Hawks' lineup still not set as season approaches

November 02, 2000

Hawks' lineup still not set as season approaches

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

One thing that can be said about Hagerstown Community College basketball.

When it starts the season, HCC makes it out to be an international event.

The Hawks kick off the 2000-01 season on Friday at 7 p.m., with a free admission exhibition game against Arvika, a touring Swedish national team, at the HCC athletic complex. The global opponent holds a world of importance to the Hawks in an evening of pomp and circumstances.

"This is the fourth week of practice and it is always the toughest one," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "They have been seeing and playing against each other every day. It gets old and they have trouble staying intense because they don't want to be hurting each other. We are all anxious to play. It's time to jump the ball up."

For being so anxious, Brown isn't ready to announce his starting five. With only three returning players, HCC will be displaying a gaudy amount of youth and inexperience on the floor.


"I have some tough decisions to make," Brown said. "I have to decide what the ability level of this club. This club's talent is so even, it will be tough to separate the top 10 players from the bottom five. We need to see some competition and who will play with comfort against the competition."

For now, Brown plans to start Hancock's Derek Hoffman at center with Corey Tabron at shooting guard and Eric Branham at point guard. Julius Gause and Brian Showers will start at the forward positions.

Hoffman and Tabron return from last season, putting them in the "lead by example" positions.

"Derek has some junior college experience," Brown said. "He can help get the younger kids relaxed for the games and help them set the tone."

Arvika will be playing their third game of a eight-game, nine-day tour of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. Arvika is a second division team in the European Leagues, vying to move up to the top level.

"We are going to be playing against some mature, international players," Brown said.

Arvika will feature a wide-open attack with any of its 10 players, including the postmen, stepping out to shoot from 3-point range. It features a fast-paced, running offense, much like the one HCC will be playing.

Sweden will be led by 5-foot-8 guard Daniel Back, the point guard and team leader. Centers Christian Knutsson (6-8) and Fredrik Viklund (6-7) are strong in the post, a part of the game that is an unknown commodity for HCC.

The event is sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Washington County, which will open the gates for the free game. Afterwards, the Rotary Club will sponsor a dinner to honor the Swedish team and local exchange students and their sponsoring families. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the gate.

There will also be a Region XX Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Former Potomac State women's basketball coach Dr. Sandy Elmore and Allegany College baseball coach Steve Bazarnic will be the Class of 2000.

But before the ceremonies, it's business for the Hawks.

"It's really all about getting started," Brown said. "You are going to see the best guard play that we have had in the 22 years I have been here. It's about getting the players used to each other and playing before a crowd and it's about the fans getting to know our players."

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