Skipjacks rally to edge Howard in opener
Dearring wins debut as Chesapeake erases 18-point halftime deficit
WYE MILLS Joel Dearring is unlikely to forget his debut as Chesapeake College’s head men’s basketball coach.
He’d probably like to forget the first half of Tuesday night’s contest, which ended with Howard Community College holding a 43-25 advantage. The Skipjacks, however, exploded for 49 second-half points and then held on for an 84-82 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference victory.
"Thank goodness there are two halves," said Dearring after the Skipjacks survived Brian Williams’ three-point miss at the buzzer to secure the win. "We’ve got a young team, but our guys didn’t panic."
Jeff Holmes and Matthew Jackson, who scored 16 points each to pace the Skipjacks, combined for 25 second-half points to fuel Chesapeake’s comeback. Holmes is the only sophomore on Chesapeake’s freshman-dominated roster.
"That was the first college game for almost the entire roster," noted Dearring, who indicated the slow start may have been caused by first-game jitters.
Desma Nicholson, who finished with 15 points, scored 12 in the first half to keep Chesapeake within striking distance. Jimmie Jenkins and Ryan Waters added 13 and 12 points, respectively, as five Skipjacks hit double figures.
"My philosophy has always been you don’t need a 40-point scorer if you’ve got a lot of players who can come in and contribute," said Dearring.
Five players also reached double digits for Howard, led by Donnell Parker’s 14 points. Brant O’Brien had 13 points, Angelo Adon scored 12, and both Williams and Quonte Newton scored 10 each.
The Skipjacks host Community College Baltimore County-Essex Saturday at 1 p.m. in another game that counts in both the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference and Region XX Division II standings.
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