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Skipjacks can't finish rally in loss to Baltimore

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

BALTIMORE – Chesapeake College erased a 16-point halftime deficit, but still dropped a 63-57 men´s basketball decision Saturday afternoon at Baltimore City Community College.

A basket by Kentrell Ricketts allowed the Skipjacks to create a 55-55 tie, but Baltimore finished the game with an 8-2 run. The loss dropped Chesapeake to 11-13 overall and 7-9 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

"We had some great open looks at the end, but we just couldn´t hit the shots," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas. "Right now, we just can´t finish games the way we need to finish them to win."

Jamar Green scored a game-high 26 points to pace BCCC. Hubert King (15 points) was the only Skipjack in double figures, while Ricketts scored nine points and both Terrance Wright and Jimmy Mosser had eight.

Trailing 60-57, the Skipjacks came up with what could have been a game-turning play when they forced a five-second call that gave them the ball with 18 seconds left. Mosser was able to get an open look at a three-pointer, but couldn´t hit the game-tying shot.

Mappas said his team´s slow start Saturday was a group effort.

"Everybody was just tense," said Mappas of the first half, which ended with BCCC holding a 38-22 lead. "We finally relaxed in the second half."

Chesapeake did receive some good news when standout freshman guard Preston Faulk – who hasn´t played since December due to a knee injury – received clearance Friday to resume practicing and playing. Mappas held him out of Saturday´s game since he had not been able to see Faulk in practice yet.

"I don´t want to play him (Faulk) until I see for myself he´s healthy enough to play," said Mappas.

The Skipjacks, who went 4-1 in their first five games without Faulk, have lost their last six (not including a forfeit win over the College of Southern Maryland).

Mappas said Faulk´s unavailability and stiffer competition have both caught up to the Skipjacks.

"It´s not only not having him, it´s also that we´re playing better teams," said Mappas. "This is just a brutal part of our schedule."

It doesn´t get any easier Tuesday when the Skipjacks play at Montgomery College Rockville in a 7 p.m. contest. Chesapeake then completes the regular season Friday in a 7 p.m. home game against Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

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