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Impatience pays off for Hawks this time

November 03, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball coach Barry Brown realizes that sometimes you have to be happy with what is sitting right in front of you. That includes victories. “We¿ll take it,” Brown said on Wednesday. ¿That¿s all I can say. We have to do better.¿ The Hawks didn¿t give Brown much — good, that is ¿ to talk about. HCC went against Brown¿s plan to play good, simple, controlled basketball and got away with it to pull away to a 103-88 victory over Northern Virginia on Wednesday in the Hawks season opener at the HCC athletic complex. NOVA came in and turned up the tempo ¿ and HCC let them ¿ turning the game into a seven-furlong chase. HCC managed to rebound, play some defense and hit foul shots like Brown would like, but fell for the quick-paced trap. ¿We started extremely impatient,¿ Brown said. ¿We had too many one-pass shots. (NOVA) was smaller and wanted to run. Our decision making was bad.¿ The opening tip was like the starting gate opened and the sprint was on. The two teams played to three ties before HCC established an edge with its rebounding. Antonio Jenifer hit five points to end a 17-5 run that gave the Hawks a 31-19 lead with 9:22 left in the half. The Hawks moved to a 46-30 advantage before NOVA put on a closing rush, led by guards Simeon Denny and Chris Jones, to move within 49-42 at the half. NOVA continued to press the issue in the second half as the quicker pace continued to knock HCC off the mark. Denny scored with 13:05 remaining to bring the game to within 63-62. But Jerel Carter took over for the Hawks and Devin Miller started finding his range to help the Hawks regain control. HCC unloaded a 17-7 run over a six-minute span to take an 80-69 lead that it never relinquished. Miller added five points in another run that gave HCC a 91-76 lead to all but ice the game, but not in a way Brown would have preferred. ¿I knew NOVA was going to make us work to the end,¿ Brown said. ¿They worked to get us pick up the pace. We went a little deeper on our bench and with about seven minutes to go, it started take the toll on them. They started to lose their legs.¿ Jenifer and Miller led HCC with 21 points each while Carter added 17. Denny led all scorers with 26. ¿It¿s a win, but we stlll have a lot to work on,¿ Brown said.

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