Hawks' region hopes, season run a-foul

March 05, 2006|By TIM KOELBLE


There was a foul odor surrounding the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team on Saturday.

It was one of personal fouls and, in the end, it was one of defeat after the Hawks fell to Garrett College 77-60 in the semifinals of the Region XX JuCo Division I Tournament at Frederick Community College.

The Hawks were tooted for 30 personals compared to 15 for Garrett, which moves on to face Allegany in the final today. At game's end, the Lakers (21-6) went 29 of 46 from the stripe, compared to 7 of 9 for the Hawks (13-16).

Hawks coach Kenny Keyes had no substantiation for the fouls, rather looking at the inabilities of his team to create an uptempo contest.


"We're a team that wants five guys in double figures and we need to score at least into the 70s if we don't get in the 80s," Keyes said. "We didn't have much ball movement, and that's why we are 13-16."

Ricardo Lovelace was one Hawk that managed to stay out of foul trouble and was able to remain aggressive throughout the contest while Derrick Fields, Lamar Richburg, Tommy Cox and Rayquan Miles were all in foul trouble. Fields and Richburg eventually fouled out.

Lovelace was one of three Hawks in double figures with 20 points. Momodou Jobe had 11 and Cox added 10. Jobe accounted for half the scoring production of the starting five.

Hagerstown, which never led in the first half, was down 37-30 at halftime and 39-30 after an immediate Garrett bucket by Barry Cornish to start the second half.

Lovelace hit a 3-pointer and Fields and Jobe had buckets to tie the game at 39-39 with 16:11 to go. HCC grabbed its first lead on a goal by Lovelace at 15:40 for a 41-40 lead and the contest was tied 49-49 on another score by Lovelace with 9:50 to go.

But Garrett refocused with a zone defense, and with a 52-51 lead, went on a 16-3 run that included a pair of treys and a deuce from Ivan Funcic, part of his 26-point performance.

"When we got the lead, we stayed aggressive, then started turning the ball over," said Keyes. "Lovelace did well getting us back in the game but still is learning he can't do it all by himself."

HCC was unable to stay in a position to win, scoring only one goal by Lovelace in the last seven minutes. Garrett scored its final seven points from its favorite shooting spot - the foul line - after a third trey by Funcic.

"The game was at Garrett's pace," said Keyes. "We were outsmarted, outplayed and outhustled."

Lovelace also had six rebounds for HCC, which shot 24 of 60 from the floor (40 percent). Garrett attempted as many free throws as it had shots from the field. The Lakers converted 20 shots for 43.5 percent.

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