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Skipjacks finally experience a happy ending
PSC’s Schwengel misses tying free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining

WYE MILLS – Finally, the Skipjacks were able to experience a happy ending.

Chesapeake College – which lost to CCBC-Catonsville on a buzzer-beating shot and to Mercer County in double overtime – pulled out a 68-67 men’s basketball victory Friday night over Potomac State College when PSC’s Mike Schwengel missed the second of two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining. Schwengel’s miss came after Chesapeake head coach Reggie Williams used his final timeout right before the shot in an attempt to freeze Schwengel.

"We needed that one," said Williams, whose Skipjacks snapped a five-game losing streak. "I’ve been telling the guys we have to play smarter down the stretch in games. For the most part, we played very smart at the end against Potomac State."

Chesapeake (2-5 overall, 1-0 Region XX) rolled to a 38-28 halftime lead as Rockeem Harris scored 21 of his game-high 28 points before the break. Potomac State came back to take a five-point, second-half lead, but the Skipjacks responded with a rally of their own.

Harris put Chesapeake ahead to stay when he hit two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to give the Skipjacks a 67-66 lead. PSC (4-6, 1-3) turned the ball over with eight seconds remaining, then intentionally fouled Chesapeake’s Justin Mayes a second later.

Mayes (11 points) hit the second of two free throws to stretch Chesapeake’s lead to 68-66. Schwengel tried to tie the game, dribbling past Josh Owens and pulling up for a jumper that missed as Owens fouled him with 0.2 seconds remaining.

Schwengel made the first free throw, leading Williams to call his final timeout.

"I was just trying to make him think about it," said Williams.

The strategy worked – barely. Schwengel’s second shot went halfway down the cylinder and came out to seal Chesapeake’s win.

Sam Sanders (15 points) joined Harris and Mayes in double figures for the Skipjacks. Dalee Cromwell, who scored 26 points, was the only Catamount to reach double digits.

Williams said the Skipjacks are showing improvement.

"Rocky (Harris) played pretty well – he controlled the ball a lot better, protected the ball on his way to the basket and hit his jump shots," said Williams. "Sam started coming around in the Southern Maryland game (an 82-51 loss on Wednesday). He’s not rushing his shot or taking bad shots."

The Skipjacks host Allegany College of Maryland (5-4, 3-0) Monday at 7 p.m. in a match-up of the last two NJCAA Region I Division XX champions. Allegany won last year’s title after Chesapeake, in its straight Region XX title game, won the 2008 crown.

The Allegany and Chesapeake women’s teams open a doubleheader by playing Monday’s 5 p.m. contest.

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