Skipjacks toy with Germantown, 83-66
Chesapeake bolts to 42-19 halftime lead on way to 15th win
WYE MILLS One down, three to go.
Chesapeake College’s men’s basketball team routed Montgomery College/Germantown, 83-66, Friday night as Rob Lowery scored a game-high 23 points and passed out 10 assists. The win marked the first of a four-game run against teams with losing records to end the regular season.
"This sets up three big games for us next week," said Chesapeake head coach Dale Becraft. "If we can run the table and finish seventh, it will set us up nicely for the state tournament."
Chesapeake (15-7 overall, 7-7 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) would earn a first-round home game against the 10th seed if the Skipjacks finish seventh. That would also allow Chesapeake to avoid a potential second-round matchup against conference-leading Cecil, which as the likely top seed would be bracketed with the survivor of the 8-9 game in the second round.
The Skipjacks dominated Germantown from the start, rolling up a 42-19 halftime lead. Chesapeake led by 30 before losing interest in the waning minutes of a second half in which Germantown hit eight three-pointers.
Becraft has been tweaking his team philosophy as the short-handed Skipjacks prepare for the postseason, in which teams can play on three consecutive days. Chesapeake played its second straight game with seven players which is how many players the Skipjacks will have for the postseason unless injured guard Mike Nichols makes it back in time for the playoffs.
"We’ve tried to reinvent ourselves be more conscious of the clock, play more 2-3 zone, and play good ’D’ in the post," said Becraft. "We did a great job tonight against Malcolm Jay (14 points), who’s one of the best post players in the conference."
Jamarl Glen (22 points, six rebounds, five assists) "played a pretty solid, all-around game," according to Becraft. Joe Fletcher (15 points) joined Lowery and Glen in double figures, while Chris Brown (nine points, 10 rebounds) finished a point shy of a double-double.
Robby Brisco scored eight points for the Skipjacks.
Bryan Aguiree scored 18 points, including five three-pointers in the second half, to lead Germantown. Warith Mohammed added 13 points.
The Skipjacks, who tied last year’s season total of 15 wins with their latest victory, host Anne Arundel Community College Monday night at 7 p.m. in their final regular-season home game.
Chesapeake finishes the regular season on the road against Howard Community College and Harford Community College on Wednesday and Friday nights, respectively.
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