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Trojans bounce Hawks

February 25, 2006|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Allegany College was a big hit on Friday.

It proved to be a clunker for the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team, especially since it tuned the Hawks out of the Maryland JuCo Conference Tournament quarterfinals in a 83-73 decision at the HCC athletic complex.

The judges had different levels to rate the Trojans' performance.

"They hit the 3-ball tonight," HCC coach Kenny Keyes said. "We were right there in their faces and they still hit the shots. How can you win when they are hitting like that?"

"I really commend our guys for the way they hit the boards," Allegany coach Mike Baker said. "It's not easy beating a team three times, especially all at their place. I thought our kids did a good job hitting the boards."

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Third-seeded Allegany pounded the backboards for rebounds while unleashing 11 3-pointers to beat sixth-seeded HCC at its own game - scoring from long distance. Donald Johnson led the way by hitting six of the treys, including four in the second half to help the Trojans maintain their halftime lead over the Hawks.

Allegany (21-6) won for the 21st time in 23 games by slowing HCC's running game to a trot and forcing the Hawks to play a halfcourt game. The Trojans face Catonsville tonight at 7 in the semifinals at HCC.

"They tried to run with us and couldn't," Keyes said. "(Baker got them to slow down and they took over. We can't play that pace."

HCC used its fast-paced game to control the early part of the game, but only managed a 22-20 lead before Baker called his second 30-second timeout with 9:34 remaining in the half. From there, Allegany assumed a more patient method of attack which stopped HCC in it's tracks.

"During the first half of the year, the kids didn't understand and weren't used to the system," Baker said. "Now, we call time and they just come over and say, 'I know.' The only thing I did was call time."

Johnson hit three 3s in the final 8:30 of the half as the Trojans outscored HCC 21-12 heading into the half for a 41-36 lead, gaining control by notching eight of the final 12 points before intermission.

HCC tried to turn the pace up again, but missed shots and strong Allegany rebounding held off the charge. The Hawks moved to within 63-62 with 7 minutes remaining, but Kenny Smith ended the comeback with consecutive 3s to re-establish the Trojans' stronghold.

Ricardo Lovelace finished with 23, including 18 in the second half, while Tommy Cox had 13, all in the first half. James Hairston had 15 for the Trojans, who had five players in double figures.

Frederick 86Montgomery-Germantown 67

Ryan Brandenburg scored 13 points to help Frederick defeat Montgomery-Germantown in the quarterfinals of the Maryland JuCo Conference tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

The fifth-seeded Cougars jumped out to a 45-26 halftime lead and played 13th-seed Germantown even in the second half to roll to the win.

Chris Holmes had 13 for Frederick as the Cougars only other scorer in double figures. Every member of Frederick's roster scored. Jacquez Lindsey had 22 points for Germantown.

Cecil 92, Howard 60

Top-seeded Cecil doubled Howard in the first half, taking a 50-24 halftime lead, to roll past ninth-seed Howard.

Edward Miller had 24 points to lead Cecil, which plays Frederick today at 5 p.m. in the semifinals. Cecil placed five players in double figures.

Donta Ridley had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Howard.

Catonsville 64, Prince George's 60

Catonsville scored the final 11 points of the game to come from behind and beat second-seeded Prince George's.

Justin Miles had 13 points to lead seventh-seeded Catonsville, while Randy Allen came off the bench to add 12.

William Grill had 16 points to lead Prince George's.

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