’Jacks take on No. 2 Allegany in state tourney opener
Chesapeake hopes to hand Trojans first home loss of the season Tuesday night
CUMBERLAND Chesapeake College, seeded 15th, will open the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference state men’s basketball tournament Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at second-seeded Allegany College of Maryland.
Allegany (16-6 overall, 10-2 league) handed the Skipjacks (6-15, 2-10) an 87-64 regular-season loss and that loss was at Chesapeake. Allegany is unbeaten (11-0) at home this season, including a 77-74 win over Hagerstown that gave the Trojans the second seed behind regular-season champion Cecil College (19-2, 13-1).
Garrett College (15-9, 9-5) is seeded fourth.
Reggie Williams, Chesapeake’s first-year head coach, realizes his team faces a daunting challenge.
"It will be difficult. We’re still kind of short-handed," said Williams, who is now using four of the college’s baseball players to round out his team. "We’re just going to try to do the best we can.
"We have to do the things I preached about all season play defense, rebound, and take quality shots," added Williams. "We also want to slow the tempo down some and get back in transition."
Williams said the Skipjacks can compete if the team’s main scorers guards Sam Sanders, Justin Mays, and Rockeem Harris can carry the offensive load with everyone else pitching in.
"If we rebound and play good defense, we could win with those three having big games but those three have to be on and we need to get something from Mike (Turner)," said Williams.
The eight first-round winners in the tournament advanced to the state’s version of the Elite Eight, which will take place at Prince George’s Community College Friday through Sunday. The Allegany-Chesapeake winner will take on the winner of the matchup between seventh-seeded Montgomery College Germantown and No. 10 Howard in a 3 p.m. quarterfinal on Friday.
Chesapeake reached the 2008 state title game on its way to an eventual Region XX championship. Last year, the Skipjacks lost in the first round of the state tournament.
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