By BOB PARASILITI
The Hagerstown Junior College basketball team should be giving thanks for the Pepsi Challenge, hosted by Central Florida Community College.
The Hawks played in the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Ocala, Fla., the last two seasons, and each time came away with an accurate indication of their strength as a team.
This year's tournament comes at a crucial time for HJC. Even with a 3-0 record, the Hawks are far from settled. Injuries and the academic ineligibility of projected star Bobby Wimbush make this holiday trip anything but festive.
"The best and the worst come out of players at this tournament," HJC coach Jim Brown said. "There are a lot of college scouts there and we'll have to see who is down there playing for the scouts and who's playing for the team to win games. This will be our first time away from home. This will be the first time flying for most players. It will all be a learning experience."