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Hawks keep Chesapeake at bay, 90-88

February 09, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

It took three months, but Hagerstown Community College finally climbed back to par this season.

Hagerstown reached the .500 mark for the first time this season in dramatic fashion as Rayquan Miles banked in the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds remaining to lift the Hawks past Chesapeake 90-88 in Maryland JuCo men's basketball action Wednesday night.

The Hawks (11-11, 9-4) led for much of the game, but watched as Chesapeake's Rob Lowery chased down his own rebound and put it back to tie the game at 88-88. Lowery was fouled on the basket and had a chance to take the lead with the free throw.

Lowery had made his first seven foul shots, but missed the eighth and most important with 35 seconds left, giving Hagerstown the ball with a chance to hold for the last shot. Wisely, the Hawks went to the hoop with time remaining, giving Miles the ball as the clock ticked. Miles missed the shot and the ball skirted underneath the basket, but Marcus Sugars was there to save it from going out of bounds. Momodou Jobe gained control of the loose ball and found Miles, who this time used the glass to drain the shot to give the Hawks the win.

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"Somebody saved it, then somebody got it to Rayquan," Hagerstown coach Kenny Keyes said of the play. "That was just luck."

Two starters made the play that won the game at the end, but it was a pair of reserves who laid the groundwork for the Hawks to have a chance at the win. Tommy Cox and Lamar Richburg came off the bench to score a combined 41 points. Cox hit his first eight field goals and finished with a game-high 23 points, while Richburg did his work inside the arc to chip in with 18.

Keyes said Cox played his best game as a Hawk, which was obvious as the freshman guard swished long ball after long ball. As Cox went for his sixth straight 3, Chesapeake was there to foul. Cox could only smile as he fell back and watched the ball fall through the net, setting up the four-point play that gave the Hawks a 73-64 lead with 8 minutes left.

"I hit the first one and I just started getting hot," Cox said. "Then when they fouled me, I started falling back and I saw it go through."

Richburg used his 6-foot-5 frame to create the open shot, which he capitalized on every opportunity. With Hagerstown leading 52-51 in the second half, Richburg scored six straight points to give the Hawks command.

"(Richburg) should probably be starting because he's our best offensive shooter," Keyes said. "He gives up too much on defense and that's what we've been telling him. If he can work on his defense, he will be a great player."

The defensive issues were plenty for Chesapeake, especially in the first half. The Skipjacks (14-6, 6-6) had trouble keeping up with the speedy Hawks, leading coach Dale Becraft to call for reinforcements.

"We had to put another guy in the backcourt. Usually we can get away with one guy back there, but they're just such an explosive team that we needed two," Becraft said. "I thought after that we got them under control and made it a game."

Chris Brown led the Skipjacks with 27 points, while Lowery had 17 and Joseph Fletcher and Jamarl Glen each added 16.

Jobe and Derrick Fields each had 11 points for the Hawks, while Miles added 10.

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