By BOB PARASILITI
Allegany College coach Bob Kirk put it in about as general of terms as basketball can be explained.
"There's a lot of ifs, ands and buts that end up deciding games like this," he said.
Make that ifs, ands, buts and foul shots.
Hagerstown Junior College played an inspired game considering its shortcomings. But despite all the effort and stifling defense, the Hawks let one get away on Wednesday night, allowing No. 3-rated Allegany to tie the game at the buzzer before pulling out a 98-94 overtime victory at the HJC athletic complex.
"We lost this game. They didn't beat us, we lost it," HJC coach Jim Brown said. "All we needed was one of those free throws (at the end of regulation) and then they would have needed two buckets to win with no time to score. We had the No. 3-rated team in the country in our hip pocket and we let them get away."