Depleted Skipjacks beat CSM behind Bannister
Chesapeake wins without injured starters Nicholson and Wooten
WYE MILLS The injuries are piling up for the Skipjacks.
Ironically, so are the wins.
Chesapeake College (3-4) defeated the College of Southern Maryland, 84-78, Tuesday night to improve to 2-0 in Maryland JuCo men’s basketball and 3-1 in Region XX. Dasheek Bannister scored a game-high 25 points to pace the Skipjacks, who played without injured starters D.J. Nicholson and Devon Wooten.
Bannister, playing just his second game of the year, led four Skipjacks in double figures. Seven of Chesapeake’s eight players scored at least eight points as the Skipjacks rallied from a seven-point deficit late in the first half to win for the second time in three games.
"We all know everyone on our team can score," said Bannister. "When we move the ball around and find each other, we get a lot of open shots."
Patric Bridges-Jenkins (team-high nine rebounds) scored 11 points while Jeff Holmes (seven rebounds, team-high 10 assists) and Ryan Waters (five rebounds) added 10 points each for Chesapeake. Darnell Harris and Matthew Jackson each scored nine points and Jimmie Jenkins added eight points, six rebounds, and five assists.
That offensive depth is coming in handy, particularly with Nicholson who is averaging more than 30 points per game this season out at least another three weeks due to a broken thumb on his left hand. Wooten, the team’s starting center, is out dealing with the effects of a concussion, while Jimmy Miller has a broken right hand.
"Everyone is playing hard," said Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring, whose team stayed even with state power Hagerstown Community College into the second half despite dressing only seven players in Monday’s 106-81 loss. "And the defense played much better tonight."
Southern Maryland built a 34-27 lead before Bannister scored 11 points in the final 2:12 of the first half. That scoring spree, which included a trio of treys, sparked a 14-3 spurt that gave Chesapeake a 41-37 halftime cushion.
That spurt was part of a 26-5 run that extended into the second half.
Bannister knocked down a 3-pointer to open the second half, Jackson hit a pair of free throws and Holmes scored on a baseline layup as the Skipjacks built a 48-37 cushion. A three-point play by Jackson and a Harris layup extended the Skipjacks’ lead to 53-39.
CSM, however, refused to go away. The Hawks pulled within 68-63 when Brandon Webb (team-high 18 points) hit both ends of a one-and-one with 7:01 remaining. Chesapeake twice extended the lead back to nine points, but a pair of layups by James Black got the Hawks within 78-75 with 35.2 seconds remaining.
The Skipjacks then went for the jugular, with Jenkins hitting Waters with a length-of-the-court lob that Waters converted into a three-point play. Chesapeake locked up the win at the line as Holmes sank both ends of a one-and-one and Waters split a pair of free throws for an 84-75 lead.
Craig Gaylord scored 14 points for the Hawks while teammates Aaron Gwynn and Clenso Brannon added 11 each and Ryan VanderWest scored 10.
The Skipjacks, 3-2 at home this season but 0-2 on the road, play at Anne Arundel Community College Monday, Baltimore City Community College Wednesday, and Prince George’s Community College Friday.
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