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North Hagerstown graduates Clif Carey and Tavis Green stepped up to lead Hagerstown Community College to its first win of 2003 W

North Hagerstown graduates Clif Carey and Tavis Green stepped up to lead Hagerstown Community College to its first win of 2003 W

January 09, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

It was a day to celebrate for Hagerstown Community College basketball coach Kenny Keyes.

It started out being a Wednesday like any other. It ended up the day two wings from Hagerstown got their wings as Hawks.

It was the coming-out party for Clif Carey and Tavis Green, a pair of North Hagerstown products who showed improvement after a solid week of extra work to combined for seven of HCC's 10 3-pointers, fueling the Hawks' 89-64 runaway from Montgomery-Germantown.

"Both those boys from Hagerstown did well," Keyes said, almost gushing because he too is a former Hub. "They stepped up and started hitting shots. That's what Hawks do."

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The entire HCC team needed a refresher course of "what Hawks do" after the holiday weekend.

After losing the first game of the new year at Chesapeake, Keyes decided HCC needed extra work to work off a wobbly start and the extra fruitcake of the holiday season. The flaws of the Hawks' inside game continued to be exposed while the outside shooting was lacking.

And it showed Wednesday, starting in the first half.

"Things started going once Carey started hitting the 3s," Keyes said. "That's the difference the extra work makes. For the last week, we have been having two-a-day practices. They have been coming in at 11 a.m. and shooting 200 jumpers and 50 foul shots and then coming back at 4 for practice."

HCC (6-8) nursed a 13-12 lead after the first seven minutes of the game before Carey and Andre Brooks teamed to give the Hawks a working margin.

Carey hit two of his three 3s while Brooks added seven points - including his only trey - during a 17-6 run over a 6 1/2-minute span to give HCC a 30-18 lead.

Montgomery-Germantown continued to work back into the game, using a number of defenses including a halfcourt zone trap and a 1-2-2 set that bothered the Hawks. The Gryphons edged two within four points of the lead three times, but its inability to make foul shots kept them from overtaking HCC.

Montgomery's final charge sputtered with 11 minutes remaining as Joe Loveless missed two foul shots when the Gryphons were 57-52, all but lobbing momentum back to HCC.

The Hawks solved Montgomery's defenses and turned the game into playtime, closing out the game with a 32-12 flurry, led by Green with three of his four 3s.

Carey, Brooks and Thomas Johnson finished with 18 points each while Green finished with 12. Marcus Fisher had 21 and Loveless added 20 - mostly in the paint - to top the Gryphons.

"We are small on the inside and we need to shoot the ball to help them out," Keyes said. "If we can get Jay (Wingate) to shoot like he did at the beginning of the year and we will be in good shape."

Hagerstown CC 89 Montgomery-Germantown 64


MONTGOMERY-GERMANTOWN (64)

Tarpley 1 2-4 4, London 1 1-2 4, Grammont 1 0-0 2, Thomas 2 2-3 6, Navarro 2 0-0 5, Fisher 6 9-15 21, Foster 1 0-0 2, Loveless 1- 0-4 20. Totals 24 14-28 64.

HAGERSTOWN COM. COLLEGE (89)

Lee 1 0-1 2, Wingate 1 0-0 2, Rexson 2 4-4 9, Carey 7 1-2 18, Brooks 6 4-4 18, Green 4 0-0 12, Simic 1 0-0 2, Johnson 9 0-2 18, Gaddy 4 0-0 8. Totals 35 9-18 89.

Halftime - HCC 43, Montgomery-Germantown 37. Three-point goals - Montgomery-Germantown 2 (London, Navarro), HCC 10 (Green 4, Carey 3, Brooks 2, Kenley). Fouled Out - Fisher, Brooks, Lee.

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