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HCC loses again to Allegany

March 11, 2001

HCC loses again to Allegany



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Allegany 92, HCC 71



HCC (71)

Tabron 3 0-0 9, Branham 4 4-5 14, Handy 4 3-3 13, Gause 1 0-0 2, Goodman 1 0-1 2, Gaddy 6 6-6 18, DeShields 5 1-3 13. Totals 24 14-18 71.

ALLEGANY COLLEGE (92)

Riddick 1 0-0 3, Wallace 2 4-4 9, Smith 5 5-6 15, Green 1 2-2 4, Ross 1 2-2 5, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Towe 5 2-2 14, Randle 2 0-0 4, Taylor 15 3-9 33, Godwin 1 1-1 3. 34 19-26 92.

Halftime - Allegany 49, HCC 36. Three-point goals - HCC 9 (Tabron 3, Branham 2, Handy 2, DeShields 2), Allegany 5 (Towe 2, Ross, Riddick, Wallace).

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CUMBERLAND, Md. - Hagerstown Community College used its bag of tricks on Sunday. The only problem is they forgot the rabbit.

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That left the Hawks without anything to pull out of their hats.

HCC failed the mystify Allegany College for the third time this season as the Trojans kept up to their old tricks. Namely, that's pumping the ball inside to center Terry Taylor, who scored 33 points in a 92-71 victory at Trojan Square Garden to hand Allegany the Northeast District III title and another trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

HCC went after Allegany's strength and tried to mix it up with the 6-foot-7, 260-pound Taylor in the paint. The Hawks sent 6-8 Derek Hoffman in to do the dirty work of fronting Taylor and jockeying for position. It had limited success, especially after Hoffman was whistled for three fouls in a 2-minute, 15-second span.

"You dream about beating a team that is as overpowering as they are," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "We knew we had to control Taylor because we weren't going to stop him ... he got so many loose balls today. Derek was the only one who had the size to take him. He did everything he could, but when he got three fouls, that's when they took the lead."

Despite HCC's attempts to even the game, Allegany didn't flinch. In fact, the Trojans stood steadfast and stonefaced, patiently keeping with their system.

"We thought Jim would try something like that. (Terry) has been playing so well against them ... They had to do something after we beat them two games at their place by a total of 60 points. They tried to disrupt us, but we practice the same way everyday. We emphasize structure and discipline, so it didn't bother us for long."

Taylor scored 19 of his game-high 33 points in the first half, all on power moves to the basket. He had scored 25 and 27 points in the first two meetings with HCC - a total of 85 for the three games - in Allegany's wins of 38, 20 and 21 points.

"We had played them twice already and I knew there would try something, but I wasn't worried," Taylor said. "I just wanted to get rebounds and score points."

HCC took the flow away from Allegany's offense early to stay in the game. The Hawks tied the game at 21-21 on an Eric Branham drive with 9:28 to go in the first half. Allegany followed with a 19-6 run - including seven points by Taylor and six by Terrell Ross - to pull away to a 42-27 lead.

"When they were up by seven, we tried to control the ball and turned it over three straight times," Brown said. "They turned it into a 13-point lead. That turned it around."

The Hawks would only get as close as 10 points the rest of the way as Allegany extended its defense to cut off HCC's 3-point shots while keeping a close watch on Branham.

"Their guards are quick and we wanted to keep them in front of us," Kirk said. "I wanted to run our stuff ... not do anything special. Our guys executed. We've been able to do that here for 30 years."

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