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Seahawks see Hawks to the door

February 27, 2005|BY TIM KOELBLE

Two-thirds of the way through the second half, Hagerstown Community College coach Kenny Keyes stood on the sideline watching Cecil Community College work the shot clock down toward zero.

As Cecil missed a shot, no HCC player was around to rebound and Cecil had an easy putback, leaving Keyes with nothing to do but turn away, eyes downward and head shaking.

He, along with those assembled for the semifinals of the Maryland JuCo Tournament at the HCC athletic complex, was witnessing Cecil methodically take apart the Hawks 95-66 to reach today's championship game.

The Hawks beat Cecil on Jan. 19, the only blemish on the Seahawks record in 28 games this season.

"The first time we played them I was sick and I think my players fed off me," said Cecil coach Bill Lewit. "(HCC) played really well that night."

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As well as HCC played then, it was Cecil's turn to return the favor.

The Seahawks hit 56 percent from the floor to get their first victory over HCC since the 2000 conference tournament. The Hawks made just 38 percent of their shots.

"It was the other way around before," said Keyes. "They might have shot worse the first time than we did tonight."

Coming off of Friday's tough victory over Allegany Community College, the Hawks had little left in their legs.

"We were just too tired," Keyes said. "Allegany took a lot out of us. We weren't the same team out there. We had no energy, no legs."

"We even had a pancake breakfast, all-you-can-eat, this morning at 11 to get as many carbs in them as we could," Keyes said.

Cecil was on a mission and never trailed in the contest.

If it weren't for David Miner, Cecil's halftime lead of 55-42 might have been a much wider gap.

In the first 10 minutes of the opening half, Miner had 12 points and had the Hawks within 26-20 with one of his five 3-pointers on the night. Then, Cecil's Alex Gonzalez and Tim Magowan drained back-to-back 3s for a 32-20 lead and the Seahawks never looked back.

Cecil continued to use a combination of speed in transition, power on the boards, and two looping passes for highlight-reel quality dunks.

Miner finished with 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting, but battled fatigue throughout the game, as did his teammates. Momodou Jobe added 14 points and led the Hawks with eight rebounds.

Craig Winder had four 3s on the way to a 22-point night and Gonzalez had 20 points for Cecil.

Cecil will lock horns today with Frederick Community College for the title today at 1 p.m. Frederick defeated Prince George's Community College 80-68 behind Damien Hubbard's 20 points. Former Frederick High standout Elyon Bush nearly had a triple-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds along with eight assists.

Keyes said he would give his team today and Monday off before preparing for the Region XX Tournament next weekend at Frederick Community College. The Hawks have a first-round bye and will play the winner of Saturday's Allegany-Garrett winner next Sunday.

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