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HCC survives in overtime

January 11, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Hagerstown Community College basketball coach Jim Brown concedes his Hawks have a long way to go.

On Monday, they were fortunate to have a longer time to get there, too.

Like the five extra minutes that come with overtime games. HCC scored off the overtime tip and added four more points in the first 22 seconds of the extra period to pull away from game, but outmanned CCAC-Allegheny for a 108-95 victory at the HCC athletic complex.

"Those extra five minutes made the game," Brown said. "(The Hawks) turned it up in the overtime. We did a lot of good things, but we made too many mistakes, mostly on defense."

Unfortunately for Allegheny, moral victories don't count on the record. The Cougars came to Hagerstown with only seven players and pushed the more athletic Hawks (10-4) to the breaking point.

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Allegheny came back for a 83-74 deficit in the final 1:28 of the regulation using defense, guts, timeouts and the long-range shooting of Ryan Litterini.

Litterini hit his seventh 3-point basket of the half with 1 second remaining to send the game into overtime.

Only then did the Hawks have the Cougars where they wanted them. HCC didn't roll past Allegheny in overtime as itoutnumbered them.

Allegheny had two players foul out and point guard Mike Sempice playing on an ankle he twisted with 9:53 remaining in regulation. With the obvious advantage, Brown was able to run his deep bench in continuously during the extra period to finally wear down and punch out the Cougars.

"I'm very proud of this team because it was really down after the loss Saturday (to Frederick)," Brown said. "It looked like that game was in our thought process early in this one. We're pleased with this overtime victory. We look athletic, but we are immature and impatient. We're not a good team right now."

Paul Michael on a drive off the overtime tip to give HCC the lead. The Hawks scored off its pressure, with a Brian Williams tip-in followed by another turnover and a pair of Corey Tabron foul shots for a 95-89 lead with 4:38 remaining.

Then HCC had demoralized the Cougars and pulled away. Delvin Anderson topped HCC with 24 points, including 14 of 18 from the foul line, while Tabron had 16.

"(Allegheny) didn't go away until the very end. They gave us their best shot, but they couldn't beat us," Brown said.

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