Skipjacks head into break on winning note
Chesapeake College men beat PG by sharing the offensive wealth
WYE MILLS It wasn’t how many points Chesapeake College scored in Wednesday night’s 80-68 men’s basketball victory over Prince George’s Community College that impressed Reggie Williams. It was how his Skipjacks did it that put a smile on their coach’s face.
"When we score points it’s usually on a lot of one-on-one," said Williams. "This game was the first time we shared the basketball."
Williams used the play of point guard Rockeem Harris as an example of the Skipjacks’ new-found team concept. Harris scored 17 points, but his head coach was more pleased by his eight assists.
"That’s what we need him to be doing breaking down defenses and looking for the open man," said Williams.
The Skipjacks (3-6 overall, 1-3 Maryland JuCo) won for the second time in three games heading into a three-week holiday break. Williams said he’s pleased with the team’s progress, especially since they were potentially two plays away from heading into the break with a winning record.
"With a couple of breaks we could have had a couple more wins," said Williams, referring to a last-second loss to CCBC-Catonsville and a double-overtime setback against Mercer County Community College.
Three teammates joined Harris in double figures and pulled down at least eight rebounds each. Sam Sanders (nine rebounds) poured in a team-high 27 points, Justin Mays (eight rebounds) contributed 15 points, and Josh Owens posted a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.
Williams said Owens’ play was an example of less actually being more.
"I’d been playing Josh a lot of minutes, but I was finally able to get him some rest against PG," said Williams, whose team overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit. "It made for a fresher Josh down the stretch."
Williams said the balanced scoring, team approach to rebounding, and improved defense were all things the Skipjacks should be able to build upon.
"When you play tough defense and rebound, then you can look for the fast break," said Williams. "A lot of guys have been rushing trying to score, but everyone finally relaxed."
PG fell to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference with the loss.
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