Skipjacks rally past Allegany
Defense, Worrells lead way to first win over Trojans since ’08
WYE MILLS When Chesapeake College beats Allegany College of Maryland, it usually means the Skipjacks are in the midst of a pretty special men’s basketball season. Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring certainly hopes that is the case this year in the wake of Wednesday’s 72-69 win over the visiting Trojans.
"It was a good win for us," said Dearring, whose team improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference. "Any time you can defeat one of the top teams . . . it lets you know you can be a top team, too."
Chesapeake went more than a quarter-century between wins over Allegany before beating the Trojans twice in the 2007-08 season on the way to a Region XX championship. The Skipjacks hadn’t beaten Allegany since then, losing three straight until Wednesday night’s win handed the Trojans (2-6, 2-1) their first league loss of the season.
The Skipjacks, known much more for their offense, pulled off Wednesday’s win with some inspired defense. Chesapeake which had allowed 63 second-half points in a loss to Garrett College in its previous game held the Trojans to 69 total points and overcame a 32-28 halftime deficit to post the victory.
"We worked them (the Skipjacks) hard after the Garrett game," said Dearring. "They came out against Allegany and wanted to compete."
Delfawn Worrells provided a huge second-half boost for the Skipjacks, scoring 17 of his team-high 20 points after the break. He had six of Chesapeake’s eight 3-pointers and came up with two huge defensive plays down the stretch.
"Delfawn really gave us a big lift," said Dearring. "He hit some big shots and also picked us up on defense."
Dearring also praised the work of point guard Rocky Harris, who finished with 11 points and six assists.
"Rocky’s floor leadership was very special," said Dearring.
Sam Sanders (14 points, five rebounds, four assists), Gamari Mayfield (11 points, eight rebounds), and Chad Church (10 points) joined Worrells and Harris in double figures for Chesapeake.
Darrion Tillman did his best to keep the Trojans in the game, scoring 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. Darnell Turner added 12 points while Casey Roberts, Sam Dale and Ricky Mosley contributed eight each for Allegany.
Chesapeake plays at Montgomery College/Takoma Park (5-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. and hosts the Washington College junior varsity next Monday at 7 p.m.
Notes: Hagerstown Community College (8-1), College of Southern Maryland (6-3), and Cecil College (5-3) are the last unbeatens in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference with identical 3-0 marks. Chesapeake, Allegany, Baltimore City (5-2), and CCBC-Essex (4-3) are all one game behind with 2-1 conference records. . . .
Dr. Ed Baker, John Mappas and now Dearring are the only Chesapeake College coaches to have beaten Allegany over the last 40 years. Dr. Baker’s 1973-74 squad split with Allegany as the two teams split the state title, and Mappas’ 2007-08 team beat the Trojans in both the regular season and the Region XX tournament.
"That’s pretty good company to keep," said Dearring.
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