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Hawks put Allegany loss out of mind

February 24, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

Don't waste your time asking any member of the Hagerstown Junior College basketball team about their weekend.

He won't remember having one. Just call it a case of wide-spread, selective amnesia.

Every HJC coach and player are conveniently forgetting Saturday's 100-79 loss to Allegany College at Trojan Square Garden. They are blotting out that the nation's No. 1-ranked team controlled the game and prevented the Hawks from winning a piece of another Maryland JuCo Conference regular-season title.

"I said last week that the only way that game would help or hurt either team is if they remembered what happened on Monday," HJC coach Jim Brown said. "We tried to start forgetting about it right after it was done. That game didn't really matter. The only one that counts will come on Sunday."

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The Hawks (22-8) will meet Allegany again on Sunday for the Region XX title, provided they defeat Mount Aloysius in Saturday's play-in game at the HJC athletic complex.

Still, HJC is beginning to prepare for that possible game, but some of Saturday's game with Allegany was worth forgetting.

The Trojans (28-1) won their 26th straight game by taking the ball to HJC under the basket. Allegany got HJC's Devon Wade and Chris Jones in foul trouble and used it to its advantage.

"They have so many choices on what they can do," Brown said. "They are strong inside and from the perimeter. But they got inside after us because they know that's where we are the thinnest."

Allegany used a 42-17 run in the middle of the game to pull out to a 70-50 lead in the second half. Even with four fouls, Wade led an HJC comeback, scoring a game-high 25 points, to get the Hawks within eight points before the Trojans put the game away. Allegany used a technical foul to its advantage.

"The turning point of the game was that technical foul," Brown said. "We were making a move when it was called. I don't think that we would have come back to win the game, but I think we could have made it real interesting."

The comeback try is the only thing Brown wants HJC to remember about Saturday's game.

"I usually say that at this time of year, there are no freshmen players," Brown said. "This will be the game to test whether they have truly become sophomores."

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