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Catonsville extends ’Jacks’ losing streak to six

Chesapeake men open playoffs on road; women host Howard Tuesday

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011

CATONSVILLE – This wasn’t exactly the type of streak the Skipjacks were hoping to take into the playoffs.

Kenny White scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as Community College Baltimore County-Catonsville broke away from a 30-30 halftime tie Friday night to beat Chesapeake College, 84-76. The Skipjacks (10-15 overall, 7-9 league) will take a six-game losing streak into this week’s Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament.

"We probably played our last five games against the five toughest teams in the league," said Joel Dearring, who is completing his first season as the Skipjacks’ head coach. "You just have to use it as a teaching experience."

The 10th-seeded Skipjacks play at seventh-seeded Baltimore City Community College (17-9, 10-6) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of the state tournament. The winner advances to Friday’s 7 p.m. quarterfinal at Frederick Community College against the winner of Tuesday’s game between second-seeded Frederick and 15th-seeded Harford Community College.

"They’re excited," Dearring said of his players’ attitude going into the state tournament. "They’re looking forward to it. We have to play defense, and we cannot turn the ball over. Baltimore is not an easy place to play, but we went to overtime earlier this year against them and we had a chance to win it at the end of regulation.

"It’s a big game because it’s also a regional game and we have the regional tournament coming up next week," added Dearring. "I’m looking forward to a good game. I know we’ll compete."

BCCC defeated Chesapeake, 94-86 in overtime, on December 1st

Chesapeake’s women’s basketball team will also take a six-game losing streak into this week’s state tournament. The eighth-seeded Skipjacks (8-16, 5-8) host ninth-seeded Howard Community College (6-16, 5-8) Tuesday at 6 p.m. with the winner advancing to Thursday’s 5 p.m. quarterfinal against top-seeded Allegany College of Maryland at Frederick Community College.

Chesapeake defeated Howard, 59-45, in the first game of the season.

Malik Edwards and George Johnson each added 16 points for Catonsville’s men Friday night and T.J. Prioleau contributed 14 points for the Cardinals (11-14, 7-9). Jimmie Jenkins scored a game-high 22 points for the Skipjacks. Louis Simpson (17 points), D.J. Nicholson (14), Matthew Jackson (11), and Ryan Waters (10) also reached double figures for Chesapeake.

The Skipjacks also dropped a 93-72 decision to CCBC-Essex last Tuesday. Malcolm White (20 points) and Jordan Benson (18 points) combined for 30 second-half points as the Knights took command of the game. Jerrium Beale scored 19 points and David Ford added 18 as four Knights scored at least 18 points.

Waters tied White for game-high scoring honors with 20 points. Jenkins (15), Simpson (13), and Nicholson (10) also reached double digits for Chesapeake.

Chesapeake hasn’t won since a 94-89 victory over Tidewater Community College last month. Ironically, that win had pushed the Skipjacks over .500 (10-9) for the first time since an opening-night win against Howard Community College.

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