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’Jacks pull out another OT miracle
Chesapeake College erases 7-point deficit in final 54 seconds of regulation

WYE MILLS – The extraordinary is becoming ordinary for the Skipjacks.

Chesapeake College erased a seven-point deficit in the final 54 seconds of regulation Saturday night against the College of Southern Maryland, paving the way for an 86-82 overtime triumph. The dramatic comeback came just three days after the Skipjacks scored the final nine points of overtime to beat Baltimore City Community College, 75-74.

The Skipjacks (9-15 overall, 5-10 league) overcame an 11-point halftime deficit as Darnell Malabet scored all 17 of his points after intermission. Their win clinched no worse than the fifteenth seed in next week’s Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference state tournament, leaving CSM battling Harford Community College to avoid the sixteenth seed and a first-round contest against top-seeded and undefeated Cecil College.

"I called this ’The Don’t Play Cecil Game,’ " said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas regarding the importance of Saturday’s contest.

The visiting Hawks (9-15, 3-11) seemed to have avoided that dreaded matchup with Cecil, taking a 75-68 lead with less than a minute remaining. That’s when Mappas put the Skipjacks into a full-court zone press that forced four turnovers and keyed an 8-1 run capped by Malabet’s game-tying, three-point play.

"In scouting Southern Maryland, I saw that they had trouble with zone presses," said Mappas. "That’s why I put it in Friday at practice."

Four different Skipjacks scored in overtime to complete Chesapeake’s comeback from a 41-30 halftime deficit.

Carlton Brown scored a team-high 18 points for Chesapeake while William Cray added 16 points and 15 rebounds. Kentrell Ricketts was the fourth Skipjack in double figures with 14 points, and Jamire Davis had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Cory Kirby had six points while Ricky Teagle, Deontah Cutler and Isadore Melton added two points each.

Saquan Brown scored a game-high 19 points for the Hawks. Teammates LaRon Mann and Byron Morgan added 14 points each, and Brandon Jarmon scored 13.

Chesapeake has an opportunity to further improve its playoff position Wednesday when the Skipjacks play a 7 p.m. contest at Frederick Community College. FCC currently has six league wins, a mark Chesapeake can equal with a win over the Cougars. The first tie-breaker for state tournament seeding is head-to-head competition.

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