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Allegany ends Skipjacks’ hoop season
Trojans tag Chesapeake with 86-46 loss in state men’s basketball tournament

CUMBERLAND – Second-seeded Allegany College of Maryland advanced to Friday’s state men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals with an 86-46 win over Chesapeake College Tuesday night that ended the Skipjacks’ season.

Derrell Armstrong led the Trojans (17-6) with a double-double, scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the opening round of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference tournament. Marcel Chesson added 19 points and Dennis Bassich scored 11 for the winners, who jumped to a 37-19 halftime lead.

"They just played percentage basketball – they didn’t turn it over, they executed their offense and they got points in transition," Chesapeake head coach Reggie Williams said of the Trojans. "Their big guys can play, their guards can shoot, and they have a good all-around team."

Sam Sanders led the Skipjacks (6-16) with 14 points and Harrison York added 11.

Allegany, playing its first game in 12 days due to snow, ran its winning streak to eight games and improved to 12-0 at home.

"The snow has kind of shaken things up a bit. It’s hard coming back after that amount of time off," said Allegany head coach Mike Baker. "I thought we came back pretty strong against Chesapeake."

Williams, hired as the Skipjacks’ head coach just days before the start of preseason practice, said he gained an appreciation for the junior college game.

"Coming in the door I didn’t know anything about JuCo basketball," said Williams, a former Georgetown University all-American and 10-year NBA veteran. "I had no expectations – I just wanted to coach these young men and try to get the most I could out of them."

Top-seeded Cecil College, playing Tuesday night without suspended leading scorer Harold Washington, barely advanced with a 54-51 overtime victory against No. 16 Community College Baltimore County-Dundalk. Baker said Allegany’s players are hoping to see Cecil (which blanked Dundalk in overtime to reach the quarterfinals) in Sunday’s title game.

"We’d like to be able to go through our bracket and end up playing Cecil again," said Baker, whose team is 0-2 against the Seahawks this season.

Tournament Notes: Third-seeded Hagerstown Community College defeated No. 14 CCBC-Catonsville, 73-52, and fifth-seeded Frederick Community College ousted No. 12 Anne Arundel Community College, 85-78.

Fourth-seeded Garrett College had to wait until Wednesday night to play its opening-round game against No. 13 Montgomery College Rockville when that game was postponed due to inclement weather.

No. 7 Montgomery College Germantown and No. 9 Baltimore City Community College also advanced to Friday’s quarterfinal round. The biggest first-round upset was provided by No. 11 CCBC-Essex, which eliminated sixth-seeded Harford Community College, 86-80.

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