Church helps Chesapeake hold off AACC
Coach asks fans to flock to Friday’s game against Baltimore City
WYE MILLS The Skipjacks remain unbeaten at home this season and their head coach hopes fans will help his men’s basketball team stay that way.
"The crowd was wonderful tonight," said Joel Dearring after his Skipjacks beat Anne Arundel Community College, 78-73, Wednesday night to move to 6-0 at home. "We really need that kind of support Friday night (7 p.m.) when we host Baltimore City (Community College). That’s a big game for us."
The Skipjacks (9-6 overall, 4-4 league) got back to .500 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference as Chad Church scored 15 points and hauled in 19 rebounds against Anne Arundel (9-10, 4-4). Rocky Harris scored a team-high 16 points, William Gilmore had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists, and Akanni Salako chipped in 14 points for the Skipjacks.
Chesapeake moved into a tie for eighth place in the state standings with Anne Arundel and Howard Community College and the Skipjacks own the tiebreaker over both thanks to wins over both teams.
"One of our goals is to host a first-round state tournament game," said Dearring, noting the top eight teams will host those first-round contests.
The Skipjacks face a much bigger challenge Friday night against BCCC (14-6, 8-2), which has won four straight overall and six consecutive Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contests. While Hagerstown (16-3, 10-0) and Cecil (16-4, 10-1) are running first and second, respectively, in the state, Baltimore City is the only other team with less than three league losses.
Dearring was encouraged by his team’s performance against the Pioneers.
"We played better defense and we showed more poise than we had in the past several games," said Dearring, whose team nearly blew a nine-point lead in the final 23 seconds in its previous game against CCBC-Dundalk. "And now we have a series of games that are important to us for state (tournament) seeding."
Kevin Eaglin scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Pioneers. Eaglin is the state’s third-leading scorer at 19.1 points per game.
Chesapeake had a 36-33 halftime lead.
Notes: Several Skipjacks are among the state leaders in multiple offensive categories. Kevin Bonsu is ninth in field-goal percentage (58 percent), Delfawn Worrells is sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage (46 percent), and Gamari Mayfield is sixth in rebounding (8.9 per game). Teammates William Gilmore (5.4) and Rocky Harris (4.9) are seventh and ninth, respectively, in assists per game.
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