BCCC bounces ’Jacks from state tournament
Panthers finish wild win with game-ending, 8-0 scoring spree
BALTIMORE Joel Dearring said Chesapeake College’s offense was "a thing of beauty" for most of Tuesday’s men’s basketball state tournament opener at Baltimore City Community College.
Unfortunately, things got a little bit ugly for the Skipjacks down the stretch and that cost Chesapeake (10-16) a spot in the quarterfinals of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference tournament.
Seventh-seeded BCCC (18-9) used an 8-0 run in the game’s final 84 seconds to pull out a wild, 113-107 victory over the 10th-seeded Skipjacks (10-16). Micah Fraction, who scored a career-high 46 points, sank the tying free throws with 1:24 left and then hit the go-ahead layup with 48 seconds remaining as the Panthers avoided the upset.
"We just didn’t execute offensively down the stretch," said Dearring, whose team let a 12-point, second-half lead slip away. "We made too many mistakes and just lost control of the game."
D.J. Nicholson poured in 35 points for the Skipjacks, including a 25-point first half that allowed Chesapeake to take a 54-48 lead into the break. Nicholson shot 11-of-22 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from the 3-point line.
Jimmie Jenkins (17 points) and Ryan Waters (11 points) each had 17 rebounds while registering double-doubles. Louis Simpson scored 18 points, Matt Jackson added 15 and Rod Pegram contributed 10 as six Skipjacks reached double figures.
Brandon Bell (17 points) and Kenny Bey-Brown (14 points) joined the explosive Fraction in double figures for the Panthers, who advanced to a quarterfinal meeting with second-seeded Frederick Community College (20-5).
Despite a seven-game losing streak, Dearring said he and his team are ready for next week’s NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament at Hagerstown Community College.
"We’ve been competitive in most games this season, including nearly all the games against Division II rivals," said Dearring. "We’ll be ready to go next week."
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