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Cecil uses its run game to bean HCC

January 24, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

What made Cecil Community College coach Bill Lewit happiest wasn't his club's 106-81 Maryland JuCo Conference victory of Hagerstown Community College.

It was the way they did it.

"(Hagerstown) is the best fastbreak team in the conference," said Lewit. "But we're a running team, too, and we didn't want to change our style. It was just a question of who could execute better at that speed.

"We were able to run with them tonight. I'm pleasantly surprised."

But the Seahawks' transition game didn't get HCC (6-10, 5-4) into trouble initially, it was Edward Miller. The sophomore guard poured in 13 straight points - including three 3s within a 69-second span - to stake Cecil (15-2, 9-0) to a quick 13-6 advantage, a deficit from which the Hawks were unable to fully recover.

Meanwhile, the Hawks' shots from beyond the arc were missing their mark, and - along with turnovers - allowing Cecil to get its transition game going.

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"When they go zone, we have to knock them down," said Hawks coach Kenny Keyes. "We recruit these kids to shoot from the outside, and when you rely on them to knock them down You can't beat anybody shooting 2-for-19 from 3."

It certainly didn't help matters that one of HCC's sharpshooters, Derrick Fields, is away from the team this week to tend to "personal problems."

"That hurts a lot," said Keyes, "That's 14 points right there."

"He picked the worst week to go on vacation. I benched him tonight, because he just got back to town. His personal problems at home, he felt, were more important than being here."

Despite the lopsided final score, Hagerstown managed to stay within striking distance for much of the game, cutting the lead to 48-41 late in the first half before Leslie Simmons led a 9-2 Seahawks run to end the half.

The Hawks pulled withing 72-66 by using a 23-15 rally to open the second half, sparked by Lemar Richburg, Emmanuel Jean-Francois, and Marcus Sugars.

But Cecil responded with a 20-7 run to ice the win.

"They're just a well-oiled machine," said Keyes of the Seahawks. "They're very athletic. They're kicking everybody's butt like that."

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