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FCC men eager to return to HJC

February 27, 1997

By BOB PARASILITI

Staff Writer

Usually, opposing teams fret about coming to Hagerstown Junior College to play basketball. And Dave Miller is no different under normal circumstances.

But this time, the Frederick Community College coach is at ease about coming to town. That's because the Cougars have fond memories of HJC's athletic complex.

Frederick faces Dundalk tonight at 6 in one of three games which kick off four days of Region XX tournaments that will crown champions in three divisions of junior college basketball. The Cougars will have added confidence because they will be playing in a place where they captured one of the highlights of the 1996-97 season.

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"We're not upset at all about having to come to Hagerstown to play," Miller said. "The last time we were there, we did so well."

The Cougars (14-14) upset HJC, 58-54, in a regular-season game in December.

"The season has been a roller coaster for us from that game," Miller said. "But we finished by winning eight of our last 10 games and we played well in the state tournament before we lost to Catonsville, the top seed in the tournament."

Frederick enters the Division II tournament as the No. 8 seed in an 11-team field. Play opens this afternoon at 4 with Garrett facing Howard. FCC and Dundalk follow, and CCAC/Allegheny and Cecil play the final game at 8. The Division II quarterfinals will be played Friday.

Five games are on tap Saturday, including HJC's appearance in the Division I semifinal at 8 p.m. against Mount Aloysius. The winner of that game will play Allegany College, to top-ranked JuCo team in the nation, for the region title Sunday at 4. The Division II and III semifinals will be played Saturday, starting at noon. All three finals will be played Sunday, starting at noon.

"We are looking forward to playing Dundalk because they beat us twice this season, both by less than 10 points," Miller said. "We're excited about the chance to play them a third time."

Frederick is led by Adrian Storrs, who averages 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, and Jamaal West, who averages 17 points. If FCC wins tonight, it will have a date with Community College of Beaver County (Pa.), the nation's No. 1-ranked Division II team, in the quarters.

"If we do it and go out to the nationals, we'd definitely have the worst record there, but we'd be playing well," Miller said. "But hey, it's a tournament and anything can happen."

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