (13) joined Andrews in double figures.
Chesapeake’s Isadore Melton scored a game-high 23 points, Jamire Davis added 20 and Carlton Brown scored 13. William Cray (nine points), Ricky Teagle (eight), Darnell Malabet (seven), Deontah Cutler (three), and Kentrell Ricketts (two) also reached the scoring column for the Skipjacks, who lost their third straight.
Mappas indicated the Skipjacks are losing the close games at the end for specific reasons.
"When the game is on the line, you have to defend and you have to rebound," said Mappas. "Right now we don’t do those things well and until we start doing them better, we’re not going to win any close games."
Cecil College 99, Chesapeake College 74
WYE MILLS Will Sanborn scored a game-high 30 points, all on 3-pointers, and teammate Omar Strong hit seven treys on the way to 23 points Wednesday night as the unbeaten Seahawks hit 22 shots from behind the 3-point line.
Darius Clark (four 3-pointers) scored 16 points and Antonio Hayman added 15 for the Seahawks (17-0, 8-0). Cecil is currently ranked second in the nation in NJCAA Division II.
Carlton Brown scored a team-high 19 points, Cory Kirby added 14 points and William Cray contributed 13 points for the Skipjacks, who trailed only 36-32 at the half. Ricky Teagle chipped in eight points while Kentrell Ricketts (six) Isadore Melton and Jamire Davis (five points each), and Darnell Malabet (four) also scored for the Skipjacks.
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