Trojans don't horse around, beat HJC

March 03, 1997


Staff Writer

Hagerstown Junior College coach Jim Brown made the right call. But the only thing he got for being right was the consolation prize in the Region XX basketball tournament.

"The key to this game will be to be in position, especially when rebounding," Brown said four days before Sunday's championship game with Allegany. "We need to play well, but we need parity on the boards. We can't let them outrebound us 3 or 4 to 1."

Right key, wrong ratio, Jim. Allegany overpowered HJC by 30 rebounds - 61-31, including a 35-16 differential in the second half - to muscle to a 82-66 victory over the Hawks for its second straight region title before a full house at HJC's athletic complex.


"It was just everything," Brown conceded. "They got too many second shots off rebounds. (Terrell) McKelvey dominated us in the second half. We were right there, but you can't give up that many second shots."

The 6-foot-8 McKelvey scored 14 points with 23 rebounds, including 14 boards in the second half, and was named the tournament's most valuable player. HJC stayed close in the first half by using its 3-point shooting against Allegany's rebounding. But power won out over pop in the long run.

"We felt that we could outrebound them like that in all three games we played against them," Allegany coach Bob Kirk said. "But (HJC) would come out and beat us in one half. Today, we put two good halves together."

Allegany (30-1), the nation's top-ranked Division I junior college team, won its 28th straight game to advance to next weekend's district playoff in Champlain, Vt., for the right to go to the national tournament.

HJC (23-9) hit seven 3-point baskets and Devon Wade scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half for a 33-29 lead at the intermission. It was only the second time Allegany trailed at halftime all season.

Recus Nix scored six points to key a 12-2 run in the first 4:45 of the second half to give the Trojans a 41-35 lead. Allegany's strength on the backboards took hold with the help of a halftime adjustment.

HJC drifted away when its 3-point shooting went cold. The Hawks hit 4-of-21 trey attempts in the second half and only 11 of 42 in the game.

Guase led Allegany with 21 points. James Morse and Ryan Saunders had 11 each for HJC.

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