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Allegany powers past HCC

March 04, 2001

Allegany powers past HCC



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The coaching profession is great for cliches. In basketball, one of the favorite is "offense wins games, defense wins league titles and rebounding wins championships."

On Sunday, Allegany College had 50 rebounds to Hagerstown Community College's 30 in the Region XX Division I championship game. 'Nuff said.

The Trojans did another inside job on HCC, leaning on burly pivotman Terry Taylor for 27 points and 15 rebounds to outmuscle the Hawks in a 90-70 victory for the region title at the HCC athletic complex.

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Taylor was an inside force with his power moves around the basket that HCC (27-5) couldn't contain. Even when the Hawks committed all five players in the paint to stop Taylor, then Allegany hit from the outside to ruin the strategy to end HCC's 11-game winning streak.

"Terry Taylor ... he's just unbelievable," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "He's a great player that can play in any conference in the country. He's patient and he takes his time to get the job done. We decided we needed to shut him down ... we didn't do a very good job of that. Then everything fell right in line."

If anything, HCC got a moral victory out of the game. The Hawks were able to keep the Trojans in site, playing them to a 36-31 deficit at the intermission, compared to the 19-point mountain HCC was forced to climb in a 105-67 pasting on Jan. 21.

Still, Allegany had a 27-16 advantage on the backboards, including a 14-4 edge on the offensive glass. The Trojans got their spurt to open the second half, scoring the first five points - including three by Taylor - to post a 41-31 lead.

"We knew coming in that Hagerstown is a 3-point shooting team. They drive and kick out the ball, drive and kick. Sometime you play great on defense against teams like that and it doesn't look like it," Allegany coach Bob Kirk said.

"I thought we did a good job on them defensively. It was just a great team game four us and a great job on the boards. I thought Terry did a great job and Ryan Randle played a great game, especially rebounding and with blocked shots. We got rebounds from everyone on the team."

Taylor was a menace to HCC in the first meeting, too, accounting for 25 points.

Allegany built a 70-55 lead with eight minutes remaining, forcing Brown to call timeout. After the break, the Hawks returned to a more pressing, trapping style of defense to bother the Trojans and clime to within 80-70 with 1:59 left.

But HCC's comeback ended when Allegany scored the last 10 points, including a pair of 3-point baskets by former St. Maria Goretti star Lee Green, who finished with 11 points.

The loss spoiled a yeoman's effort by HCC's Eric Branham, who tried to carry the Hawks. Branham finished with 25 points, including five 3s. The Hawks hit just 8 of 30 3-pointers against Allegany, compared to 9 of 22 against Garrett during Saturday's semifinal victory.

The Hawks take the improvement from a 38-point shellacking to a 20-point loss, which was a lot closer in a lot of ways, into next week's district tournament in Cumberland, Md., against representatives from Regions XXII and XVI. The winner of that tournament, which could include a third game against Allegany, will advance to the NJCAA nationals in Hutchinson, Kan.

"We haven't caught them on an even playing field yet," Brown said. "They are just a good team and they are the type of team that we'd have to play our absolute best to beat. But right now, we have to worry about the first game of the districts, not Allegany, but it would be fun to play them again."

Allegany 90, HCC 70



ALLEGANY COLLEGE (90)

Randle 5-14 0-0 10, Towe 1-3 1-2 2, Taylor 11-19 5-5 27, Wallace 7-14 7-10 22, Ross 3-4 0-1 6, Green 3-8 2-2 11, Riddick 1-3 0-0 3, Smith 1-2 0-1 2, Johnson 0-0 2-2 2, Godwin 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 34-70 17-23 90.

HCC (90)

Gause 0-6 0-0 0, Jennings 3-7 1-2 7, Goodman 1-2 4-5 6, Tabron 4-9 0-0 10, Branham 9-16 2-3 25, DeShields 4-9 0-1 9, Handy 2-8 1-2 5, Gaddy 3-8 0-0 6, Hoffman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-67 8-13 70.

Halftime - Allegany 36, Hagerstown 31. Three-point goals - Allegany 5-12 (Green 3, Riddick 1-2, Wallace 1-4, Towe 0-1), HCC 8-30 (Branham 5-11, Tabron 2-5, DeShields 1-6, Handy 0-3, Gause 0-5).

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