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Chesapeake runs keep Hawks at bay

February 25, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball posted a season-high point total Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the Maryland JuCo Conference Tournament.

The problem? The Hawks surrendered a season-high point total to Chesapeake College.

The second-seeded Skipjacks shot a scorching 63.8 percent from the field and worked up a 29-point second-half lead before withstanding a late Hawks' rally to post a 122-111 at Frederick Community College.

Chesapeake (25-3) will play Cecil, a 102-77 winner over Prince George's, in the championship game tonight at 7.

"No defense. There was none for either team," said HCC coach Ryan Devlin. "When you see 233 points scored in a game, it's obvious that no defense was played, whatsoever."

The 122 points allowed is 20 more than the previous high for the Hawks (Nov. 7 vs Potomac State), and it's the first time an opposing team has topped the century mark since Devlin took over as head coach on Jan. 2.

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Chesapeake, which has only seven active players, topped that plateau with 8 1/2 minutes left. Ty Newman had a game-high 32 points, Andrew Lee scored 26, Aubin Reeves 20, Preston Faulk 19 and Barry Bratten 15. Lee had 13 rebounds and Reeves dished out nine assists.

"No defense," Devlin repeated.

The Hawks (22-7) led 52-51 with 1:50 left in the first half - their only lead of the game - before Chesapeake closed the half on a 7-0 run. The Skipjacks used a 19-point spurt over a three-minute span to take an 88-62 lead at the 13:21 mark of the second half, led by Newman's 10 points.

"The guys can get out of that. They've done it before," Devlin said. "I'm not going to call a timeout to say, 'Hey Chesapeake, stop scoring.' And me calling a timeout to tell my guys to wake up would have been a waste."

The lead ballooned to 101-72 before HCC finally showed signs of life. The Hawks scored nine unanswered points and later scored eight straight to close the gap to 106-93 with 4:20 remaining. Q'Monte Matheny's fourth 3-pointer made it 111-102 at the 2:15 mark.

But Chesapeake sealed the win by hitting 11 of 14 free throws in the last two minutes. The Skipjacks, who scored the first eight points of the game, made five runs of at least seven points - including the 19-0 haymaker - to keep the Hawks at arm's length.

"We cut 20 points off the lead, but when you're forced to play catch-up, you never win," Devlin said. "You can't be a counter puncher and be successful. You can't get keep getting hit and expect to be able to come back each time."

Kelvin Bright scored 23 of his team-high 27 points in the first half for the Hawks. Matheny finished with six 3s and 26 points, Will Taylor scored 16 and John Long had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, Chesapeake earned the top seed in the Region XX Tournament next weekend at the HCC athletic complex.

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