Skipjacks sail to blowout win over DeVry
Bonsu’s 21 points, 13 rebounds lead the way for Chesapeake
By LYN MIDCAP
Chesapeake Website Reporter
WYE MILLSIn most cases, a basketball team strives to make the first basket - the first offensive attack - but in Friday night’s men’s game against DeVry University, Chesapeake College didn’t need the opening basket in order to make its presence known.
TheSkipjacks’ quick 11-0 run after DeVry’s opening two-pointer managed to do that just fine.
Chesapeake controlled what became a 120-78 victory throughout, never allowing the Bears to make a comeback. In a game such as this one, a major factor in the team’s win is usually a "star" player, but the Skipjacks displayed their depth as seven different players contributed with double-digit point totals.
"The whole team executed. When we do that we find easy buckets and everyone makes them," said Gamari Mayfield, who contributed with his own 10 points and seven rebounds. Mayfield characterized the consistent full-court press as a key factor in the blowout win. "Our press was pretty good; it caused their offense to slow down and allowed us to play our game and create turnovers."
Their constant attack on the offensive boards was also important, as rebounds were frequent, with leading point scorer Kevin Bonsu (21 points) creating chances off of 13 rebounds, nine of them offensive. Those offensive rebounds resulted in numerous foul shots, and the Skipjacks made a towering 33 of 41 free throws.
Drawing fouls is "always to a certain extent," part of the game plan, according to Chesapeake’s head coach, Joel Dearring. "We want the team to be in a position to generate fouls on the opponent so they have to make changes, giving us an advantage."
Chesapeake’s advantages were not only generated from massive amounts of free throws and rebounds, but also from the Skipjacks’ emphasis on driving hard to the basket. Delfawn Worrells (17 points) was an asset in this area, highlighted by a slam dunk off of an offensive rebound before halftime to make the score 55-36.
In the second half, Worrells created a steal-and-slam combination followed by yet another slam, continuing to widen the point gap as the lead reached 69-46. He broke the 100-point barrier by making two foul shots followed by you guessed it another slam.
Dearring was worried about his team’s long, two-week layoff prior to this game, "because you’re not sure if the team will be sluggish."
"But tonight," he added, "they were hungry to play. They were tired of beating up on each other."
The win came at the start of a five-day stretch in which the Skipjacks will play three games.
"Every win is important," said Dearring. "It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we have to improve. A coach knows his team after the first 10 games, and this is only the fourth for us. We are just starting to learn each other."
Chad Church scored 18 points, and Quentin Duncan added 12. Joshua Johnson and Tony Clark contributed 10 points each. Rocky Harris finished with nine points, seven assists, 5 steals, and no turnovers.
Chesapeake shared the ball offensively, finishing with 22 assists, and used 17 steals to set up an impressive transition game. Dearring whose squad played at Howard Community College Saturday night and travels to Garrett College for a Tuesday evening game indicated the Skipjacks still need to improve defensively.
"Our defense gave up too many points not playing together as a team," said Dearring. "We could have taken more charges. Defense wins championships. It’s a work in progress, but they will be ready to play when it comes down the stretch."
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