Trojans show Chesapeake they can still play
Allegany dominates second half, squashes 'Jacks' upset bid
WYE MILLS Allegany College of Maryland isn’t the national powerhouse it used to be in men’s basketball but the Trojans are still quite good. That much was clear in Monday night’s 96-60 win over Chesapeake College.
Allegany (16-5 overall, 10-2 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) broke open a close game with a 15-2 spurt to end the first half. That was a preview of what was to come as the Trojans put up a 63-point second half to turn the game into a rout.
"We couldn’t hit a shot and they couldn’t miss a shot," Chesapeake head coach Dale Becraft said of Allegany’s second-half domination. "I don’t know what to say except I’m glad it’s over and let’s move on."
Trojan Donald Johnson scored a game-high 25 points and teammate Eric Whitehurst added 23. James Harrison (14 points) and Orlando Harris (13) also hit double figures for Allegany, which is currently in third place in the league standings behind Cecil Community College and Prince George’s Community College.
Rob Lowery and Jamarl Glen each scored 16 points for the Skipjacks (14-6, 6-6). Mike Nichols added 10 points and Joe Fletcher chipped in nine.
The game started as if it might be a thriller. There were seven lead changes in the first 14 minutes, with Chesapeake taking its final lead, 19-18, on an inside layup by Glen with 6:45 remaining in the first half.
Allegany answered with an 8-0 run, starting with a Johnson jumper that gave the Trojans the lead for good. Johnson and Harrison then hit back-to-back three-pointers as Allegany opened up a 26-19 lead.
Glen stopped the run with a driving jumper, getting the Skipjacks back within 26-21, but the Trojans scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 33-21 lead into the break.
That set the stage for a second half completely dominated by the Trojans.
"Allegany played really well," said Becraft. "That was probably one of the best games they’ve played all year, and we played one of our worst games all year. That’s a bad combination for us."
The Skipjacks have another difficult challenge Wednesday night when they travel to Hagerstown Community College for a 7 p.m. contest against the Hawks.
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