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Hawks get done quickly

February 20, 2002

Hawks get done quickly



By BOB PARASILITI
bobp@herald-mail.com

HCC 107
Takoma Park 72

MONTGOMERY-TAKOMA PARK (72)

Fawehinmi 1 0-0 2, Blackman 3 0-0 6, Knight 5 0-2 13, Jackson 5 4-6 15, Varfley 0 0-0 0, Nelson 3 0-1 7, Sharper 0 2-2 2, Scott 7 3-4 17, Olive 0 0-0 0, Gebreyesus 5 0-0 10. Totals 29 9-15 72.

HAGERSTOWN (107)

Walker 3 1-2 7, Minor 3 0-0 6, Wingate 3 0-0 7, Picard 0 0-0 0, Kittelberger 4 1-2 10, Bennett 2 0-0 6, Jennings 5 0-0 11, Batista 3 3-4 10, Draughn 5 3-3 13, Goodman 7 0-0 14, Hargrove 10 2-3 23. Totals 45 10-14 107.

Halftime - HCC 62, Takoma Park 35. Three-point baskets - Takoma Park 5 (Knight 3, Jackson, Nelson), HCC 7 (Bennett 2, Wingate, Kittelberger, Jennings, Batista, Hargrove).

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The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team played a game it really didn't want to play on Tuesday, but the Hawks got their exercise by taking a stroll through Takoma Park.

HCC jumped out to an early 11-0 lead and scored 35 of the first 37 points of the game to run off Takoma Park 107-72 in the opening round of the Maryland JuCo Conference tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

"We wanted to get the early lead, put them away and let everyone play to get a feel for what the tournament is like for Friday," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "We got the lead early and ended up winning by about what we started with in the end. There was no way we were going to be able to keep that up for the entire game."

The Hawks (22-5) made quick work of a Takoma Park team they beat 90-64 two weeks ago, but wouldn't lay down at the end.

It took HCC all of four seconds to end the scoreless tie. Another 2:41 to build the 11-0 lead before Yohannes Gerbreyesus, who scored 37 against HCC the last time, scored Montgomery's first points. Then it was 24-0 run over the next 5:38 that took all the amusement out of Park.

Jernavis Draughn scored eight of his 13 points in the opening flurry while Mark Jennings added seven of his 11.

"That was an awesome barrage of offensive play," Brown said. "All of our artillery came in the way we wanted."

It was more than enough to allow HCC ease into the quarterfinal round. Brown, who was upset the Hawks were forced to play in the first round instead of getting a bye with a No. 2 seeding, got the easy opener he wanted.

HCC advances to meet the winner of tonight's game between No. 7 Prince George's and No. 10 Harford on Friday at 1 p.m. at Frederick Community College.

After HCC put on its early show, Takoma Park showed up to play. Montgomery outscored the Hawks 20-9 over the next 4 1/2 minutes to crawl within 22 points, 44-22, to give some semblence that a ballgame was still being played. HCC shook off the challenge for a 62-35 halftime lead.

Darius Hargrove led HCC with 23 points while Jerome Goodman added 14 and Rocky Batista had 10 in his first game back from an injury. Eddie Scott led Takoma Park with 17 while Gebreyesus was held to 10.

"I'm glad (Takoma Park) got back into the game," Brown said. "I like the way they did it and it's good sign for (coach) Russ (Alexander), who will try to get them ready to win the Division III region title. I feel good about the way we stayed in there, too. The biggest thing is we were patient on offense and worked the ball to the inside."

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