Focus on Sports
Chesapeake grinds out latest win

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2006

WYE MILLS – It wasn´t fancy, but it sure was effective.

Chesapeake College ground out a workman-like, 69-59 men´s basketball victory over visiting Anne Arundel Community College Monday night as Jamarl Glen scored 24 points and Rob Lowery (seven assists) added 22. The Skipjacks (16-7 overall, 8-7 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) moved back over .500 in the league and moved closer to clinching a home game in the first round of next week´s state championship tournament.

"It was a pretty methodical game," said Chesapeake head coach Dale Becraft. "We played a lot of zone, made them take a lot of perimeter shots. We limited them to a lot of one-and-outs by playing well on the defensive boards.

"We didn´t play extremely aggressively on the offensive end – we were kind of lethargic," added Becraft after the Skipjacks ensured themselves a better record than last year´s 15-12 squad.

"You try to improve each year. That´s one goal that´s been accomplished," said Becraft, who is finishing up his second year as head coach. "Obviously we want to win out, finish seventh (in the state seedings) and avoid that possible second-round matchup with (likely regular-season champion) Cecil."

Chris Brown (10 points, 10 rebounds) joined Glen and Lowery in double figures for Chesapeake, which enjoyed a 37-32 halftime advantage. Mike Nichols, in his first game back after missing two due to an ankle injury, had three steals and a pair of three-pointers on his way to six points.

"I´d say Mike was playing at about 75 percent," said Becraft. "He did a good job defensively. Just having him back was a pick-me-up for everybody."

The Skipjacks have now won back-to-back games after four losses in the previous six contests.

"We started out having to win four in a row, and now we´re down to having to win two in a row," said Becraft, who told his players two games ago they needed to win out in order to grab the seventh seed in the state tournament.

Bryant Battle scored a team-high 17 points, including five three-pointers, for Anne Arundel. Brandon Abney, a 6-foot-10 post player, added 11 points while Ty Grossman and Travis Hyman each scored 10.

Chesapeake travels to Harford Community College Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game against the Owls (10-13, 6-9). The Skipjacks have already beaten Harford twice, including a 76-69 win in this season´s home opener and a 91-69 rout last December in the finals of the Dundalk Holiday Tournament.

Brown scored a career-high 32 points to lead the rout in the holiday tournament finals, but Becraft expects Harford to bring its "A" game to Wednesday´s encounter.

"I expect Harford will be up for us," said Becraft. "We kind of took them apart in the tournament. I´m sure they remember that. We´ve got to forget that game – except for the things we did to accomplish that."

Terrance Allen scored a team-high 21 points for Harford in the much closer regular-season game at Chesapeake.

Chesapeake completes the regular season Friday night with a 7 p.m. game at Howard Community College.

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