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Salako, Church post double-doubles as ’Jacks win

Jenkins scores 27 of 34 after break to help down CSM , 112-86

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WYE MILLS – Akanni Salako and Chad Church each posted double-doubles, and Jimmie Jenkins scored 27 of his game-high 34 points in the second half Friday night as Chesapeake College topped the visiting College of Southern Maryland, 112-86.

Salako (29 points, 11 rebounds) and Church (22 points, 15 rebounds) helped the Skipjacks control the boards. Jenkins pulled down another seven rebounds and dished out nine assists with three steals in his first game since being named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week on Thursday.

"Jimmie took over in the second half," Chesapeake head coach Joel Dearring said of Jenkins’ explosive, post-break performance. "Nobody they (CSM) had could really stop him."

Justin May added nine points and Louis Simpson scored seven as the Skipjacks (11-7 overall, 6-5 conference) won their third straight to move back over .500 in Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference action. The Skipjacks also improved to 5-2 against NJCAA Division II Region XX opposition.

Dearring wasn’t satisfied with the Skipjacks’ first-half performance even though they took a 48-41 lead into the break, but was pleased with how his team played in the second half.

"They’re not going to put this game in a time capsule," remarked Dearring, whose team finished with 26 turnovers for the game. "It was ugly basketball in the first half. Our second half was much better than our first. We pressed a little bit and became more aggressive defensively, which set us up offensively."

Devon Brown scored a team-high 28 points and Juwan Cole added 15 for the Hawks (8-13, 3-8).

Chesapeake topped the 100-point mark for the seventh time this season and the fourth time in the last six games, a stretch that also included a 105-98 loss to league-leading Baltimore City Community College.

With the win, Chesapeake continued to inch up in the conference standings. The Skipjacks are currently fifth in the balanced league, a half-game behind Frederick Community College (13-6, 6-4). Chesapeake travels to Frederick Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against the Cougars.

"If we can win that one, we would be on a nice little roll," said Dearring.

Notes: Chesapeake’s women’s basketball team received a forfeit from the College of Southern Maryland, which was unable to field a team. The Skipjacks (13-1, 9-1) and Harford (17-1, 6-1) remained tied at the top of the conference in the loss column pending Harford’s Saturday contest against Prince George’s Community College.

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