Handanovic, Hawks hustle past Gryphons

February 02, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — It’s hard to tell who started faster — Hagerstown Community College’s Hawks or Jasmin Handanovic.

The men’s basketball team opened the game with a 15-2 run — including three 3-pointers by Handanovic — on Wednesday en route to a 130-86 dismantling of Montgomery College/Germantown at the HCC athletic complex.

The Hawks (18-4, 12-2) made a statement in the first 3:03 to get the 13-point lead as Handanovic started his way to a game-high 23 points, including seven 3s. An early fast pace allowed the sophomore to score 20 in the first half.

“When my teammates drive, they know that I can get open,” Handanovic said. “I can find a good passing lane and then they can get me the ball. I think that we are right where we should be. We are pretty deep and everybody gets a good bit of playing time. When we go to the bench, we don’t fall off at all.”

The win kept HCC solidly in first place in the Maryland JuCo Conference standings.

“It was a big night for us because it was our sophomores’ final regular-season game at home,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “I was very proud of our entire squad, because everybody contributed tonight. Jasmin Handanovic shot lights out again tonight. He put on a shooting exhibition. Our big man, Najee White, was very solid in the post.”

White had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks, while Arthur Hairston and Alister Chisholm scored 17 points each. Devin Miller got 13 points, while Dameatric Scott contributed 11 points and seven assists and D’Quan Lynch had 10 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for HCC.

“It has been nice that we have been able to use our whole bench during the last couple of games,” Brown said. “One reason for that is that they have all been so productive.

“The second reason is that we’re in the midst of such a tough stretch of games, most of those on the road, that it’s going to help us to come out of it physically in good shape and be able to play at a high level consistently.”

Germantown (4-19, 2-13) played with a six-player roster. the Gryphons have lost three players the season to injuries.

Unegbu Agugua led Germantown with a game-high 29 point, while Keenan Thompkins added 19 points.

HCC led 75-46 at the half.

HCC 130, Germantown 86
GERMANTOWN (4-19, 2-13)

Talley 6 4-8 17, Agugua 9 9-10 29, Adams 5 0-0 11, Rensher 2 1-2 6, Yancey 1 2-2 4, Thompkins 8 3-6 19. Totals 31 19-28 86.
HAGERSTOWN (18-4, 12-2)
Lynch 5 0-0 10, Scott 5 0-0 11, Chisholm 8 0-0 17, Miller 6 0-0 13, White 10 2-4 22, Boyd 2 0-0 4, Handanovic 8 0-0 23, Jackson 3 0-0 7, Hairston 6 5-5 17, Coates 2 0-1 4, Wallace 1 0-0 2. Totals 56 7-10 130.
Halftime — HCC, 75-46. 3-point goals — Germantown 5 (Talley, Agugua 2, Adams, Rensher), HCC 11 (Scott, Chisholm, Miller, Handanovic 7, Jackson).

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