Shoremen hold off Chesapeake on Hetzel’s free throw
Skipjacks erase late, eight-point deficit before Washington College JV triumphs
WYE MILLS If this ending seemed familiar, that’s because it was.
James Hetzel’s free throw with 2.0 seconds remaining Monday night lifted Washington College’s junior varsity men’s basketball team over host Chesapeake College, 56-55. That marked the third time this season the Skipjacks (6-14) had lost at home on a shot in the final two seconds and that doesn’t even count a home overtime loss to Mercer County College.
"A couple of plays here and a couple of plays there . . . it’s been a tough year for things like that," said first-year Chesapeake head coach Reggie Williams, whose team has lost six straight games. "They’re young, they haven’t played a lot at the college level, and they’ve still got to learn how to win."
Chesapeake trailed throughout, but created a 55-55 tie with an 8-0 run climaxed by Mike Turner’s baseline jumper with 1:15 remaining. Turner’s shot his only basket of the second half rattled around the rim before falling in to create the game’s first tie since 2-2.
"I was hoping it was going in it was rolling around a lot, so I was a little skeptical about it," said Turner.
The game came down to one last possession for both teams with Washington College head coach Jonathan Webb calling a play for Hetzel on the Shoremen’s last possession.
"We wanted to isolate him on the wing and have him try to make a play," said Webb.
Hetzel (10 points) and Turner collided under the basket, with Turner called for a block. Hetzel missed his first free throw, but sank the second to give the Shoremen a 56-55 advantage.
Chesapeake then advanced the ball to halfcourt, calling timeout with 1.6 seconds remaining. Sam Sanders (10 points) got a look at a wing jumper at the buzzer, but it was partially blocked by Charlie McShane (10 points) to end the game.
"The kids played hard," said Webb after Washington College evened its record at 1-1. "We knew we had to be good defensively. They (the Skipjacks) made a run at the end, but our kids found a way to win."
Washington College enjoyed double-digit leads in both halves only to have the Skipjacks use runs to get back in the game.
Chesapeake pulled within 37-36 with a 10-2, second-half spurt climaxed by a Justin Mays jumper off an offensive rebound. The Shoremen, however, responded with a 12-0 run that included two baskets each from Chris Soper (team-high 14 points) and Tony Hawkins (eight points) to seemingly take command.
Trailing 55-47, Mays (11 points) started Chesapeake’s 8-0 run with a jumper in the lane and Rockeem Harris (game-high 19 points) scored consecutive transition layups to pull the Skipjacks within two points. That set the stage for Turner’s game-tying basket and Hetzel’s game-winning free throw.
Notes: Ryan Kearney (11 points) joined Soper, Hetzel and McShane in double figures for the Shoremen. . . . Chesapeake travels to Howard Community College Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game and hosts Frederick Community College Friday at 7 p.m.
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