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HCC falls behind early in loss to Monroe

November 28, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Community College men's basketball team fell behind early and never caught up in a 101-81 loss to the Monroe College Mustangs on Saturday night in the first day of the Jim Brown Classic at the HCC athletic complex.

The invitational is named after legendary HCC men's basketball coach Jim Brown. Brown won six regular-season championships in the Maryland JuCo Conference and four Region XX Tournament championships during his 23-year coaching career at HCC. He is the father of current HCC men's basketball coach Barry Brown.

"We dug ourselves into a hole during the first half of play," said Barry Brown, whose team trailed 54-38 at halftime. "Their size really made a difference. Even though we gave up several inches, I still think we could have done a much better job defensively. There is no doubt that Monroe has got an excellent ballclub.

"I was proud of my team in the second half. We didn't quit. We made a nice comeback and closed the gap to 11. We just have to continue to work and make better decisions."

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Monroe (6-2) had five players score in double figures. Guard Jeriel Henriquez had a game-high 20 points, while 7-foot freshman center A.J. Matthews had 19 points, Djim Bandoumel had 17 points, and Tyrone Lindsay and Randy Dezouvre added 14 points each.

"We wanted to put a little pressure on them full-court," Monroe coach Jeffrey Brustad said. "They turned it over some in the first half and that gave us some opportunities at the other end of the floor. We were trying to go inside to our big kids. We tried to establish them early, because it just helps our offense out. A.J. Matthews is real active on both ends for us. He has got a nice shot."

The Hawks committed 31 turnovers in the game.

HCC (3-4) had four players score in double figures. Donte Stuckey had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, while K'yan Andrews had 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. Raylin Mack-Brown scored all 13 of his points in the second half, while Jonathan Ford had 11 points, six assists and six rebounds.

In the opening game, the Cecil Seahawks (5-1) won 71-56 over the Allegany Trojans (4-3).

Harold Washington scored 26 points, Rico Winston had 14 points and Adam Johnson had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Cecil.

Aaron Brackett and Marcel Chesson led Allegany with 15 points each.

In today's final day of the mixer, Monroe will play Allegany at 1 p.m. and Cecil will play HCC at 3.

Monroe College 101, HCC 81MONROE COLLEGE (6-2)
Brown 3 0-0 7, Matthews 6 7-12 19, Henriquez 7 3-4 20, Scotland 2 2-3 6, Lindsay 6 2-2 14, Antadze 0 0-0 0, Dezouvre 6 2-5 14, Nared 1 2-2 4, Bandoumel 5 7-8 17. Totals 36 25-36 101.
HAGERSTOWN (3-4)
Stuckey 6 5-7 17, Ford 4 3-5 11, Williams 2 0-0 4, Cerda 0 0-0 0, Cole 1 0-0 3, Lynch 2 0-0 5, Mack-Brown 5 2-4 13, Andrews 7 2-2 17, White 1 1-4 3, Hairston 3 1-2 8, Drake 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 14-24 81.
Halftime -- Monroe College 54-38. 3-point goals -- Monroe College 4 (Brown, Henriquez 3). HCC 5 (Cole, Lynch, Mack-Brown, Andrews, Hairston).

Cecil 71, Allegany 56
CECIL (5-1)

McNeal 1 2-2 4, Hill 3 3-4 9, Bossle 0 0-0 0, Washington 9 7-7 26, Sharkey 1 1-2 3, Johnson 6 0-0 12, Winston 5 0-0 14, Evans 1 1-2 3, Bateman 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 14-17 71.
ALLEGANY (4-3)
Gee 1 0-0 2, Bassich 1 0-0 3, Armstrong 3 0-1 7, Chesson 6 2-2 15, Witten 4 0-0 8, Simmons 0 0-0 0, Rigg 0 0-0 0, Burke 3 0-0 6, Brackett 7 1-2 15, Vasco 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 3-5 56.
Halftime -- Cecil 32-26. 3-point goals -- Cecil 5 (Washington, Winston 4). Allegany 3 (Bassich, Armstrong, Chesson).

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