HCC just misses win against Allegany

March 04, 2002|BY BOB PARASILITI

The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team spent 40 minutes doing everything humanly possible to win a regional championship.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the title game lasted 45 minutes.

Allegany College, which came within on shot and three seconds of elimination, hit three consecutive 3-pointers in the first two minutes of overtime Sunday to wrestle the Region XX Division I title away from the Hawks by a 81-73 count at the HCC athletic complex.

Only bad luck and nerves kept the Hawks from upsetting the nation's No. 8-ranked JuCo team for the second time in five weeks.

Darius Hargrove, who missed the front of two critical one-and-one chances, unloaded a wide-open 3-pointer with three seconds remaining, only to fall to the ground in disbelief when the shot went halfway through the hoop before backing itself out to allow the overtime.


"We could not have played any better than we did today," HCC coach Jim Brown said. "(Allegany) proved who was the best team today. They beat us three straight times, so they deserve to be going to the nationals. I was really pleased with the way we played in the second half. We missed that shot at the end, but we missed two big one-and-ones. That was the difference."

It was a small difference only magnified by Allegany's monumental trio of 3s. Hargrove gave HCC only this third lead of the game at 58-55 with a 3-pointer off the left wing with 1:01 remaining. Thirty seconds later with Allegany fouling desperately to conserve the clock, put Hargrove on the line for the first miss.

Allegany (29-2) took the rebound and set up a layup for tournament MVP Troy Godwin to tie the game at 58-58 with 16 seconds remaining. After the Trojans burned their final timeout, HCC worked the ball down the right sideline and cut across the middle to Hargrove, who got everything out of his shot but the points.

"It's tough," Allegany coach Bob Kirk said. "We have lost a lot of games like that. It has happened to us before. You have to give (our) guys a lot of credit."

The Trojans aggressively attacked HCC and the basket in the extra period, trying to end the game quickly. Trello Galloway buried a 3 off the right wing with 4:17 remaining to give Allegany the lead.

Hargrove returned to the line 12 seconds later, missing the second foul shot. Allegany took the rebound and worked to give Shawn Wiggins a screened 3 from the top of the key for a six-point lead. Erik Willis capped the onslaught with a deep 3 from the left side over a pair of Hawk defenders.

In a matter of 1 minute, 49 seconds, Allegany went from nearly losing and ending their season to a commanding 67-58 lead and on the verge of returning to next week's district tournament in New York.

"We did the same thing that we were doing all along ... we didn't change," Kirk said. "We were consistent. The kids know the system and they showed maturity and confidence. We tried not to change a thing."

Galloway capped the 11-0 run to start the overtime with a pair of foul shots to give the Trojans a 69-58 lead that HCC never overcame, despite some 3-point heroics by Maurice Bennett.

The two teams battled through the deliberately paced first half as HCC held Allegany without a basket for 8 minutes, 12 seconds but only managed to turn a seven-point deficit into a 25-25 tie. The Trojans managed a 29-27 halftime lead.

Both teams turned up the defense in the second half, but Allegany got the rebounding edge to overcome 25 turnovers. Erik Wills scored four of the Trojans' first six points of the second half to push the lead to 35-27.

Allegany maintained the edge until the Hawks defense slowed the Trojans again, this time with a 14-2 run over 6 1/2 minutes to give HCC it's first lead at 51-47 with 5:39 remaining on regulation. Anthony Thompson ignited the run with eight points, including the layup for the lead.

But when was all over, it came down to the last minute of regulation.

Godwin, a 6-foot-6, 305-pound center, finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds while Jamar Smith added 12 points and 17 boards and Galloway had 12 points and 16 rebounds as Allegany dominated the glass. Thompson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for HCC.

"I know when I look at the second-half stats, it will show that we didn't shoot a good percentage. When you don't shoot a good percentage, you have to have a lot of things go your way to win."

HCC (73)

Picard 0-6 0-0 0, Thompson 11-17 0-0 22, Jennings 2-7 0-0 4, Draughn 4-13 3-4 11, Hargrove 4-20 2-4 12, Minor 0-0 0-0 0, Kittelberger 3-6 1-1 7, Bennett 3-8 1-3 9, Goodman 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 31-82 7-12 73.


Willis 5-14 2-8 15, Smith 6-16 0-0 12, Galloway 4-6 3-4 12, Wiggins 3-10 1-2 9, Godwin 13-22 3-6 29, Jones 0-0 0-2 0, Mickens 0-0 0-0 0, Snyder 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 32-70 10-24 80.

Halftime - Allegany 29, HCC 27. Regulation - Allegany 58, HCC 58. Three-point baskets - HCC 4-20 (Bennett 2-6, Hargrove 2-7, Picard 0-5, Jennings 0-1, Kittelberger 0-1), Allegany 6-19 (Wills 3-10, Wiggins 2-6, Galloway 1-1, Smith 0-1, Snyder 0-1). Rebounds - HCC 43 (Thompson 11), Allegany 60 (Smith 17). Assists - HCC 15 (Hargrove, Picard 4), Allegany 22 (Wiggins 6). Turnovers - HCC 13, Allegany 25. Total fouls - HCC 21, Allegany 18. Fouled out - Godwin.

All-Region XX Tournament Team

Kortaa Hall, Garrett

Jamar Smith, Allegany

Darius Hargrove, HCC

Erik Wills, Allegany

Anthony Thompson, HCC

Most Valuable Player

Troy Godwin, Allegany

All-Region XX Team

Jamar Smith, Allegany

Darius Hargrove, HCC

Kortaa Hall, Garrett

Jonae Harrington, Garrett

Eric Wills, Allegany

Troy Godwin, Allegany

Mark Jennings, HCC

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