Chesapeake men stun Lakers in overtime
Skipjacks rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit
WYE MILLS There’s nothing like a little halftime lecture from Mom to get a player going.
"Mom came over and said, ’You’d better get it together or it’s going to be a long ride home,’ " said D.J. Nicholson, who scored 34 of his 37 points after intermission Monday afternoon as Chesapeake College rallied for a 99-96 overtime victory against Garrett College.
Nicholson, who tied the college’s men’s basketball record with nine 3-pointers, had plenty of help as the Skipjacks rallied from a 16-point, second-half deficit.
Jimmie Jenkins (24 points, seven rebounds, five assists, four steals) and Matthew Jackson (13 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals) did a little bit of everything. Louis Simpson added 13 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime, and Ryan Waters scored his only points on a 3-pointer that finally drew the Skipjacks even down the stretch in regulation.
"When Ryan knocked down that shot, they actually started thinking we could win the game," said Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring, who drew up the play for Waters and then saw his confidence rewarded.
Garrett (10-6 overall, 4-4 Maryland JuCo) scored the first 12 points of the second half to build a seemingly secure, 50-34 cushion. That’s when the Skipjacks (8-9, 5-4) finally found their shot from 3-point range, nailing a dozen second-half treys. Nicholson hit eight of his nine in the second half while four other Skipjacks Alphonso Kemp, Jackson, Jenkins and Waters also scored from long range.
"We stuck to the system," said Jackson of the Skipjacks’ continued allegiance to their 3-point shooting even when it wasn’t paying off. "We kept moving the ball around and eventually it worked for us."
Waters’ 3-pointer, with 1:11 remaining in regulation, created an 86-86 tie.
"Ryan Waters may have only had three points, but he had the biggest 3-pointer of the game," said Chesapeake assistant coach Allen Mitchell.
It stayed tied until Jenkins buried a pair of free throws with 13.2 seconds remaining in regulation for Chesapeake’s first lead since the early minutes of the first half.
Garrett’s Frank Holloway scored on a running jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining in regulation to create an 88-88 tie, and Simpson missed a long shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Holloway (team-high 23 points) hit a baseline jumper to give Garrett a 90-88 lead, but Simpson sank a 3-pointer from the corner to put Chesapeake in front to stay, 91-90. Jenkins scored on a driving layup and Nicholson hit 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch, the final four in the last 20 seconds of overtime, to keep the Skipjacks in front. Chesapeake survived missed 3-pointers by both Holloway and Joe Dubuche (17 points) in the final five seconds to notch the win.
"It’s a big win. They’ve beaten some of the top teams in the area," said Nicholson of Garrett, which has victories against state powers Allegany College and Hagerstown Community College this season.
Kory Gibson (22 points) and Callum Jenkins (15 points) joined Holloway and Dubuche in double figures for the Lakers.
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