Hawks run afoul of Trojans

January 25, 1999


photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

There's foul shooting, and then there's foul shooting.

On Sunday, Allegany College did a goodly amount of the former while Hagerstown Community College did an unsettling amount of the latter.

The best things in life are really free as the Trojans hit 26 of 32 free throws in the second half while HCC, at times, had trouble finding the rim in a physical, tightly contested 83-78 Maryland JuCo Conference victory at HCC's athletic complex.

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Allegany (16-4, 9-3) took advantage of patience and its height advantage to take the ball inside on the small Hawks. The Trojans' gift for frequenttryer mileage was 24 foul shots in the final 6 minutes, 53 seconds of the game, in which they hit 20.


Allegany coach Bob Kirk put most of the pressure on the shoulders of point guard Dominick Taylor, who hit 13 of 14 attempts in the stretch.

"We tried to get the ball in Dominick's hands," Kirk said. "We know he's a good foul shooter. He missed his first two and then hit 13 in a row. (HCC coach) Jim (Brown) did what he had to do in order to stay with us."

That was a bump-and-grind pressure defense that tries to promote as many turnovers as it does fouls. But in the end, HCC (14-6, 6-4) didn't convert as many turnovers as Allegany did fouls.

"They shot their fouls well and didn't allow us to come back," Brown said. "Once they went back and started to play solid defense, our halfcourt offense didn't look that good at all. We had one good spurt early but (Kirk) called time out and it was like he threw ice water on us."

The game opened in typical Allegany-Hagerstown fashion with both teams trying to push the ball up the floor and pressure the other into mistakes. HCC broke the Trojan press with ease and built a 22-14 lead when Kirk called time and pulled off the press.

The move switched mostly to a halfcourt game, more to Allegany's advantage. The Trojans knotted the game at 24-24 with 6:17 left in the half and led 37-33 at halftime.

The Trojans established a dominance in the paint with 6-foot-8 center Tahron Briscoe, who finished with 13 points and 23 rebounds.

"When someone gets 23 rebounds, that means no one is getting a body on him," Brown said. "It's a lack of maturity both physically and mentally in our younger players. They aren't ready to play back-to-back games. Today, we just played well enough to lose."

Allegany was able to slash to the basket, getting past the Hawks and causing fouls. The lead see-sawed in the second half. Wendall Tomlin gave HCC a 56-55 lead with 7:06 remaining, right before the Trojans began their parade to the foul line.

James Fowler scored on a drive to tie the game at 60-60 with 4:35 remaining until Kashum Bynum hit one of two foul shots to give Allegany the lead it protected. The Hawks tried to stop the clock with fouls, but Allegany made them pay.

"Hagerstown isn't a big team," Kirk said. "They had to hold and tug. Our guys played hard. It wasn't pretty."

Allegany's Lamont Sides led all scorers with 25 points while Taylor finished with 19. Lionel Jackson topped HCC with 18 points and seven rebounds while Fowler added 17 points and seven boards. HCC hit 11 of 19 foul shots, all but one coming in the second half.

"If you're not getting to the foul line, it means that you are playing your offense aggressively," Brown said.

"They shot a lot of foul shots, but we had to foul them. We didn't shoot the ball that well and that didn't help."

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