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HCC men win Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament

women lose opener

November 09, 2008|By JACK HILL III

The offenses of the Hawks' basketball teams for Hagerstown Community College were running at different levels on Saturday.

It was running at a high level in the men's game as the Hawks beat the Westmoreland County (Pa.) Wolfpack 138-71 in the championship game of the Region XX Hall of Fame Tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

But it was only running just above average in the women's game as the Hawks dropped a 64-58 season-opener to the Essex (N.J.) Wolverines in the first round of a mixer.

· In the title game of the men's tournament, HCC (2-0) raced out to a 56-12 lead in the first 13 1/2 minutes of the game and built a 71-26 halftime advantage.

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"We were able to execute our game plan," HCC coach Earl Redden said. "We were able to get to the basket and score when we had the opportunity. We were deeper than them and we were able to wear them down quickly."

HCC had a well-balanced scoring attack by placing seven players in double figures. Amaurys Fermin fired in 25 points, while Brandon Rascoe had 19 points and three blocked shots. Jeremy Myers scored 17 points, K'yan Andrews had 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals, Jordan Brooks had 13 points, Will Taylor added 12 rebounds and 12 points and Isiah Hill had 10 points, six rebounds and five steals.

The Hawks went 11-for-24 from 3-point range.

Potomac State defeated Butler County (Pa.) 92-76 in the consolation game. Freshman center Vance Hosby -- a Jefferson High School graduate -- was 9 of 15 from the floor and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Potomac State (2-3).

· During the women's mixer, Essex (2-0) built a 36-17 halftime lead against HCC (0-1).

"With the 1-2-2 defense, we were able to get a lot of steals in the first half," Essex coach Steve Mitchell said. "Our 3-2 defense helped us to get some more steals."

Mitchell also had the Essex offense prepared for HCC.

"Once I saw that they were playing a 3-2 defense and that they were going to press us, I used a double-stack offense," Mitchell said. "It opens up both our 3-point shooting and our inside play."

Ariella Martinez had 19 points, Michelle Clay had 16 and Jasma Dorsey had 13 for Essex.

Val Wheeler scored 18 points, Cara Thompson had 13 and Miranda Payne had 11 points and five steals for the Hawks. Shawayna Morel added seven rebounds and five steals.

Essex led 49-27 with 15:01 remaining in the second half, but HCC sliced the lead down to 61-58 with 50 seconds to go in the game. But that was as close as the Hawks would get.

"I just thought that we played a great second half," HCC coach Marlys Palmer said. "We were able to stay in the game."

Frederick defeated TCI 64-57 in the other women's game.

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