Hawks advance to Region XX title game

February 26, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team worked hard and saw the fruits of its labor.

Allegany College just labored.

HCC used a stifling defense to create three scoring droughts for Allegany that provided a huge cushion for the Hawks in their 79-68 victory in the semifinals of the Region XX Division I tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

When it came down to it, the Hawks worked hard to score; the Trojans worked harder while not scoring.

“It was all about our defensive intensity and being smart against a great player like Derrell Armstrong,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “I am very proud of our effort on defense and our rebounding. I can’t say more than that.”

He didn’t need to. Offensively, the game was as smooth as large curd cottage cheese, but HCC forced Allegany into numerous turnovers on offense, mostly on entry passes, and was there for rebounding off shots. The Hawks held Allegany to 39 percent shooting (23 of 59) and outrebounded the Trojans by 11.

The win places HCC into today’s 3 p.m. final against Frederick Community College for the right to advance to the NJCAA national tournament’s district play next Saturday at Allegany. Frederick defeated Vincennes University 76-67 in overtime to reach the final.

HCC fell behind 6-0 to open the game and then started on the first of three decisive defensive runs to start gaining control. The Hawks held the Trojans scoreless for 6 minutes, 20 seconds to gain a 9-6 lead.

HCC added defensive stands late in the first half and for 5 1/2 minutes in the second half to wrestle the game away. In those three stands, HCC outscored Allegany 29-0.

“We were able to sustain runs a little better than they did,” Brown said. “To go out and beat a team like Allegany three times in a season is incredible. I don’t think we have ever done that.”

Allegany made an attempt to take the game away from HCC to start the second half. The Trojans opened the half with a 16-8 run to pull within 41-40 with 15:30 remaining.

HCC’s defense stepped up a notch, but it also got help from the offense as Devin Miller, who led HCC with 25 points, buried two 3-pointers followed by five points by D’Quan Lynch to put HCC back ahead 51-40.

“I can’t say enough about the clutch shooting by Devin Miller, especially in the period when Allegany came back,” Brown said. “He hit some huge 3s.”

HCC pulled away and led by as many as 20 when Jasmin Handanovic hit a 3 for a 74-54 lead with 4:13 remaining.

Najee White added 13 points for HCC. Armstrong scored 27 for Allegany.

“We are just looking forward to the challenge ahead tomorrow,” Brown said.

HCC 79, Allegany 68

Burke 6-13 2-3 14, Vasco 0-1 0-1 0, Armstrong 9-17 6-6 27, Dale 1-6 3-4 5, Chesson 3-12 6-6 12, Roberts 1-2 0-0 3, Tate 0-2 1-2 1, Simmons 0-0 0-0 0, Tillman 2-3 0-0 4, Turner 1-3 0-0 2. Totlas 23-59 18-22 68.
Scott 4-10 1-1 11, Miller 8-13 3-4 25, White 5-8 3-4 13, Handanovic 2-7 0-0 6, Coates 1-2 1-4 3, Lynch 3-8 3-4 10, Chisholm 3-7 2-2 8, Boyd 0-1 1-2 1, Jackson 0-3 0-0 0, Hairston 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 27-60 14-21 79.
Halftime — HCC 33, Allegany 24. 3-point goals — Allegany 4-10 (Armstrong 3-5, Roberts 1-1, Chesson 0-4), HCC 11-27 (Miller 6-9, Scott 2-5, Handanovic 2-7, Lynch 1-4, Jackson 0-2). Rebounds — Allegany 33 (Burke, Armstrong 5), HCC 44 (Chisholm 10). Assists — Allegany 5 (Armstrong 4), HCC 18 (Scott 5). Turnovers — Allegany 23, HCC 26. Total fouls — Allegany 20, HCC 17. Fouled out — Dale.

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