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It wasn't in the numbers for HCC

January 19, 2009|By JACK HILL III

The numbers were on the side of the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team.

After all, the Hawks are the top scoring junior college team in the nation at 113.5 points per game and rank second with a 56 percent field goal percentage. They have two players - Raason Young and Amurys Furman - in the top 50 in scoring.

But the numbers on the scoreboard were the one's that counted on Sunday - Allegany 105, HCC 100.

Allegany rallied from a 14-point deficit in the final 17 minutes to force overime and defeat the Hawks in a Maryland JuCo Conference game at the HCC athletic complex.

"It was a very well-played college basketball game," HCC coach Earl Redden said. "Everybody went out there and gave their 45 minutes of effort. You have to give Allegany credit. They did a good job on the boards. They withstood the pressure that we put on them."

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The Hawks had individual numbers to go with the loft team stats.

Isaiah Hill ranked second in the nation in rebounds (13 per game) and blocks (4.867), while Fermin was seventh with eight assists per game.

It helpted HCC (15-4, 8-2) lead 60-46 with 17 minutes remaining, but the Trojans (11-5, 6-2) mounted the furious comeback to end regulations.

We had guys that really wanted to play today," Allegany coach Mike Baker said. "They really played with some intensity. We came out in the second half with a press and were able to force some turnovers. We spread our offense out in the second half and we did a much better job on the boards and were able to hit our foul shots down the stretch. "

HCC had a chance to winin the final four seconds of regulation, but Young's 3-pointer from the left corner was blocked by Allegany's Ru White.

Allegany finished the job by outscoring HCC 17-12 in the overtime, going 9-for-9 from the foul line. HCC hit only one of four free throws in the extra period.

Guard Jeff Early led Allegany with 30 points and 19 rebounds, while Aaron Brackett added 19 points and 13 rebounds. White finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, while Terrence Green had got 14 points for the Trojans.

Young finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Jeremy Myers added 17 points for HCC. Isaiah Hill had 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots for the Hawks, while Amaurys Fermin added 13 points each. Fermin had 10 assists.

"We didn't do a good job of rebounding today," Redden said. "One of our top rebounders, K'yan Andrews, was out with a swollen knee. I think that it is a game that we can use to judge where we are at and what we need to do to improve. We will still see them one more time in the regular season."

Allegany 105, HCC 100
ALLEGANY (11-5, 6-2)

White 6 1-1 14, Shepp 1 4-4 7, Burts 2 2-4 6, Green 5 4-4 14, Early 9 12-15 30, Herriott 4 0-0 8, Brackett 6 7-8 19, Granger 3 1-2 7. Totals 36 31-38 105.
HAGERSTOWN COMM. COLLEGE (15-4, 8-2)
Brooks 3 0-0 8, Hill 6 2-2 16, Fermin 5 3-4 13, Poole 1 0-0 2, Brown 4 5-6 13, Young 5 3-5 17, Myers 6 2-3 17, Rascoe 3 2-4 8, Taylor 3 0-2 6. Totals 36 17-26 100.
Halftime - HCC, 51-40. End of regulation - Tied, 88-88. 3-point goals - Allegany 2 (White, Shepp), HCC 11 (Brooks 2, Hill 2, Young 4, Myers 3).

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