CSM pulls out wild win over Skipjacks
Baker cooks up winning three-point play in waning seconds
LA PLATA Sedric Baker scored a game-high 25 points, including a tie-breaking, three-point play with 6.7 seconds remaining, Monday night to lift the College of Southern Maryland to a 109-106 men’s basketball victory over Chesapeake College.
Chesapeake’s Rocky Harris had created a 106-106 tie moments earlier with a layup that completed the Skipjacks’ comeback from a 14-point deficit. The Skipjacks had one more chance after Baker’s three-point play, but the Hawks used a double-team to force Harris into a turnover to seal CSM’s victory.
"It was almost like a playoff game out there," Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring said of the atmosphere. "A ballgame like that can only help us when we get to the playoffs."
Dearring said the game which featured 11 double-digit scorers and 17 successful 3-pointers seemed to be appreciated by those in attendance.
"The fans loved it. I can’t say from our standpoint we were real happy about it," said Dearring.
Baker, Ryan Vanderwest and Brian Dixon combined for 71 points for CSM as Vanderwest and Dixon scored 23 each for the Hawks (13-7 overall, 7-4 Maryand JuCo). CSM made 18-of-22 free throws, with Baker (8-for-9) shooting more free throws than the entire Chesapeake College roster (5-for-8).
Sam Sanders scored a team-high 22 points for Chesapeake as six Skipjacks reached double figures. Harris, Gamari Mayfield, and Delfawn Worrells each scored 18 points for the Skipjacks, while Chad Church added 11 and Akanni Salako had 10.
Church and Harris each scored 11 second-half points, while Mayfield and Worrells each had 10 after intermission as the Skipjacks (9-8, 4-6) work to erase a 57-50 halftime deficit.
Brandon Teston scored 15 points and Franklin Johnson had 12 for CSM to join Baker, Vanderwest and Dixon in double figures. Johnson scored all 12 of his points on four second-half 3-pointers while Vanderwest had 14 second-half points.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game because they’ve been playing very well. That’s the best-shooting Southern Maryland team I’ve seen in a long time," said Dearring.
Chesapeake dropped to 3-7 in road games.
"I’d love to have the state and region tournament at Chesapeake, but that’s not happening this year," said Dearring. "so we’ve got to go out and learn to win on the road."
The Skipjacks host CCBC-Essex Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Essex (9-10, 6-5) has won three straight, including a 106-98 victory over CSM. Chesapeake, meanwhile, is 6-1 at home this season.
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