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HCC's high-powered offense too much for Germantown's 'D'

HCC's high-powered offense too much for Germantown's 'D'

January 15, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

Something had to give when Hagerstown Community College hosted Montgomery College-Germantown in Maryland JuCo action Wednesday night.

The Hawks entered the game scoring 105.5 points per game while Germantown carried a 74.7 defensive scoring clip into the HCC athletic complex.

It turned out that Germantown couldn't survive 40 minutes of up-and-down transition basketball.

Hagerstown imposed its style of play on the Gryphons and hit on 46 of 90 shots (51.1 percent) to top the century mark for the 12th time this season in a 107-89 home victory.

"We knew that they were going to put pressure on the ball because they're a good defensive team, keeping teams around the 70-point mark," said Hagerstown coach Earl Redden. "The key was to keep them from second-chance points because with the amount of shots we take, going basket for basket would put us in good position."

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Hagerstown (14-3, 7-1) outrebounded Germantown 45-33, attempted 12 more shots and finished with 13 blocks.

"I really like how we protected our basket. We were strong underneath with Isaiah (Hill) and K'yan (Andrews)," Redden said. "We played tonight how we need to play all season and we need effort like this to keep going."

Hill, a 6-foot-9 forward, was one of the reasons for the rebounding and shooting disparities. The 6-foot-9 forward led the Hawks with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Raason Young had 21 points and eight rebounds and K'yan Andrews added 17 points and six boards for the Hawks.

"I knew they weren't going to have much of a height advantage," Hill said. "If we crashed the boards, boxed out, pushed the floor and kicked it out, then we were going to be all right."

Amaurys Fermin had 12 points, while Jordan Brooks and Jeremy Myers each chipped in 10 as 10 Hawks made at least one field goal.

Hagerstown trailed only twice in the game -- both in the opening five minutes of the game. The Hawks took the lead at 8-7 with 15:18 left in the first half and stayed ahead for the rest of the game.

Hill's putback with 1:50 left before halftime gave Hagerstown its first double-digit lead of the game at 48-38. Germantown (11-4, 4-2) cut it to 55-50 early in the second half before the Hawks once again pulled away.

The lead touched 20 points in the final minutes as Hagerstown inched over 100 points.

"It was really big to get this one because (Germantown) was tied with us for second place in the JuCo conference," Redden said. "Now, we have to go on the road to Chesapeake, which is a tough place to play. Every night we pretty much have to bring a complete 40-minute effort."

Dave Karlson led Germantown with 19 points, Mitchell Dudley had 14, Robert Pettis 13 and Brandon Simms and Jonathan Taylor each added 10.

Hagerstown 107, Germantown 89
GERMANTOWN (11-4, 4-2)

Bess 3 1-2 7, Dudley 5 4-4 14, Karlson 9 1-4 19, Pettis 5 0-0 13, Prather 4 0-0 8, Scott 1 2-5 4, Simms 2 6-7 10, Taylor 5 0-0 10, Yeoman 2 0-0 4. Totals 36 14-22 89.
HCC (14-3, 7-1)
Brooks 5 0-1 10, Hill 10 2-7 22, Fermin 5 2-3 12, Poole 1 1-2 3, Brown 2 0-0 5, Andrews 7 3-6 17, Young 9 0-0 21, Myers 4 0-0 10, Rascoe 1 0-0 2, Taylor 2 1-1 5. Totals 46 9-20 107.
Halftime -- Hagerstown, 53-44. 3-point goals -- Germantown 3 (Pettis 3); Hagerstown 6 (Brown, Young 3, Myers 2).

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