Second chances, big second half spark Trojans
Chesapeake College can’t contain Allegany’s 6-foot-8 Brackett
WYE MILLS The Trojans believe in second chances at least for themselves.
Allegany College of Maryland scored half its points in a game-turning, 16-5 run off second-chance shots Monday night in an 87-64 men’s basketball victory over host Chesapeake College. Trojan Aaron Brackett made 8-of-9 field-goal attempts including five put-backs on the way to a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way.
"That’s typical of us," said Allegany head coach Mike Baker after his squad collected nearly half their rebounds (23 of 49) off the offensive boards. The 6-foot-8 Brackett pulled down six offensive rebounds.
Chesapeake, which trailed at the half, 26-25, opened the second half with a Josh Owens transition layup to take a 27-26 lead. That’s when the Trojans (6-4 overall, 4-0 Maryland JuCo) answered with their 16-5 run to take command of the game.
Derrell Armstrong scored on a driving layup and 6-6 forward Troy Vasco scored on a follow shot to give the Trojans a 30-27 lead. Rockeem Harris tied the game with a 3-pointer, but Brackett answered with a tip-in that gave the Trojans the lead for good, 32-30, with 17:47 remaining.
"That’s our Achilles heel," said Chesapeake head coach Reggie Williams, who has just one starter 6-5 Josh Owens taller than 6-2. "We need guys to box out and rebound."
Allegany pushed the lead to double digits at 42-32 when Brackett hit two free throws after an offensive rebound with 15:16 remaining. The Skipjacks pulled within eight points on four occasions, the last time at 50-42 on a pair of Owens free throws, before the Trojans broke the game open with a 17-7 run that included two more Brackett follow shots.
Sam Sanders led the Skipjacks (2-6, 0-3) with a game-high 26 points, including 15 in the second half. Harris (13 points) and Owens (11 points) joined Sanders in double figures.
Marcel Chesson (15 points), Vasco (13) and Dennis Bassich (12) also reached double digits for Allegany, while Armstrong and Jay Burke added eight each.
The Skipjacks host Prince George’s Community College Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
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