Rockville’s second-half run stops Skipjacks
Knights break open close game after intermission at Verizon
WASHINGTON, D.C. It was a memorable experience with a less-than-memorable result for the Skipjacks and their fans who made the trip.
Chesapeake College played Saturday’s men’s basketball game against Montgomery College Rockville at the Verizon Center in front of family, friends and college staff. After a first half that featured eight lead changes, Rockville used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take command of what became a 95-81 victory.
"I think it was a good opportunity for our kids to experience a game on that sort of stage," said Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring. "When they get to their four-year institutions, they will be competing in this type of a facility."
Rockville, which had a 41-40 halftime edge, was nursing a 53-50 lead when the Knights put together their 12-0 scoring spree. Bobby Baelais (10 points) had the first four points of the run, including a 3-pointer, and Ennis Whatley Jr. (game-high 24 points) had the final three baskets as Rockville built a 65-50 advantage.
The Skipjacks, meanwhile, missed five layups or follow shots during Rockville’s game-turning spurt as Chesapeake (7-9) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
Jimmie Jenkins led the Skipjacks with 23 points. Matthew Jackson (17 points), D.J. Nicholson (11) and Louis Simpson (10) also reached double figures for Chesapeake.
Manny Ogunfolu (22 points) scored eight points as the Knights twice blew out to early, 10-point leads, the last time at 19-9 on a Josh Myers basket off an offensive rebound. Chesapeake, however, responded with a 16-5 run, taking its first lead on a Nicholson jumper with 9:13 remaining in the first half.
Nicholson’s hoop provided the first of the eight lead changes before halftime, the last coming on Raouf Osman’s 3-pointer with 3:21 left in the half. Erick Satchell II (18 points) followed that with a three-point play off a drive down the lane, giving Rockville a 41-36 lead. The Skipjacks, however, pulled within 41-40 at the break on a pair of back-door layups by Louis Simpson.
Rockville’s non-conference win avenged last month’s loss at Chesapeake. Last month’s game counted in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference standings.
The Skipjacks will host Garrett College Monday at 4 p.m. in the second half of a doubleheader. Chesapeake’s women’s team will play Garrett’s women’s squad in the 2 p.m. opener.
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