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'Jacks suffer two last-second setbacks

Friday, January 09, 2009

The Skipjacks had chances to pull off two big wins this week, but in both cases weren´t quite able to seal the deal.

Chesapeake College lost to visiting Garrett College, 47-46, Monday night and dropped a 73-71 decision at Prince George´s Community College Wednesday night as the Skipjacks´ losing streak stretched to six games. Chesapeake (4-9 overall, 1-5 Maryland JuCo) had chances to take the lead in the final seconds of each game.

The Skipjacks battled back from double-digit halftime deficits in both contests only to come up short at the end.

"We´re playing one good half," said Skipjacks head coach John Mappas. "We just weren´t patient offensively and we reacted too slowly on defense in the first half of both games."

The Skipjacks nearly overcame a 49-33 halftime deficit against PG, holding the Owls (4-10, 2-4) to 24 second-half points in a battle of reigning Region XX champions. Chesapeake won the region´s Division I title and the Owls took the Division II crown last March.

"We played more man-to-man defense in the second half and we executed better," said Mappas, whose team grabbed a brief, 71-70 lead in the game´s final minute.

Paul Johnson (12 points) put the Owls ahead to stay, 72-71, by hitting a pair of free throws. The Skipjacks then had two possessions in which they could have taken the lead, but one ended in a turnover and the other in Kentrell Ricketts´ shot being blocked.

Ian Persaud scored a game-high 19 points for Prince George´s and Brad Gilkes added 14 points. William Cray (18 points), Carlton Brown (17), and Jamire Davis (11) reached double figures for the Skipjacks.

Two nights earlier, Garrett built a 31-16 halftime lead. Chesapeake held the Lakers to just 16 second-half points, but never managed to draw even. The Skipjacks nearly took the lead in the final seconds when Ricketts split a pair of defenders to give his team a 4-on-2 break, but the possession ended in a turnover.

Brown scored a team-high12 points, but was the only Skipjack to reach double figures. Ricketts and Ricky Teagle scored eight and seven points, respectively.

Mo Gunn scored a game-high 20 points and Rodney Clark added 15 points for the Lakers, with the rest of the roster combining for just a dozen points.

Chesapeake hosts Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville Friday at 7 p.m.

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