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HCC Men cruise past Dundalk

February 10, 2001|By BOB PARASILITI

HCC Men cruise past Dundalk



As usual, Hagerstown Community College's men's basketball game came complete with a laugh track.

The Hawks' games in the Maryland JuCo Conference continued to be one of the longest running sitcoms. And if there was a Neilsen rating, it should have been yanked off the air a long time ago.

Saturday was the latest in a long line of useless, uncompetitive blowouts that have cropped up over the years when HCC closed the first half with a 39-6 run en route to a 112-43 walloping of Community College of Baltimore-Dundalk before the usual cult following at the HCC athletic complex.

"We can't gain anything from this," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "It's a win. The Maryland JuCo Conference has to look at this format of everyone playing each other. There isn't the interest any more at certain schools. The league has diminished and there is too much difference between the big schools and the little schools."

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It didn't take long to start the canned laughs, especially those of the players sitting on HCC's bench.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dundalk dressed six players (Tee-hee-hee).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The turning point may have been when the Lions put the key in the ignition of the van. (Ha-ha-ha). The game was over once the Hawks decided to actually play.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> HCC actually trailed 13-12 with 11:26 left in the first half (Snicker, snicker).

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Dundalk was undermanned, overmatched and out of luck after HCC (24-4) called a timeout (Har-har-har). Gibront Gaddy hit a pair of layups followed by a pair of 3-pointers by Corey Tabron - who was one of four Hawks playing in their final home game - to start the run to turn the game from a chuckler into a full fledged belly-laugher.

"Once we got in sync, it was over," Brown said. "I started all the sophomores and that threw things off. Once we got our regulars in, things got going."

And once HCC got in sync, Dundalk was down the drain.

HCC started the second half with a 28-6 run, leaving more mystery in the outcome of an episode of Friends.

The Hawks had six players in double figures, led by Tabron's 19, including four 3s. Jerome Goodman had 14 points and 16 rebounds while Gaddy added 12 points and 13 boards.

"I liked the progress of some of our players, like Shawn Waller, who found himself and Goodman and Mark Jennings on the inside," Brown said. "I just have to give Dundalk credit for holding that club together to the end of the half."

HCC 112, Dundalk 43

DUNDALK (43)

Brown 2 2-4 7, Preston 5 7-9 17, Byrd 5 1-3 11, Bailey 3 0-1 6, Dupri 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 12-18 43.

HAGERSTOWN COM. COLLEGE (112)

Tabron 7 1-1 19, Branham 3 2-4 9, Handy 4 0-0 9, DeShields 3 2-2 8, Gause 7 0-0 15, Jennings 6 2-2 14, Goodman 7 0-2 14, Gaddy 5 2-6 12. Totals 46 12-21 112.

Halftime - HCC 47, Dundalk 16. Three-point goals - Dundalk 1 (Brown), HCC 7 (Tabron 4, Branham 2, Handy, Gause). Fouled out - HCC: Hoffman.

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