’Jacks erase 15-point deficit, top Catonsville
Bench, pressing defense, loud home crowd key opening victory
WYE MILLS They didn’t start the game, but they started both the second half and a huge comeback in Chesapeake College’s season-opening men’s basketball contest.
Delfawn Worrells, Chadwick Church, Garmari Mayfield, William Gilmore, and Phillip Harris got the second-half nod and made the most of it Wednesday night, helping the Skipjacks overcome a 15-point halftime deficit on the way to an 85-81 victory over visiting CCBC-Catonsville.
"The bench really sparked us," said Chesapeake assistant coach Allen Mitchell. "They really pressed effectively and that got us back in the game."
Worrells (nine rebounds, four assists, two steals) led the comeback, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the second half. Church added 14 points, Mayfield had a team-high 11 rebounds and drew two late-game charges, and Gilmore finished with nine points and four assists.
While the press and the bench played big roles in the win, Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring said the home crowd also had a hand in the victory.
"The crowd was nice," said Dearring, Chesapeake’s second-year head coach. "When we made our run, the ’Peake was rocking. The fans were really uplifting to us."
Forward Sam Sanders, one of only two sophomores on Chesapeake’s roster, scored 10 of his 14 points after halftime to help fuel the comeback.
The Skipjacks’ performance was spotty in places 26 turnovers and only 17-of-28 free throws made but Dearring couldn’t fault his team’s effort, particularly after halftime.
"The difference was like night and day," Dearring said of his team’s performance in the two halves. "That’s why they play 40 minutes. Our guys never got down and never quit."
Kevin Jackson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center who scored a team-high 16 points, combined with Eston Stanley and Mikail Hernandez to score 26 first-half points for the Cardinals, but totaled just six in the second half. Tyrone Smothers scored 15 points and Willie Kee had 11 to join Jackson in double figures while Stanley, Hernandez and Chevon Giles added eight each.
Chesapeake travels to Catonsville this weekend to play in the Cardinals’ mixer. The Skipjacks play Northern Virginia Community College Friday at 5 p.m. and Niagara Community College Saturday at 1 p.m. in the four-team event.
NJCAA Division II Region XX tournament
LA PLATA The seventh-seeded Skipjacks have a tall order of business in this weekend’s NJCAA Region XX tournament.
Chesapeake (8-13) plays in a four-team pool Saturday with second-seeded Maryland JuCo champion Hagerstown Community College (22-7), third-seeded College of Southern Maryland (12-12) and sixth-seeded CCBC-Essex (10-17). Chesapeake lost four matches and 11 of 12 games to the three teams.
The top two teams in each pool advance to Sunday’s Final Four. The other pool features top-seeded Potomac State College, fourth-seeded CCBC-Catonsville and fifth-seeded Allegany College of Maryland.
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