HJC (17-7, 8-2 in Maryland JuCo) should be giddy about this game. After a season dotted with the loss of six players for academic and personal reasons, the Hawks finally exhibited the total package.
"How could I be more pleased with this team than I am right now?" HJC coach Jim Brown said. "And we still have six games to go. They realize they are not deep and not as big and strong and as athletic as other teams. We gave them some tools to work with and started working on execution."
Garrett (11-8) was executed by HJC's execution. The Hawks concentrated on rebounding and starting the old-fashioned fast break to get the offense rolling. Devon Wade finished with 15 points and 20 rebounds and Chris Jones added 21 points by hitting the offensive glass to turn the game into a laugher by halftime.
HJC held a 18-17 lead with 11:30 remaining before halftime before closing out first half with a 30-11 run to take a 48-28 lead at the intermission. The rush included a 17-2 flurry over six minutes and a 13-2 run spanning 3:20 with Wade scoring 11 and Jones nine to lead the way.
In the second half, Garrett closed to within 54-40 with 14:17 remaining, but a 9-0 HJC spurt ended any comeback hopes. VaShawne Gross led Garrett with 15. James Morse added 15 for HJC while DeWayne Jacobs had 14.
"We did it in spurts," Brown said. "We went through a stretch (this season) when we weren't looking aggressively for the fast break. Today, we rebounded and got down the floor. We were winning games and lost some close games without a lot of easy buckets. To be successful, you have to be able to create some easy baskets for yourself."