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HCC puts Dundalk away early

February 20, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

Hagerstown Community College did it the old-fashion way on Tuesday afternoon - good shooting and solid rebounding.

The Hawks men's team opened the Maryland JuCo Conference postseason tournament with an emphatic 108-67 victory over CCBC-Dundalk, shooting 57 percent from the floor and manhandling the Lions on the boards.

"When you shoot well and rebound, you can score some points, and we played some defense too," said Hawks coach Ryan Devlin.

The No. 3-seeded Hawks will travel to Frederick Community College on Friday for a 3 p.m. quarterfinal game against Allegany, which beat Harford 93-76 Tuesday.

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Tuesday's game was nothing close to what Dundalk (9-19) could have imagined after the first meeting between the two schools on Dec. 11, when the Lions took HCC to overtime before losing, 99-87.

The Hawks (21-6) held Anthony Baglin, the conference's leading scorer, to 12 points, well off his 24.5 average and the 27 he scored earlier against HCC. And Ricardo Laing, who had 24 in the first game for Dundalk, scored only eight.

"Addition by subtraction, we're a much better team than then," said Devlin. "The kids are more attentive and have bought into what we want to do."

Kelvin Bright scored 28 points and John Long had 21 points and 24 rebounds for HCC on Tuesday.

Bright, who scored 36 the first time out against Dundalk, hit 10 of 15 from the floor on an array of jumpers and moves in the paint.

Long showed his muscle inside and why he's atop the field-goal percentage charts in the conference. He hit 10 of 12 shots, all in the paint, and alone had more rebounds than Dundalk as HCC held a huge 54-21 margin on the boards.

"I wasn't happy with my last game (a loss to Allegany) so I'm pretty happy how I came back," said Long, the 6-foot-8 Waynesboro High School graduate.

Dundalk stuck with HCC only briefly. By the 5:40 mark of the first half, the Hawks had reached a 10-point lead at 31-21 and then started sealing the win as the Lions became helpless to the Hawks' onslaught.

Ahead 36-24, HCC closed out the first half on an 18-0 run with Long scoring six points and Williamsport graduate Will Taylor netting five.

Baglin had a technical foul and three personals at the half before going to the bench for good with 13:14 left. Laing also had a technical and everything reached a zenith for the Lions when coach Cleveland Rudisill was hit with a technical, clearly unhappy with the overall events.

The Hawks were guilty of 24 turnovers, but Devlin was not losing sleep as he referenced to current Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson.

"Even thought he's not a hot commodity right now, you look at him saying, 'Effort triumphs technique,' and we have become a scrappier team," said Devlin.

Adding balance to the Hawks' attack, Tyrone Hicks contributed 14 points, Taylor finished with 13, Sheridan Price added 12 off the bench and starter Q'Monte Matheny had 10 points, including 8 of 8 from the line.

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