Skip­jacks drop two at Har­ford

Ch­e­sa­peake again com­pet­i­tive, but can’t notch first vic­tory

Record Observer - - Sports - By RICHARD MID­CAP

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.

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