Brown leads 'Jacks to holiday tourney crown
Freshman center nets 34 in title-game romp over Harford
DUNDALK, December 17 Chris Brown turned the announcement of tournament Most Valuable Player into a mere formality.
Brown scored 34 points and pulled down 20 rebounds both career highs as the Chesapeake College men’s basketball team routed Harford Community College, 91-69, Saturday in the title game of the CCBC-Dundalk Classic. That effort easily locked up tournament MVP honors, but Brown was quick to credit his teammates for his stellar performance.
"Rob (Lowery) got me the ball in great position to score, and so did Jamarl (Glen)," said Brown, who also had four blocked shots and three assists. "They couldn’t contain Rob he’d come down the lane and dish it to me for two points."
"When I drove I knew the defense would clog up and I could either kick it out or kick it inside," said Lowery, who finished with 14 points and 11 assists and joined Brown on the all-tournament team. "Every time I drove the ball it seemed Chris was open."
Brown also created some of his own scoring opportunities, thanks to 15 offensive rebounds.
"He was a monster on the offensive boards," said Chesapeake head coach Dale Becraft of his 6-foot-6 freshman center. "He was constantly getting the ball off the offensive boards and scoring on put-backs."
Chesapeake (8-1) built a 46-31 halftime cushion and kept a double-digit lead the entire second half while rolling to its fourth straight win. Glen (18 points, 10 rebounds) joined Brown and Lowery with a double-double, while reserves Mike Nichols (nine points) and Robbie Briscoe (four points, 11 rebounds) each provided a spark off the bench.
The Skipjacks’ 22-point win was much more decisive than their 76-69 victory over Harford in the second game of the season.
"That first game against Harford was probably our worst game of the season," said Becraft. "This time we played with a lot more emotion and enthusiasm and we took better advantage of mismatches."
That was especially true inside, according to Becraft.
"We were so much quicker than they were in the post and they didn’t play very good post defense," said Becraft.
Sam Eligwe led Harford (5-6) with 19 points. Ryan Deveaux (14 points), Kenny Perry (13) and Brian Selby (11) joined Eligwe in double figures for the Owls.
Harford’s Richard Johnson, host CCBC-Dundalk’s Derrick Gilmore, and Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College’s Matthew Schmechtig joined Brown and Lowery on the all-tournament team.
Host CCBC-Dundalk scored the final eight points in Saturday’s third-place game to defeat Jamestown, 53-50, for its first win of the season.
Chesapeake College 98, Jamestown CC 84
DUNDALK Jamarl Glen scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the second half as the Skipjacks rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to win Friday’s CCBC-Dundalk Classic semifinal.
Glen was 9-for-12 from the field, including a perfect 9-for-9 from two-point range. He also pulled down eight rebounds for the Skipjacks, who spotted Jamestown a 50-42 halftime advantage.
Five other Skipjacks joined Glen in double figures. Will Mills scored 18 points and Rob Lowery (five assists) added 16, including 11 in the decisive second half. Joe Fletcher (12 points), Mike Nichols (11) and Chris Brown (10) were the other Skipjacks in double figures.
Matt Schmechtig scored a game-high 23 points to lead Jamestown, but Schemitig had only six points n the second half. Teammate Darian David added 22.
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