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Skipjacks blow past Baltimore City, 87-54

Posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007

Baltimore City Community College only trailed 21-20 with nine minutes remaining in the first half of Wednesday night´s men´s basketball game at Chesapeake College. The unbeaten Skipjacks responded with a 46-6 run that effectively sealed Chesapeake´s 87-54 victory.

What was the key to the incredible run?

"Obviously it was coaching," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. "I called a timeout and told them, ´Let´s go on a 46-6 run.´

"We defended well and we rebounded," said Mappas in a more serious moment. "We´re an average team when we don´t rebound, but we rebounded very well as a team. Nobody´s been rebounding very well recently, but they all rebounded well against Baltimore. And we had a lot of assists, which shows we were running our offense."

Chesapeake (8-0 overall, 2-0 Maryland JuCo) also continued to spread out the scoring. Preston Faulk tallied a team-high 18 points as five Skipjacks reached double figures. Ty Newman (14 points), Andrew Lee (13, all in the first half), Barry Bratten (12), and Aubin Reeves (10) were the other Skipjacks in double digits.

The Skipjacks not only exhibited balance, they showed off their versatility. After Lee scored 11 of Chesapeake´s first 15 points with strong inside play, the Panthers switched to a 2-3 zone. Faulk then immediately hit three straight three-pointers over the zone as part of a 17-0 run that broke the game open.

Darryl Clark led the Panthers with a game-high 24 points.

The Skipjacks host Washington College´s junior-varsity team next Monday before playing a pair of huge Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference contests. Chesapeake travels to Montgomery College Rockville next Wednesday and then plays at unbeaten Cecil College – currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in NJCAA Division II – next Saturday. All three games are 7 p.m. starts.

"Rockville´s a very good team and Cecil consistently has one of the top Division II programs in the country," said Mappas. "We´re going to have to play very well next week to compete."

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