Globe plays Hawks' style better than Hawks

November 07, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- It was supposed to be the big coming-out party for the Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team.

The Hawks were playing their first game under new coach Barry Brown, who wanted to fashion his team in the style that was successful when his father Jim coached at HCC.

HCC came out, but there was no partying. In fact, the Hawks probably should have stayed in with a good book.

Globe Institute played like it stole HCC's playbook, using wide-open offense and stifling defense to plant a 126-93 loss on the Hawks on Saturday in the opening round of the Food Lion Classic at the HCC athletic complex.


"Our guys got up and excited to play, but we didn't deal well with the circumstances of early fouls and falling behind," said Brown. "You got to give Globe credit. They did what we wanted to do. They played hard and smart."

HCC (0-1) failed to kick-start the high-speed offense it advertised in any way, shape or form. The Hawks stood around the outside of Globe's 1-3-1 and extended 2-3 zone defenses like a shower curtain draped around a bathtub.

The Hawks settled for 3-point shots, making only three inside baskets in the first half and hitting just 5 of 36 long-range attempts for the game. Meanwhile, the Knights continually beat HCC down the floor for easy hoops.

"We did not attack," Brown said. "We committed too many early fouls and didn't adjust to the way the refs were calling the game. That's our fault. We were passive on offense, too."

HCC will play today at 1 p.m. against Prince George's in the consolation game. The Owls were defeated 124-69 by Harcum College, which will play Globe for the title, in the opener.

The Hawks jumped out to an early lead in a game that was befitting a season opener. Neither team had much flow and had little success scoring. HCC led 9-5 lead on the strength of five points by Raylin Mack-Brown.

But HCC put Globe in the bonus early with seven fouls in the game's first 3 minutes, 49 seconds. Globe was in the double bonus with a 10th foul two minutes later.

Globe took advantage of the advantage by holding HCC to one basket over a five-minute span and two in eight minutes to build a 35-22 lead. Jarrod Balcombe scored eight of his 14 points and Tyrik Tucker added seven of his game-high 28 in the run as the Knights pulled away.

The Knights built a 56-36 halftime lead.

HCC came out and tried to turn the tide with some aggressive play early, but could only get as close as 67-51 with 16:57 remaining on a drive by DaiQuane Peterson. Globe cooled HCC's jets with a 13-5 run to put a stranglehold on the game.

The Knights led by as much a 38 points at 117-79 with 3:56 remaining.

Globe placed six players in double figures, with Lamaun Scott following Tucker in the scorebook with 15 points.

Brown led HCC with 26 points -- including four of the five 3-pointers -- and seven rebounds. Peterson had 15 points and Arthur Hairston added 13 points and seven rebounds.

"We are disappointed, but I'm not giving up on them," Brown said. "The good thing is we get to play again early (today). If this is how it has to be, then it has to be. I know that we are going to get in here and get to work and I know we will get better."

Globe 126, HCC 93

Scott 4 7-9 16, Abarkha 4 0-0 9, Rodriguez 5 3-4 14, Baker 3 3-4 10, Gibbs 4 0-0 8, Tucker 11 5-9 28, Rochford 1 2-2 4, Balcombe 6 2-4 14, Robinson 1 2-2 4, Harris 0 3-4 3, Monplasir 1 1-4 3, Charles 0 3-4 3. Totals 44 32-48 126.
Stuckey 0 5-6 5, Ford 1 0-0 2, Cole 1 1-2 3, Lynch 2 3-7 9, Mack-Brown 11 0-0 26, Andrews 4 4-6 12, Richardson 1 0-0 2, White 4 2-4 10, Peterson 4 7-7 15, Hairston 5 3-5 13. Totals 38 22-38 93.
Halftime -- Globe 56, HCC 36. Three-point baskets -- Globe 5 (Abarkha, Rodriguez, Baker, Tucker, Scott), HCC 5 (Mack-Brown 4, Lynch). Fouled Out -- Globe: Scott, HCC: Hartmann, Stuckey. Technical foul -- Globe: Scott.

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