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Mosser shoots Skipjacks past CCAC-Allegheny

Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

LA PLATA – Now that wing guard Jimmy Mosser has found his comfort zone, it´s the Skipjacks´ opponents who are feeling the discomfort.

Mosser scored a team-high 25 points Saturday afternoon as the Chesapeake College men´s basketball squad held off the Community College of Allegheny County-Allegheny, 79-65, at the College of Southern Maryland Christmas Classic. Mosser, who has scored 20 or more points in three straight games, said fixing a mechanical problem has made a huge difference in his offensive output.

"I saw I needed to tuck my elbow in," said Mosser after the Skipjacks scored the final 12 points to break open a close game. "My elbow was flying out. I hope to be playing like this from here on out."

Chesapeake´s other wing guard, freshman Preston Faulk, scored 18 points in the win over the Pennsylvania school.

"I just penetrate and find either Preston or Jimmy on the wing," said Kentrell Ricketts, the third guard in Chesapeake´s three-guard set. "They´ve been knocking down their shots."

When Mosser and Faulk weren´t scoring from the outside Saturday, Hubert King (17 points, nine rebounds) was providing some interior offense. Brooks Cottman also played well inside against the much taller Cougars, finishing with six points and nine rebounds.

The Skipjacks (5-6) snapped a three-game losing streak, much to head coach John Mappas´ relief.

"We needed that win," said Mappas, whose team dropped a 78-75 overtime decision to Berean (Pa.) Institute in Friday´s first-round game.

The Skipjacks started slowly Saturday, going the first 3:15 scoreless as Allegheny (6-7) built a 5-0 lead. Chesapeake responded with an 18-5 run as King and Mosser combined for all 18 points. The pair finished with 25 first-half points, including 15 by Mosser, as the Skipjacks built a 35-26 cushion.

Chesapeake, which led by as many as 12 points in the first half, twice built the lead back to 12 on three-pointers by Faulk and Mosser early in the second half. Allegheny, however, got back in the game by feeding the ball inside to 6-foot-4 sophomore John Geiger, who finished with a game-high 31 points.

Geiger´s three-point play with 7:14 remaining pulled Allegheny within 58-57. Cottman sank two free throws and King converted a three-point play to stretch the lead back to 63-57, but Geiger scored seven straight Allegheny points, climaxed by a free throw that made it 67-65 with 3:14 left in regulation.

"They (the Cougars) did a real good job getting the ball into him (Geiger), but we played behind him a lot. You just can´t play behind someone like him and be successful defensively," said Mappas.

The Cougars, however, never scored again. Ricketts – who scored all five of his points in the game-ending, 12-0 run – scored off an offensive rebound and then fed King for an alley-oop slam to make it 71-65. Geiger was then whistled for his fifth foul, sending Allegheny´s only consistent scorer to the sidelines.

Berean 78, Chesapeake 75 (overtime)

LA PLATA – Hubert King´s inside jumper with 9.4 seconds remaining in regulation Friday allowed the Skipjacks to force overtime, but the Bears outlasted Chesapeake in the extra period to improve to 7-1.

Preston Faulk (game-high 23 points) opened the extra session with a three-pointer to give the Skipjacks a 72-69 lead, but Berean answered with an 8-1 run to take command. George Sydnor scored on a layup off an offensive rebound and Bryheem Brockington hit a jumper that put the Bears ahead to stay, 73-72, with 3:53 left in the extra period.

Jimmy Mosser (20 points) and King (18 points) joined Faulk in double figures for the Skipjacks.

Rasheen Jordan (16 points), Brockington (12 points) and Sydnor (10 points) scored in double figures for Berean.

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