Timeout, halftime break lift Hawks past Takoma Park

January 11, 2001

Timeout, halftime break lift Hawks past Takoma Park

HCC over Takoma Park

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

When Hagerstown Community College men's basketball coach Jim Brown is really in the zone, he is a man with hair like his personality - short and to the point.


He fumes, he fusses, he prowls the sidelines folding and refolding his discarded jacket. When he calls a timeout, he is player specific with his admonishments demanding precise execution of his instructions.

Brown only called one timeout during HCC's 133-88 trouncing of Montgomery-Takoma Park Wednesday night at the HCC athletic complex.

The Hawks made it count.

"We came out and simply played much too casual for my tastes," Brown said. "These guys need to realize that people are going to be gunning for them. Coaches will point to beating us as a win that will make their season."


Takoma Park certainly fit that mold. Right from the start, the Falcons pushed HCC on both offense and defense as they mixed matchup zones with full court pressure to keep the Hawks within range.

The Falcons cut the lead to three with just over four minutes left in the first half, and Brown's frustration boiled over into an animated timeout in which he aimed to set things straight.

"I was honestly angry with them at that point," Brown said. "Basically I told them we would start doing things the way we knew how - and we would do them right now."

The Hawks (14-2) responded by pushing the lead out to nine by the half despite the efforts of Takoma Park's Bryant Hunt, who finished with 41 points.

"(Hunt) is the best shooter we have seen by far." Brown said. "He is definitely someone who can change the complexion of a game."

The Hawks did their best Hunt impersonation as a team in the second half, opening with a 29-4 run to lead, 92-58. Corey Tabron and Brandon DeShields led the rout, scoring almost at will in close.

Tabron ended the game with 24 points while DeShields had 27. Every HCC player scored - seven were in double digits.

"We shot the ball well." Brown said. "I told them, if we play every game like we played those last 20 minutes, it won't be much fun playing Hagerstown the rest of this season."

Eric Branham had 15 assists for HCC while Jerome Goodman pulled down 13 rebounds.

HCC 133, Takoma Park 88

Montgomery-Takoma Park (88)

Blackman 5 1-2 13, Huynh 5 0-0 12, Jerome 4 2-4 10, Stamos 1 1-4 3, Hunt 16 5-6 41, Fox 3 2-6 8, Kimbrough 0 1-5 1. Totals 33 12-27 88.

HCC (133)

Branham 4 4-6 14, Hoffman 4 0-0 8, Tabron 9 3-4 24, DeShields 12 0-2 27, Gaddy 5 1-2 11, Gause 8 0-0 17, Goodman 5 0-1 10, Handy 2 2-2 6, Jennings 6 0-0 12, Waller 2 0-0 4. Totals 57 10-17 133.

Halftime - HCC 63, Takoma Park 54. Three-point goals - HCC 9 (Tabron 3, DeShields 3, Branham 2, Gause), Takoma Park 8 (Hunt 4, Blackman 2, Huynh 2). Fouled out - Huynh.

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