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Cold-shooting Skipjack men fall to Harford

Posted on Wednesday, February 07, 2007

WYE MILLS – The Skipjacks seemed well-positioned Tuesday night against Harford Community College after Brooks Cottman´s three-point play with over nine minutes remaining whittled what had once been a 10-point deficit to 61-57.

Who would have guessed Chesapeake College would score just one more field goal as the visiting Owls pulled away for an 81-65 men´s basketball victory?

Eric Vann scored a game-high 20 points, Ricardo Lipscomb added 16 and Ryan Deveaux scored 12 as Harford handed the Skipjacks their fifth straight loss. A forfeit win today against the College of Southern Maryland will snap that streak, but is unlikely to lift the Skipjacks´ spirits after they scored just 28 second-half points against Harford.

"We´ve been playing like that for the last two weeks," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas, whose team finished with 21 turnovers and 12 missed free throws. "The first half we didn´t play any defense and the second half we did nothing offensively."

Kentrell Ricketts (17 points, five rebounds, five assists), Hubert King (16 points, six rebounds, five assists), and Jimmy Mosser (15 points) combined for 48 points, but the rest of the team managed just 17 points.

By contrast, Harford (15-7 overall, 7-6 Maryland JuCo) had six players score eight or more points. The Owls took the lead for good on a pair of Vann free throws with 1:38 remaining in the first half and built a 61-51 lead midway through the second half.

Chesapeake made one final run as Ricketts drained a three-point jumper and Cottman converted his three-point play to pull the Skipjacks within four points. Chesapeake, however, committed turnovers on its next three possessions and the Owls regained command of the game.

Chesapeake, 11-12 overall and 7-8 in the league after the CSM forfeit, travels to Baltimore City Community College Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

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