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'Jacks win twice at Howard tourney, move to 4-0

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2007

COLUMBIA – Adaptability is the key to success in almost any pursuit. Chesapeake College´s willingness to adapt to its situation allowed the Skipjacks to rally for a 92-76 victory over Monroe (N.Y.) Community College Saturday afternoon in the Dragon Invitational at Howard Community College.

Skipjacks head coach John Mappas, who saw his man-to-man defense torched for 45 first-half points, switched to a 2-3 zone in the second half that limited Monroe to 31 second-half points. That defensive adjustment and a balanced scoring attack led by Davon Heath´s game-high 21 points allowed the Skipjacks to improve to 4-0.

"I don´t like to use zones, but they were scoring with ease against our man-to-man," said Mappas, whose team faced a 45-40 halftime deficit. "We went to it for the last 15 minutes, and it enabled us to fast break off their missed shots."

While the Skipjacks displayed their adaptability, Monroe never went away from a full-court press that was constantly exploited by Chesapeake.

"While they were pressing, we were getting pretty much anything we wanted," said Mappas. "We´re not big, but we´ve got a lot of good ball handlers."

Ty Newman (20 points), Andrew Lee (18 points), Preston Faulk (12 points), and John Dawson (12 points) all joined Heath in double figures for the Skipjacks. Barry Bratten led the Skipjacks in rebounding with eight.

Mappas praised Heath´s performance against Monroe, a team that easily handled the Skipjacks in this tournament last year.

"Davon is playing very well," said Mappas. "In big games he really picks up the level of his play. He slashes to the basket and plays hard."

Herman Wrice scored 12 points to lead four Monroe players into double figures.

While the Skipjacks are off to their fastest start in years, Mappas said his team´s current record isn´t all that significant.

"Being 4-0? Well, it beats being 0-4, but I don´t get excited this early," said Mappas.

"We open up the conference season Friday night against Prince George´s (Community College)," added Mappas. "That (start of conference play) is when games start being very significant."

Friday´s 7 p.m. game against Prince George´s is also the Skipjacks´ home opener.

Chesapeake 95, Tidewater CC 37

COLUMBIA – Ty Newman scored a game-high 25 points as the Skipjacks dominated their Virginia opponent Friday in their opening-round game at the Dragon Invitational.

Andrew Lee added 16 points while Aubin Reeves and John Dawson scored 11 points each for the Skipjacks.


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