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Skipjacks run past Anne Arundel, reach .500

Thursday, December 21, 2006

WYE MILLS – One play in the waning minutes typified Chesapeake College´s 94-74 men´s basketball win over Anne Arundel Community College Wednesday night.

Skipjack guard Preston Faulk poked the ball away from Anne Arundel´s Orlando Powell on the sideline near halfcourt. Chesapeake´s Kentrell Ricketts dove for the ball as Faulk began running down toward the Skipjacks´ basket, and Ricketts literally slid a no-look pass to Faulk for a breakaway basket and a 79-67 lead.

"Coach (John Mappas) told us we needed to run more and force more turnovers," said Faulk, who scored a team-high 23 points as the Skipjacks (6-6) won their second straight. "We forced turnovers tonight and had guys running the court with us."

The Faulk-Ricketts effort wasn´t Chesapeake´s only circus play of the evening. Minutes earlier, Ricketts passed up a breakaway to bounce the ball off the backboard and set up Hubert King (15 points) for a thunderous dunk.

"He (King) got mad at me in the first half when I didn´t do that on a breakaway," said a smiling Ricketts, who was greeted at the bench by a non-amused Mappas. "He (Mappas) said, ´We don´t need that. Just lay the ball in.´ "

King, who also had a first-half slam, was pleased to get the chance for a dunk with a high degree of difficulty.

"I need my highlights," said King with a laugh, adding more seriously, "We don´t have a lot of height and we have to run. When we fast break, we win."

The fast break and a balanced scoring attack that placed six players in double figures was enough against a game but outmanned Anne Arundel squad. Jimmy Mosser, who had 14 points in the game´s first 12 minutes, and Davon Heath each scored 18 points. Ricketts and Terrance Wright had 10 each to join Faulk and King in double figures.

Anne Arundel (2-9) had four players in double figures, led by Brandon Abney´s 25 points. Powell added 21, John Reynolds scored 15, and Ryan Reid chipped in 11 points.

The Skipjacks took the lead for good when Faulk drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with 4:02 remaining in the first half. Faulk also hit a buzzer-beating jumper from the wing to give Chesapeake a 43-38 halftime lead.

Chesapeake couldn´t shake the Pioneers until a late-game run aided by a technical foul on Anne Arundel.

The Pioneers were called for a personal foul and Reynolds was then whistled for a technical, allowing Faulk to hit four straight free throws with 5:10 remaining to give the Skipjacks a 77-65 cushion. That started a string of eight straight Chesapeake points from Faulk as the Skipjacks expanded their lead to 81-67.

Wednesday night´s contest started a five-game home stand for the Skipjacks, who played the first eight games of the season on the road. Chesapeake is off until January 10th when the Skipjacks host Harford Community College in a 7 p.m. contest.

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