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'Jacks gain more than a win at CSM

Posted on Monday, November 20, 2006

LA PLATA – Chesapeake College head coach John Mappas hopes his Skipjacks won more than just a men´s basketball game last Wednesday night at the College of Southern Maryland.

"It´s a recruiting area for us. We have to get our share of players out of this area," noted Mappas, who spent three decades coaching at Southern Maryland high schools and also coached at CSM in the mid-1980s. "We´re battling the College of Southern Maryland and now Catonsville for these players, and this is a fertile recruiting ground for us."

Preston Faulk – who attended McDonough High School, which is just minutes from the CSM campus – is a perfect example of the player Mappas needs to recruit from Southern Maryland. Faulk had a game-high 25 points in Wednesday´s 81-70 victory.

"He´s come up pretty big for us the last couple of games," Mappas said of Faulk. "He shoots well and he´s coachable – he tries to listen most of the time."

Mappas is 8-3 against the College of Southern Maryland, including seven straight wins in the rivalry. The latest win was built on guard play – Faulk and starting backcourt mate Jimmy Mosser combined for 38 points – and another strong outing by sophomore swingman Hubert King (16 points, 11 rebounds).

"I like the way our guards played," said Mappas. "Jimmy (Mosser) played well and Kentrell (Ricketts) had a good game off the bench. Davon Heath (four rebounds) hit the boards for us and Terrance (Wright) gave us some good minutes off the bench."

Mappas also praised King´s latest noteworthy effort.

"Hubert´s our best all-around player," said Mappas. "He rebounds, he defends, and he scores. He´s also very unselfish."

While Mappas – a very defensive-minded coach – is never totally pleased with his team´s defense, he saw some things he liked at Southern Maryland, including six charges drawn.

"I´m glad the kids are stepping in and drawing charges, but what I´d also like to see us do is stop the dribble-penetration so we don´t have to draw so many charges," said Mappas.

Mappas and the Skipjacks are getting some good results defensively from a "pack-it-in" strategy aimed at forcing teams to beat Chesapeake from the outside.

"I played that style at Westlake (High) last year because we were so small," said Mappas. "The only problem with that style is that if you get a team that shoots well from the outside you´re in trouble. You also don´t create as many turnovers when you pack it in."

The Skipjacks have split the first four games of a season-opening, eight-game road trip. Mappas will consider the road trip – which includes stops at state powers Allegany College of Maryland and Frederick Community College – a success if the Skipjacks ended up with a split of the eight games.

"I´m glad we´ve already gotten a couple of wins," said Mappas. "I´d like to get at least one or two more on this trip. Frederick and Allegany are both very tough, so we´ve got to find someplace (on the trip) where we can get a couple of wins."

In order to get those wins, Mappas indicated his players are going to have to get serious at practice.

"The hardest part is getting the freshmen to work hard and pay attention," said Mappas. "They´re good kids, but they like to talk and fool around and that´s hurting our development. They need to buy into my system. Of course, winning often helps."

The Skipjacks travel to Bryn Mawr, Pa., Tuesday to take on Harcum Community College in an 8 p.m. contest. That is Chesapeake´s only game of the week.

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