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Garrett brings end to HCC's season

March 06, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - A lack of desire certainly won't help a team having to stand up to pressure.

That's a tough thought within the Hagerstown Community College basketball camp, but it's true to the feelings of some directly involved after the Hawks' 87-80 loss to Garrett College in the semifinals of the Region XX Division I Tournament Saturday at Frederick Community College.

"We are too young of a team to handle this much pressure," said coach Kenny Keyes after the Hawks finished the season with a 20-10 record.

The Hawks have proven inconsistent when playing back-to-back nights, and after learning they did not earn the No. 1 seed and the bye they originally thought they had locked up, the players didn't respond favorably to the challenge.

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"They thought they'd have (Saturday) night off and during the week, zap, there goes practice," said Keyes. "Practices were not good and they even looked tired tonight."

Alonzo Patterson, the lone sophomore on the Hawks roster and the only bright spot in the loss despite less than 100 percent physical health, even went further with his evaluation.

"We didn't practice good this week and I think many of the players were looking forward to the season being over," said Patterson, who paced the HCC effort with a season-high 26 points. "I know I was looking to move on. I still wanted to keep going."

Patterson's effort backed up his words.

Despite holding a lead that reached 34-28 with 2:20 to play in the first half, the Hawks constantly seemed on shaky ground by making unforced errors which kept Garrett within striking distance.

Patterson's 10 points and eight each from David Miner and Rayquan Miles helped HCC take a 41-37 lead at the break.

Miner and Momodou Jobe did string together two consecutive 2-on-1 fast breaks, but the Hawks began to wilt defensively as Garrett's 3-point tandem of Doyle Brown and Adam Morgan began to show their range after being harnessed in the first half.

Morgan hit a pair of 3s that helped Garrett take a 57-55 lead before HCC responded on a 3-pointer by Patterson for a 61-59 lead with 8:05 to play.

Brown then went to work, hitting two straight 3s from the right wing and a third from the left wing for a 68-63 Garrett lead that eventually expanded to 80-72.

Patterson nailed a 3 from the baseline with 21 seconds left to give HCC hope, trailing 83-80. But four Garrett free throws sandwiched around a 3-point miss by Patterson - and his fifth personal foul -sealed the victory for Garrett.

"(Garrett) did a lot of little things in the last part of the game," Patterson said. "They had a kick on offense and got a lot of the calls on loose balls. A lot of things went their way."

Miles ended with 12 points and Derek Fields added 11 points, including nine in the second half. Miner had only 10 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

"David certainly wasn't on his game," said Keyes. "He needs to get his 20 shots and we need him to score 20. When he doesn't produce, it's hard to win."

Brown ended with 24 points for Garrett, which will meet Allegany College today at 3 p.m. for the Region XX title. Morgan ended with 15 points, while Tirece Watkins and Tristan Largent each had 12 for the Lakers, who gained a bit of revenge for a 73-72 loss to the Hawks on Jan. 29.

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