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Skipjacks fall to Rockville on last-second shot

Monday, December 17, 2007

ROCKVILLE – Justin Ikhide´s basket off an offensive rebound with 0.3 seconds remaining Sunday night gave Montgomery College/Rockville an 83-82 men´s basketball victory over Chesapeake College.

The Knights, trailing 82-81, got the ball back with 15.7 seconds remaining after Chesapeake´s Andrew Lee lost the ball going up for a shot. Rockville´s Donte Nicholas missed a jumper, grabbed the rebound and then missed a second jump shot. Ikhide then corralled his offensive rebound to set up the winning score.

The Skipjacks, looking for a miracle, gave it their best shot after Ikhide´s basket and a Chesapeake timeout.

Aubin Reeves, inbounding for the Skipjacks under Rockville´s basket, threw the ball all the way down to Lee at the Skipjacks´ foul line. Lee, who grabbed the ball in the air facing Rockville´s basket, threw a no-look shot over his head that banged hard off the glass at the final buzzer.

Chesapeake head coach John Mappas said Rockville´s final possession – where the Knights came up with two offensive rebounds and had three good looks at the basket – was a microcosm of the game.

"You don´t rebound, you don´t defend – you don´t win," said Mappas of the Skipjacks´ effort.

"They gave us three pitches at it," Rockville head coach Steve Hobson said of his team´s final possession. "I guess our kids just wanted it more."

Ikhide´s basket ruined what had been a good Skipjack comeback. Rockville had a 79-74 lead with less than three minutes to play, but Chesapeake´s Preston Faulk (18 points) hit consecutive three-pointers to put the Skipjacks on top, 80-79, with 2:23 remaining.

After Rockville´s Octavius Hinnant sank the second of two free throws to tie the game, Reeves hit a pair of free throws to give Chesapeake an 82-80 lead with 1:47 left. Knight Tyshon Reid (23 points) missed the second of two free throws with 51.1 seconds remaining, leaving Chesapeake with an 82-81 advantage, but Lee – who kept the Skipjacks in the game with 27 points – missed two free throws with 47.9 seconds left to keep it a one-point game.

Chesapeake (9-2 overall, 2-2 league) lost its second straight after a 9-0 start.

"I think he (Mappas) has a very talented team," said Hobson, whose team improved to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the league. "I´ve known John for 25 years and he´s one of the best coaches I´ve ever coached against. I don´t think they played their best basketball tonight, and I think John would tell you the same thing."

The game, which featured 21 lead changes, was close throughout with neither team ever leading by more than eight points. Chesapeake briefly looked like it might take control late in the first half, using a 9-0 run to build a 38-30 cushion. Rockville, however, scored the final five points of the first half to pull within 42-39 at the break.

Ty Newman scored 13 points to join Lee and Faulk in double figures for the Skipjacks. Steven Pierre (18 points) and Ikhide (16 points) joined Reid as double-digit scorers for the Knights.

Chesapeake hosts Community College Baltimore County-Essex Wednesday at 7 p.m. in its final pre-holiday contest.

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