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Hawks win Hall of Fame Tournament

November 05, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

A well-balanced Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team had five players in double figures and claimed the Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament championship Saturday with a 92-69 victory over College of Southern Maryland at the HCC athletic complex.

Hawks guard Travis May sparked an early second-half scoring surge, and he and his teammates were on the way to a second straight victory under first-year coach Terry Truax.

May scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the first six minutes of the second half on a combination of outside shots and driving, twisting layups against Southern Maryland's 2-3 zone defense. The Hawks quickly increased their 34-29 halftime advantage to 53-40.

Former Williamsport High standout Will Taylor contributed 11 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals in an excellent effort.

The Hawks played more up-tempo in the final 20 minutes and it showed on the scoreboard.

"Coach told us at halftime to be more aggressive. We were standing around too much in the first half," May said. "I think we played with a lot of heart in the second half. We definitely showed some improvement from the first game."

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Following the contest, Truax offered mixed reviews.

"I thought we stepped it up in the second half, but we were inconsistent and we allowed them too many good looks and easy baskets," Truax said. "We're going to have to increase our overall intensity if we are to win games this year."

Truax thought the early-season tournament was a good learning experience.

"You learn as you go along," Truax said. "In the first half, we were too passive against their zone and allowed too many uncontested shots. In the second half, our guards May and Calvin Johnson directed the offense so much better and we got some big rebounds, especially from Taylor. Overall, I was satisfied with the effort."

Essex trimmed CCAC/Allegheny 50-40 in the consolation game, with Trevor Thompson scoring 23 points and Justin Baldwin 12. Robert Rotondo led CCAC/Allegheny with 10 points.

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