Skipjacks’ strong second half stops G’town
Harris bomb right before break harbinger of things to come
WYE MILLS The shot Rocky Harris hit from just inside the half-court line Friday night didn’t just give Chesapeake College a 41-38 halftime lead. It also served as a sign of things to come from the Skipjacks, who exploded for 59 second-half points in a 100-87 men’s basketball win over visiting Montgomery College Germantown.
"We just kind of woke up in the second half," said Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring. "We walked through the first half like we were zombies."
The Skipjacks did seem more alert after halftime. Akanni Salako hit three treys and scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half. Kevin Bonsu (nine rebounds), who matched Salako and Sam Sanders for team scoring honors with 18, had 11 of his points after the break. And Chad Church, limited to two first-half minutes of playing time due to foul trouble, had all of his seven rebounds and six points in the second half.
"Chad came alive for us in the second half," noted Chesapeake assistant coach Allen Mitchell.
Sanders (11 rebounds, five assists, four steals) had a double-double while Harris finished with 17 points and a team-high nine assists. The Skipjacks dealt out 25 assists, leading Mitchell to note, "We really shared the ball well."
The Skipjacks (11-8 overall, 6-6 league) improved to 8-1 at home and have won four of their last six overall.
"It’s priceless," Dearring said of the team’s near-perfect home record. "Defending the home court is important for us. If we can win the rest of our home games, it will probably guarantee us a first-round home game in the state tournament."
The win moved Chesapeake into a seventh-place tie with Anne Arundel (11-11, 6-6) and CCBC-Essex (9-12, 6-6) with Howard (9-11, 5-6) and Rockville (9-11, 5-6) a half-game behind and Catonsville (7-14, 5-7) one full game back. The top eight teams host first-round Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference tournament games.
David Johnson scored a game-high 20 points for the Gryphons (7-13, 1-12) while Kevin Connors added 16.
The Skipjacks host the St. Mary’s College junior varsity Monday night at 7 p.m., following Chesapeake’s 5 p.m. women’s contest against CCBC-Dundalk.
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