HCC men blow out Howard


December 02, 2010|Staff Correspondent

The Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team made short work of the Howard Community College Dragons on Wednesday, running away with an 88-69 Maryland JuCo Conference win at the HCC athletic complex.

The Dragons (1-6) kept the score low and the game close, leading 16-14 through the first 15 minutes of the first half and causing Hagerstown coach Barry Brown to call a 30-second timeout to focus his players.

The Hawks (8-2) responded with a 12-0 run to take a 10-point lead. A later 8-0 run stretched the lead to 39-23, setting the tone for the rest of the game.

“We had a couple nice runs there in the first half,” said Brown. “They really made the difference in this game.”

Two stars shone brightest for the Hawks. While they only shot 19 percent from beyond the arc as a team, sophomore Jasmin Handanovic went 4-for-6 from 3-point land, with three of them coming in the first half. He and freshman Alister Chisholm led the Hawks with 16 points apiece.

“I just got open looks all night,” said Handanovic. “We recognized that they were playing zone and it was my night. My teammates found me when I was open.”

The second half belonged to Chisholm. After a slow start in the first half in which he scored just three points, Chisholm went 6-for-8 from the foul line and added three baskets from the field in the second half. He also shared the team lead in rebounds as he and Tione Womack each grabbed five boards.

“It came down to decision making. I was waiting for the game to come to me in the first half,” said Chisholm. “I took the game into my own hands in the second, but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I owe it to them.”

Womack only had seven points, but he facilitated his teammates and controlled the defense. He had nine steals, six assists and five rebounds. Najee White had eight points, four rebounds and four blocks.

“It was a win, and that’s what matters,” said Brown. “We had a chance to play everybody and many of our guys got good minutes. It was a good win.”

Marques Jeter had 16 points and seven rebounds, and Quante Newton had seven points and six assists for the Dragons.

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