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Hawks breeze to win

November 15, 2000

Hawks breeze to win



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


The Armed Forces should take lessons from the Hagerstown Community College basketball team.

The Hawks crippled another opponent on the ground, knocked it out with a calculated air attack before making one last charge to gain surrender.

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HCC wore Harford with its defense and took over the game in the final minute of the first half with three consecutive 3-point goals. Then a final thrust with a combination of pressing defense forced the Owls to run up the white flag Wednesday in a 134-85 rout at the HCC athletic complex.

"Those three baskets seemed to jumpstart us," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "Then we changed our defense in the second half and it confused them and we got a lot of steals."

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HCC (3-0) was in the need of a jump start though. Well, maybe at least a little nudge.

The Hawks rushed out to a 33-17 lead and then hit a lull. They maintained the double-digit lead, but didn't look crisp. An extended defense kept Harford busy, but HCC failed to capitalize on its open shots and steals to sent everyone home in time for The West Wing.

Then HCC launched the assault.

Corey Tabron buried a 3 out of the left corner with 44 seconds remaining. Thirty seconds later, Bayi Handy hit another trey from the same spot. By the time Tabron closed the flurry with a 3 off the right wing with eight seconds left, the Hawks were heading to the lockerroom with a 55-35 halftime lead.

"Once we hit those, it started the momentum," said Tabron, 8 of 14 in 3-point tries this season. "And once the momentum started, everyone got going. Anyone on this team can start the momentum for us. It just happened to be my turn today."

HCC used its quickness in the second half to steal everything but Harford's sweat socks. The Hawks' lead ballooned to 84-47 in the first six minutes of the second half.

Then it was mop-up time.

Brandon DeShields led HCC with 19 points, including three of the Hawks' 10 3-pointers. Handy finished with 15 points and 12 assists while Julius Gause finished with 14 points. Tabron scored 13.

Harford had a 9-0 run during the last two minutes of the game, but it only chipped HCC's lead down to 45.

"We were really pleased with the second half," Brown said. "We only had one letdown and it was in the final 2 1/2 minutes. That's good for Harford. It will give them something to feel good about heading into the next time they play."

HCC 134, Harford 85


HARFORD C.C. (85)

Holley 1 4-6 7, Robinson 2 0-0 4, Hawkins 4 0-1 8, Booker 7 0-1 13, Abdul-Adi 0 0-0 0, Putney 3 5-6 11, Regester 6 1-1 14, Gatling 5 3-4 14, Rodriguez 2 4-4 8, Askew 1 2-4 4. Totals 31 19-27 85.

HAGERSTOWN C.C. (134)

Tabron 5 2-2 13, Crutchfield 4 1-2 10, Branham 2 2-2 7, Handy 3 8-8 15, DeShields 7 2-5 19, Waller 1 0-0 2, Gause 5 3-3 14, Jenning 2 2-4 6, McKnight 2 1-2 5, Goodman 3 0-0 6, Gaddy 5 0-1 10, Brennan 4 0-0 8, Lumpkin 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 1 2-2 4, Showers 6 1-3 13. Totals 50 24-34 134.

Halftime - HCC 55, Harford 35. Three-point goals - Harford 4 (Holley, Booker, Regester, Gatling), HCC 10 (DeShields 3, Tabron 2, Crutchfield, Branham, Handy, Gause).

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