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Pioneers make Hawks feel sicker

February 03, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER

The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team had no answer for Lionel Williams on Monday.

But then, HCC coach Earl Redden didn't think he'd need one.

Williams poured in 26 points - 14 in the final 14 minutes - to spark Anne Arundel to a 79-76 Maryland JuCo upset.

"I was thinking about (Kendrick Maybank)," said Redden. "He's one of the better scorers in the conference. (Williams) is the one who caught us by surprise."

Despite Williams' offense, the illness-plagued Hawks (17-5, 10-3) had an opportunity to tie the game in the final seconds, but Amaurys Fermin's 3-pointer from the corner bounced up off the front of the rim and bounded off the opposite side as time expired.

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Starting forward Isaiah Hill and sixth man Brandon Rascoe saw limited duty due to illness for HCC. Hill scored just three points, and Rascoe - after an 11-point first half - didn't attempt a field goal in the second.

"I couldn't really find a combination to get things rolling tonight," said Redden, "(Anne Arundel) did the things they needed to do to keep us from getting into our transition game."

Still, behind five points from Raason Young, HCC managed to expand its five-point margin to a 50-40 lead with 15:22 left.

But the Pioneers (15-8, 8-5) ran off 10 unanswered points in a three-minute span and took a 56-54 lead at the midway point.

"We were able to slow the ball down and we quit trying to run up and down the court with them," said second-year Pioneers coach Tom Smith. "They have too many shooters and too much quickness for us to keep up with them."

Sparked by nine points from Jeremy Myers, HCC held a 73-68 lead with 3:03 left, but Williams went to work with three scoring drives to the basket to regain the lead at 77-75.

The Hawks feel behind early in the game, but turned a 23-16 deficit into a 10-point lead with a 20-3 run sparked by eight points from Rascoe.

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