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Hawks win season opener over Baltimore

November 08, 2003|by JACK HILL III

Hagerstown Community College basketball coach Kenny Keyes won't exactly be bragging about the Hawks' season opener.

About the only satisfying thing about the whole experience was the Hawks pulled out a 74-68 win over Baltimore Friday night in the first round of the Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

"We had first-game jitters," Keyes said. "We made 21 turnovers, we missed 25 layups in the paint and we still came away with a win. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. If you play that ugly and win, it must be a sign of a good team."

Baltimore cut HCC's lead to 61-58 with 7 1/2 minutes left, forcing Keyes to call timeout. He found a remedy in the break as the Hawks outscored the Red Devils 7-2 over the next 4 1/2 minutes to build a 68-60 lead. Baltimore got no closer than four points the rest of the way.

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"We go into a 2-1-2 defense with 7 1/2 minutes left and that is when they stopped making their shots," Keyes said. "We were able to hit the glass and get the key rebounds. That must have did it, since we weren't hitting our shots from the field or the foul line."

The Hawks featured a balanced scoring attack with Terrell Kittelberger and Rexson Kenley leading four players in double figures with 13 points each. Andre Brooks added 11 points and Thomas Johnson had 10 points for HCC (1-0).

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