Chesapeake 90 — Allegany 65

WYE MILLS — The Skipjacks created open spaces by dropping in nine 3-pointers in the first half Friday evening, then used that space to put away Allegany in the second half.

Five Skipjacks hit 3-pointers in the first half and Amir Pettiford and Craig Turner each pumped in three as Chesapeake College’s men’s basketball team began a 90-65 victory over the Trojans.

For the game, Chesapeake hit 15 treys on 28 attempts (53.6%). That opened the floor for Mahzi Thames to drive effectively as he led the Skipjacks with 22 points.

Joey Adams netted 17 points for Chesapeake and pulled down seven rebounds. Pettiford (13 points) and Damon Gomer (11) also scored in double figures for Chesapeake, which improved to 13-7 overall, 5-4 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference.

“One more win and we’re guaranteed a winning season,” Skipjacks head coach Andrew Sachs said. “We had great defensive energy, didn’t allow any easy baskets. We loosened up their zone a little bit. Craig hit some 3s in the first half. Once we got them out of their zone to guard our stuff, they really struggled doing that. We bumped it up over 20 and that was pretty much it.”

Gomer scored on a fast-break three minutes into the game, for a 4-2 Chesapeake lead, and the Skipjacks led the rest of the way.

After O’Bray Rufus hit a free throw to make it 4-3, Chesapeake scored eight unanswered points to take control. Adams drained a trey from the left baseline off a feed from Thames for a 7-3 lead and added a layup after a steal by Pettiford to make it 9-3.

The Trojans’ cold shooting from the field and the foul line continued when E’Mari Johnson missed a pair of free throws with 12 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first half. Turner hit his first 3-pointer, off a pass from Adams, to put Chesapeake up 12-3. That began a string of four straight treys for the Skipjacks that pushed their lead to 21-9 with 9:10 left in the half.

Allegany (8-14, 3-5) eventually found some offense. Imhotep George (21 points) converted an offensive rebound to pull the Trojans within 30-23 with 3:50 left in the half, but Chesapeake stayed well in front, leading 41-30 at intermission.

Two 8-0 runs by Chesapeake early in the second half then virtually put the game away. Gomer scored with a baseline drive, Pettiford stepped back and popped a jumper, Adams scored off a steal, and Thames tallied off his own missed shot for a 51-35 lead with 16:30 left in the second half. Gomer converted an offensive rebound, Justin Atwood hit a 3-pointer, and Gomer completed a three-point play to make it 59-43 at 12:25.

A 10-0 Skipjacks run starting with 9:30 left in the second half turned the game into a rout. Gomer hit a trey, Atwood and Thames each hit two free throws, Atwood slammed in a bucket, and Adams hit a free throw to increase Chesapeake’s lead to 75-50.

“That’s a really good rebounding team that we just out-rebounded (41-38),” Sachs said. “We’ve rarely out-rebounded our opponents this year. And we shot 54 percent from three, come on.”

Justin Copman finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Allegany and Rufus added 10. The Trojans shot 35.8% from the field for 2-pointers and 23.8% from beyond the arc.

Region 20 of the National Junior College Athletic Association is highly competitive this year with six teams with winning overall records. Community College of Beaver County is undefeated at 18-0. There is no Maryland JUCO postseason tournament this year. Eight teams qualify for the Region 20 tournament and Chesapeake is currently eighth in the region standings.

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