Hawks open season with an easy victory

November 06, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

If there's supposed to be a transition period when moving from high school basketball to the college game, nobody told David Miner.

The South Hagerstown High school graduate recorded a double-double in his first college contest, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as Hagerstown Community College beat Catonsville 74-54 in the first round of the NJCAA Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament at the HCC athletic complex on Friday.

Miner pulled down nine offensive rebounds and made four steals for the Hawks, who will face rival Allegany in the tournament title game today at 7 p.m.

The Trojans beat the Harford Owls 79-47 in Friday's first game.

Miner was pleased about the Hawks' season-opening win.

"It was good," Miner said. "We played a good team. We did what the coach said. We ran the floor and got easy buckets. We have been working hard in practice on rebounding and getting to the ball. You have got to play good defense in order to get good offense."


Derek Fields provided HCC with a spark off the bench by pouring in a game-high 23 points. Fields was 5 of 8 from 3-point range and grabbed seven rebounds.

Clif Carey scored nine points and Rayquan Miles pulled down nine rebounds for the young Hawks, who have 12 freshmen on their 15-man roster.

"We have an exciting bunch of young freshmen there," HCC coach Kenny Keyes said. "If we keep running and play good defense, then we can go a long way this season. For a bunch of freshmen, that was a great victory. The best part about this team is that I have got a big bench. We have still got to work on our conversion."

Tyronne Beale pumped in 25 points, while Josh Thomas and reserve Eric Bigby added 10 points each to help Allegany win its game.

Scott Spence led Harford with 16 points and four three-point field goals.

n The HCC women's basketball team will kick off a tripleheader today at the HCC athletic complex by opening its season against Northern Virginia at 3 p.m.

Harford will play Catonsville in the consolation game of the Region XX Hall of Fame tourney at 5, followed by Allegany and HCC in the championship game at 7.

HCC women's basketball coach Marlys Palmer will be inducted in the Region XX Hall of Fame following the championship game of the men's tournament.

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