Skipjacks drop two at Harford
Chesapeake again competitive, but can’t notch first victory
NORTH EAST — Since a 12385 men’s basketball loss to Harcum (Pa.) College on opening night, the Skipjacks have been in every game they’ve played. They just haven’t been able to break into the win column.
That trend continued this weekend at the Harford Basketball Tournament at Harford Community College. Chesapeake came out on the short end of a 73-70 decision against ASA College on Friday before Nassau Community College used a 16-0, second-half run on Saturday to erase a seven-point deficit in an 86-77 win over the Skipjacks.
The setbacks — follow- ing an 82-80 heartbreaker against Northern Virginia Community College earlier in the week — dropped the Skipjacks to 0-4.
“We’ve had a halftime lead in each of the last three games,” said Chesapeake head coach Allen Mitchell, adding he knows what the team needs to do in order to close out games effectively. “We have to play better help defense and we have to box out better.”
Chesapeake’s loss to ASA was particularly disheartening given the Skipjacks had used a 6-0 run to erase a 69-64 deficit. Teivon John-
son (13 points) hit consecutive 3-pointers, the second with 2:06 remaining, to give Chesapeake a 70-69 advantage.
ASA, however, regained the lead for good as Denzel Wilson (19 points) converted a layup opportunity just 14 seconds later. Wilson made another layup after a Johnson turnover to give ASA its final margin of victory.
“That guy [Wilson] hit a couple of nice shots and that gave them momentum,” Mitchell said.
Devere Crieghton sparked ASA with game highs in points (25) and rebounds (16) as the Avengers finished with a 45-30 rebounding advantage. Jules Jobe chipped in 12 points for the winners.
Trevon Thompson matched Johnson’s 13 points to lead Chesapeake, which also received 10 points from Renard Lane. Chukwuma Isebor added eight points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Skipjacks appeared in good shape against Nassau after Raymond Williams nailed a 3-pointer to give Chesapeake a 42-35 lead just 1:54 into the second half. Nassau, however, responded with its 16-0 run as Cheyenne Nettleton (gamehigh 27 points) scored five points, including a 3-pointer that broke a 42-42 tie and put Nassau in front to stay.
Charles Wingate (10 rebounds) added 22 points and Terrell Williams scored 15 for Nassau.
Lane registered a doubledouble with a team-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for Chesapeake. Jeffrey Espinal (12 points), Johnson (11 points, four steals), and Williams (10 points) also reached double figures.
Harford (4-1) defeated Nassau, 81-55, and ASA, 7852, as the host team finished 2-0.
The Skipjacks will host CCBC-Catonsville on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
No. Va. 82, Chesapeake 80 WYE MILLS — Tariq Felder scored 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead six Nighthawks into double figures last Tuesday night as Northern Virginia erased a 39-35 halftime deficit to notch the victory.
Addison Burgess (16 points, two blocks), Andre Seadey (14 points, 11 assists), Jordan Jones (13 points), Wesley Hardaway (10 points), and Andreas Nikantzam (10 points) also reached double digits for NoVa in a balanced attacked.
Teivon Johnson (17 points, seven rebounds, six steals), Jeffrey Espinal (15 points), and Renard Lane (12 points, 14 rebounds) all reached double figures for Chesapeake. Trevon Thompson scored nine points while Raymond Williams and Sadiki Isaac added eight points each for the Skipjacks.