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Hawks drop third straight

November 27, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The third annual Coach Brown Classic at Hagerstown Community College this weekend honored Jim Brown, who won 517 games and six Maryland JuCo championships in 23 years as Hawks coach.

However, the magic from the past was not there on Sunday as the Hawks were defeated 89-71 by Monroe College (N.Y.) in the final game of the weekend mixer.

"We took a few weeks off because of a scheduling conflict," HCC coach Kenny Keyes said. "Our legs and our brains went during the final 10 minutes. This was only our fourth game and the teams that we played this weekend already had seven to 10 games under their belts. Until we get in game shape, we are not going to be ready to play against this type of competition. We have just got to get stronger and smarter."

Monroe College (6-2) got 42 of its 89 points from its bench as three of the six players that scored in double figures were reserves. Rich Jackson fired in 17 points, Kassim Green had 13 and Lester Hunte had 10 off the Monroe bench.

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Trevor Franklin and Dashaun Williams added 12 points each, while N'Faly Berete had 10 points for the Mustangs.

Williams had eight assists, while Franklin and Jackson added five assists each.

"We knew that we didn't want to get into an up-and-down game, because that is what Hagerstown wanted to do," Monroe coach Jeffery Brustad said. "We wanted to get back and get set up in a man-to-man defense. That shut down their offense."

Mike Marsh delivered 21 points, Marcus Sugars pumped in 19 points, including five 3-pointers and Tommy Cox added 18 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, for HCC (1-3), which lost its third straight game. Leon Nelson got eight of his nine rebounds on the defensive boards for the Hawks.

In the first game, the Allegany Trojans (4-3) pulled out an 84-80 win over the Technical Career Institute Generals (7-5).

Ian Grady connected for 23 points, Calvin Lee added 19 points and B.J. Williams had 11 points for Allegany.

Jerry Jaquez scored 20 points and Lavon Hickman tallied 18 points for TCI. Stevy Gael added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Markus Fyall had 11 points for TCI.

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