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Hawks give Cardinals a hand in consolation game

November 06, 2005|By JACK HILL III

A comeback attempt by the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team fell short as the Catonsville Cardinals escaped with a 75-71 victory Saturday evening in the consolation game of the Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

Catonsville (1-1) took its biggest lead at 69-57 with three minutes remaining in the second half.

But HCC (0-2) roared back, scoring 10 unanswered points to chop the lead to 69-67 with 25 seconds to go.

Catonsville's Justin Miles was fouled with 20 seconds left and missed the front end of a 1-and-1. However, HCC's Rayquan Miles clapped his hands during the free-throw attempt.

As a result, Justin Miles was given another 1-and-1 situation at the foul line, and he made both free throws to extend Catonsville's lead to 71-67.

"That was big," Catonsville coach Randy Gregory said. "We knew on the bench that he couldn't do that. The referee just happened to notice it."

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HCC coach Kenny Keyes was disappointed about the call.

"That is a rule, so you have to live with it," Keyes said. "Catonsville knocked down that extra 1-and-1 opportunity. That is another part of learning. That is a sophomore; he should know that."

Derrick Fields' layup cut the Catonsville lead down to two points, but Kevin Palmer made a pair of free throws to give the Cardinals another four-point lead with 10 seconds remaining.

Emmanuel Jean-Francois made two foul shots as HCC cut the lead to two points again, but Palmer made two more free throws with four seconds to go to give Catonsville the final margin of victory.

The Cardinals scored 45 of their 75 points during the second half.

"We executed on both the defensive end and on the offensive end," Gregory said. "Towards the end of the first half, we started to play better defensively and I think that was the key which turned it around."

Palmer fired in 22 points, while Justin Miles had 13 points and Michael Carter and Randy Allen added 10 points each for the Cardinals.

Jean-Francois scored 17 points, Fields added 13 points and Tommy Cox had 10 points for HCC. Rayquan Miles grabbed nine rebounds, while Ricardo Lovelace had seven rebounds and four assists for the Hawks.

"We were 13-for-25 from the foul line," Keyes said. "That is 12 free throws that we missed and that is too many when you only lose by four points. We also missed too many easy layups and that's what is killing us."

In the championship game, Cecil beat Frederick, 74-65.

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