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HCC falls short vs. Allegany

January 29, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College's Marquis Waters missed on a 3-point attempt with 7 seconds left and Allegany College's Calvin Lee grabbed the rebound to secure the Trojans' 59-56 victory over the Hawks in a Maryland JuCo Conference men's basketball game Sunday at the HCC athletic complex.

"We played well enough to win," HCC coach Kenny Keyes said. "We just didn't get the breaks. We just couldn't get a good shot during the last three minutes."

Center Leon Nelson scored a pair of baskets to give the Hawks their last lead at 54-53 with 3:50 remaining in the second half.

The Trojans scored the next six points by getting a basket apiece from Marvin Bolden, Lee and Bryen Spriggs to take a 59-54 lead with 57 seconds left.

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Seven seconds later, HCC's Tommy Cox scored a bucket to reduce the deficit to 59-56.

Allegany committed a turnover with 25 seconds left and that gave HCC a chance to tie the game, but Waters' shot from behind the arc was off the mark.

"It was a nice win," Allegany coach Mike Baker said. "Any time that you can come down to Hagerstown and get a win, it is nice.

"Our guys rebounded well and they were patient with their shots. Calvin Lee was really hitting the boards for us. I thought Ian Grady played well for us. He made some clutch shots and he played hard. He showed some good sophomore leadership for us today."

Ian Grady scored a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds for Allegany (13-7, 8-4), the two-time defending Region XX Tournament champion. Lee had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bolden added 13 points for the Trojans.

Waters and Cox, the Hawks' only two sophomores, scored 14 points each to lead HCC (5-15, 3-9). Waters had 11 assists, while Cox had four.

Nelson had 12 rebounds, 11 points and four blocked shots for the Hawks, while Robert Wescott had 12 points and Long pulled down 10 rebounds for HCC.

"They beat us on the inside," Keyes said. "They rebounded well and they kicked our butts on the inside. We shot too many 3-pointers again. We were 6-for-20 from the 3-point range. We are not patient with our shots. Our big guys are not getting the ball. That has been the story of our season."

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