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HCC faces 6-man team, wins by 51

January 24, 2002

HCC faces 6-man team, wins by 51



By BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team added to the list of headlines which can be considered fact on Wednesday night.

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To go along with "Dog bites man" and "Death, taxes are only things for certain," tack on "HCC faces 6-man team, wins by 51."

The Hawks performed in their usual fashion against most Maryland JuCo Conference teams that don't start with Allegany. HCC used its 11-man roster to the fullest and came at under-represented Harford in waves to wash away the Owls by a 100-49 count at HCC's athletic complex.

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It could have and should have been worse, but HCC coach Jim Brown was satisfied with the outcome.

"We have just had three or four straight ballgames where we have shot the ball unbelievably," Brown said. "I always say if you want to cure your ailments, shoot the ball well."

That, and outman the opposition 2-to-1. Harford would have had a better chance against HCC if it would have been a barber-shop quartet contest. At least they would have had two substitutes to use.

The Hawks took total control of a loosely officiated game, obviously done to prevent Harford from playing a 2-none-2 zone and keep the game from becoming even more of a farce.

Pure and simple, HCC outmanned, outran, outshot and outscored Harford as the Owls' game went to the outhouse. There was more competition in Tuesday's Tyson-Lewis news conference.

The Hawks built a 54-26 lead at the half before opening the second half with a 8-0 run. Harford tried but couldn't revive its hopes from the flatline with a 13-7 run to get within 30, 69-39. HCC later compensated with a 21-0 run just for good measure.

Mark Jennings led HCC with 19 points and Darius Hargrove added 15 in another one of decisive conference wins.

"We just have to play through the weak part of the schedule like everyone else does," Brown said. "We play a style with pressure that if you play with minimal numbers, it usually takes their legs out of the shooting. I'm proud of these guys because a foolish team would have been selfish ... this team stayed within the team concept."

HCC 100, Harford 49


HARFORD COMM. COLL. (49)

Robinson 0 2-7 2, Gatling 8 3-6 20, Norris 0 2-2 2, Dublin 4 3-6 11, Kress 3 1-2 7, Story 3 0-0 7. Totals 18 11-23 49.

HAGERSTOWN COMM. COLL. (100)

Minor 4 0-0 8, Wingate 2 0-0 5, Kittlelberger 2 2-2 6, Braxton 2 0-0 5, Bennett 3 2-2 9, Thompson 6 0-0 12, Jennings 8 3-6 19, Batista 2 0-0 4, Draughn 5 3-6 13, Goodman 2 0-0 4, Hargrove 6 2-2 15. Totals 42 12-18 100.

Halftime-HCC 54, Harford 26. Three-point goals-Harford 2 (Gatling, Story), HCC 4 (Wingate, Braxton, Bennett, Hargrove).

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