Focus on Sports
'Jacks dealt second straight defeat

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007

WYE MILLS – Even with a 43-37 halftime lead, Chesapeake College head men´s basketball coach John Mappas was concerned about the tempo of Friday night´s game against visiting Howard Community College.

"We were scoring pretty easily, but we got into a situation where we scored, they scored, we scored, they scored," said Mappas. "We´re not the kind of team that can continue to play that kind of game."

That became clear in the second half. Howard held the Skipjacks to 28 second-half points and rallied for a 75-71 victory that damaged Chesapeake´s hopes of hosting a first-round game in the upcoming state tournament.

"That´s a bad loss right now with us going on the road for two tough games against teams that are as good or better than Howard," said Mappas, whose team plays at Prince George´s Community College Wednesday (7 p.m.) and at Montgomery College/Germantown Saturday (3 p.m.). "We needed that win and we didn´t get it."

Jimmy Mosser scored a game-high 27 points for the Skipjacks. He had 13 points in the second half, but the rest of the Skipjacks combined for only 15 second-half points.

Brooks Cottman added 12 for Chesapeake, including 10 in the first half.

"I thought Brooks Cottman played one of his better games," said Mappas, whose team dropped to 10-9 overall and 6-5 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

Kevin Smith scored a team-high 23 points to lead Howard. T.J. Odunlami added 11, Ronald Mann and Joseph Taylor contributed nine each, and Cornelius Palmer and Derek Metcalf scored eight each for the balanced Dragon offense.

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