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Skipjacks slam Essex in pre-holiday romp

Posted on Friday, December 21, 2007

WYE MILLS – If you´re going to score 100 points, John Dawson and Ty Newman figure you might as well do it with a little pizzazz.

Dawson sent an across-the-lane, alley-oop to Newman, who slammed home the ball to get the Skipjacks to the century mark Wednesday night. Chesapeake College´s 100-71 men´s basketball win over visiting Community College Baltimore County-Essex allowed the Skipjacks to finish the 2007 portion of their schedule with a 10-2 mark.

"I just tossed it up there and he (Newman) went up and got it," said Dawson with a smile.

"I´ve been practicing that shot here and there," added Newman. "They´ve (his teammates) been telling me I couldn´t do it in a game, so I wanted to show them I could."

Newman´s slam finished off a dunk-fest for the Skipjacks, who threw down a half-dozen against a game but overmatched Essex squad. The Knights (2-10 overall, 0-5 league) only dressed six players for the contest, but stayed with the Skipjacks until late in the first half.

Essex used an 11-2 run to take a 34-31 lead with just over four minutes remaining in the first half. Then the Skipjacks took control of the game, wiping out the deficit with a 16-2 scoring spree to finish the half.

It was more of the same in the second half for the Skipjacks, who led by as many as 30 points.

Reeves said the key to turning the game around was "just effort."

"Everyone started playing hard and that effort carried over to the second half," said Reeves.

"I think they got tired with only having six players," said Chesapeake head coach John Mappas, who noted Essex had talent even if the Knights lacked depth. "That team´s 2-10, but they´ve got some kids who can really score."

Andrew Lee (game-high 30 points, 11 rebounds, three steals) started the game-turning run with a layup off an Aubin Reeves feed. Dawson then sliced through the lane for a layup that gave Chesapeake the lead for good, 35-34.

Reeves proceeded to draw a charge, and Newman (15 points) scored on a layup off a Preston Faulk assist. Barry Bratten (14 points) then turned a steal into a breakaway dunk for the second time in the half, giving the Skipjacks a 39-34 cushion.

Trevor Thompson´s layup got the Knights within 39-36, but Reeves (20 points, four assists) scored six points in an 8-0 Skipjack string to finish the first half.

"Aubin played very well and Andrew Lee has completely taken over the last couple of games," said Mappas. "The kids are doing a good job getting the ball into Andrew. Barry Bratten played well in the first half; he just needs to be able to extend that to the whole game."

The Skipjacks, who never led by less than eight points in the second half, broke the game open with a 14-4 run that gave Chesapeake an 80-58 lead with less than eight minutes remaining. Lee had half of those 14 points, including one of his dunks, and Terrance Wright had five of his seven points during that run.

Brandon Hamilton scored 20 points and Thompson added 19 to lead the Knights.

Chesapeake (10-2, 3-2) broke a two-game losing streak with the triumph. The Skipjacks had a last-minute loss at undefeated Cecil College and a last-second setback at Montgomery College/Rockville after a 9-0 start.

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