Focus on Sports
Short-handed 'Jacks fall just short at the end
Friday, January 18, 2008
HAGERSTOWN Hagerstown Community College finally wore down the Skipjacks´ depleted roster, scoring the final six points Wednesday night to hold on for a critical 87-80 men´s basketball victory.
"We just couldn´t score at the end and we couldn´t stop them," said Chesapeake College head coach John Mappas, who had only six players available due to Ty Newman´s one-game suspension for his ejection at Howard Community College.
Until the final three minutes, however, the Skipjacks were in position to pull off the upset and hand Hagerstown its first Region XX Division I loss of the season.
Andrew Lee put up yet another double-double (game-high 27 points, 15 rebounds) while Barry Bratten (18 points) and Aubin Reeves (16) joined Lee in double figures. Preston Faulk and Burton Moody added eight points each, and Terrance Wright chipped in with four points.
The Skipjacks, however, had game-long problems containing Hagerstown´s explosive backcourt. Kelvin Bright and Q´Monte Matheny combined for 50 points, including a team-high 26 by Bright. When the Hawks needed to go inside, they went to Will Taylor, whose scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half as Hagerstown took a 47-46 lead.
"We had trouble defending the whole night we didn´t defend well at all outside or inside," said Mappas.
Chesapeake (14-3 overall, 6-3 Maryland JuCo) saw its five-game winning streak snapped while Hagerstown (12-4, 6-2) remained two games behind undefeated Cecil College (16-0, 7-0) in the loss column in the Maryland JuCo standings.
Hagerstown is currently undefeated (3-0) among the teams that will be competing in the NJCAA Region XX Division I tournament in March. Garrett (2-1), Potomac State College (1-3), Chesapeake (0-1) and Allegany College of Maryland (0-1) are the other Region XX Division I teams.
Chesapeake will try to get back on the winning track Friday night when the Skipjacks host Community College Baltimore County-Dundalk (7-11, 4-6) in a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be preceded by a 5 p.m. women´s basketball contest between host Chesapeake and the College of Southern Maryland.
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