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Beating Swedish tram no sweat for Hawks

November 03, 2000

Beating Swedish tram no sweat for Hawks



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


The Hagerstown Community College basketball team has ironed out a new wrinkle this season.

It's a plan to take the steam out of their opponents.

The Hawks used their new formula of controlled mayhem - a combination of pressure defense and aggressive offense - to sweat the Sweden National Team, 120-67 Friday in the seventh annual international men's basketball game at the HCC athletic complex.

"We've been saying pressure busts pipes," guard Eric Branham said. "We turned up the pressure on them and it wore them down. Coach (Jim Brown) keeps telling us that if we can take their legs, we can take them out."

HCC made short work of Arvika, which was playing its third consecutive game in its eight-game, nine-day tour of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia. The Hawks started with an uptempo attack but showed the ability to wear Sweden down with some halfcourt grinding.

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"We shot the ball well and we were intense on defense," Brown said. "That's our secret. This team can use good halfcourt execution that can really break down a defense."

HCC took control of the exhibition in the final 10 minutes of the first half. That's where the Hawks had Sweden looking for a sauna and the point guard tandem of Branham and Bayi Handy took over.

Arvika scratched to within 23-20 until Handy and Branham scored 15 of HCC's next 18 points to stake the Hawks to a 41-25 lead. HCC was on its way to a 55-30 halftime lead by holding Sweden to seven foul shots and no baskets in the last 9:14 of the half.

"Our point guards and 2s (shooting guards) played well, but we expect them to," Brown said. "My biggest surprise is how well the inside guys played. They held their own, but they will get better."

HCC placed six players in double figures, led by Brandon DeShields with 16 points while Jerome Goodman, Corey Tabron and Dominic Crutchfield finished with 14 each. Sweden's Shon Crosby led all scorers with 31 points.

"That team lost to a Division I team (Loyola of Baltimore) by only 20 points (Thursday)," Brown said. "We weren't running up the score. It pleases me that we were able to do this."

HCC 120, Sweden 67


ARVIKA SWEDISH NATIONAL (67)

Back 2 2-5 7, Jensen 1 4-7 7, Sotterman 0 0-2 0, Steffansson 1 0-0 3, Crosby 9 10-14 31, Terning 2 0-2 4, Lindahl 0 1-2 1, Larsson 0 1-2 1, Knutsson 3 1-2 7, Viklund 2 2-7 6. Totals 20 21-43 67.

HAGERSTOWN JR. COLLEGE (120)

Tabron 5 2-4 14, Crutchfield 5 2-2 14, Branham 5 0-0 12, Handy 3 3-4 9, DeShields 6 1-2 16, Gause 4 1-2 10, Jenning 2 2-3 6, McKnight 2 0-0 4, Goodman 7 0-1 14, Gaddy 3 0-0 6, Brennan 1 0-0 2, Lumpkin 1 0-0 2, Hoffman 1 0-0 3, Showers 3 2-2 8. Totals 48 13-20 120.

Halftime - HCC 55, Sweden 30. Three-point goals - Sweden 6 (Crosby 3, Steffansson, Jensen, Back), HCC 11 (DeShields 3, Tabron 2, Crutchfield 2, Branham 2, Gause, Hoffman). Fouled out - Hoffman.

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