’Jacks lock up home court
Chesapeake College tops FCC, will host state playoff opener
WYE MILLS To be sure, there are still goals out there for the Skipjacks to achieve. They checked a couple more off their list Friday night with a 90-82 men’s basketball victory over scrappy but out-manned Frederick Community College.
Chesapeake (15-9 overall, 9-7 league) clinched a winning Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference record along with a home game to start this week’s state tournament. The Skipjacks locked up the seventh seed, with the top eight teams scheduled to host first-round tournament games starting Tuesday night.
"Our goal now is to win that game (Tuesday’s playoff) so we can go to Frederick and give that a shot," said Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring, referring to the site of the final three rounds of the state tournament. "Twenty wins, another of our goals, is attainable. And we’d like to set a record for home victories."
Dearring believes a win Tuesday night would give the Skipjacks, now 10-2 at home, a record for most home wins in a season.
"I’ve looked back as far as I can and 10 is the most home wins I could find," said Dearring, whose team reached its first goal a winning season with last Wednesday’s victory over CCBC-Catonsville.
The goal-conscious Skipjacks had their hands full Friday night against Frederick despite the fact that the Cougars (8-18, 4-12) dressed only six players for the game.
"When you see a team come out with six players, sometimes the other team tends to take that team lightly," said Dearring. "I think that’s what happened with us. What’s important is that we won the game."
Kevin Bonsu led the Skipjacks with a double-double (team-high 27 points, 10 rebounds). Rocky Harris scored 19 points, handed out six assists and pulled down five rebounds, while Gamari Mayfield (nine rebounds) and Akanni Salako each scored 12 points.
Delfawn Worrells only scored seven points, but he had a game-high 11 rebounds and tied Harris for the team lead with six assists.
Frederick stayed close, trailing only 51-47 at the half, as Kevin Smith scored 25 of his game-high 39 points in the first half. Scott Johnson and Armando Miller each scored 14 points for the Cougars.
Chesapeake’s first-round playoff opponent is still to be determined as the conference teams finished up play late Saturday night. The Skipjacks head into the tournament red-hot, with six wins in their last seven contests.
"I think they’re learning how to win," said Dearring. "I’m very happy with our play because you can see their growth and improvement. We want to make sure we’re getting better every game."
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