HCC sweeps Cecil

December 07, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — While all the world around him was whizzing by, Barry Brown wasn’t worried.

Neither was the Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team.

“I kept telling the guys we had them right where we wanted them,” said Brown, HCC’s coach. “It was just that Cecil didn’t realize it.”

If trailing by nine points with 1:23 remaining is considered prime basketball real estate, the Hawks took up residence. Yet, HCC used a furious comeback and outscored Cecil 8-1 in the final 16 seconds — capped by Devin Miller’s steal and layup with 0.8 seconds left on the clock — to steal away a 88-86 victory on Wednesday at the HCC athletic complex.

“I knew we were all right,” Brown said. “This was just like a game we played last season in Frederick. The sophomores knew what to do.”

The men’s win was just a shade more dramatic than HCC’s women, who withstood a last-second shot to pull out a 65-64 victory over Cecil. The Hawks scored the last four points of the game, also in the final 15 seconds.

HCC’s men trailed 85-80 with 21.8 second remaining after Cecil’s Charles Burley hit the second of two foul shots. Then it was time for a pair of HCC sophomores to step forward.

Alister Chisholm hit a pair of 3s in a span of 12 seconds to put the Hawks into a 86-86 tie with 3.1 seconds left. Khaalis Coppock-Bey hit a foul shot in the middle to set up the tie.

Brown called time after Chisholm’s second 3 to set the stage.

Cecil went to inbound the ball after the timeout. Miller came in from behind and tipped the ball free. It bounced up to him under the basket, where he scooped it up and laid it in for the winning score.

“I just stayed behind (Coppock-Bey),” Miller said. “He thought he was going to get an easy inbounds pass and go to overtime. I was very surprised that the ball bounced up in front of me. We have practiced a lot as a team and we had been in this situation before.”

The Hawks led 41-39 at the half and pushed out to a 57-51 lead with 13:40 remaining before the Seahawks unloaded a 14-1 run — led by Burley scoring eight of his nine points over a four-minute span — to take a 65-58 lead. It forced the Hawks into comeback mode.

Chisholm led HCC with 19 points off the bench while Miller finished with 16. Antonio Jenifer added 16.

Coppock-Bey led Cecil with 30 points.

· The HCC women did everything they needed to pull out their victory over Cecil, but they still needed a little more.

“Sometimes, you have to say it was luck,” said HCC coach Marlys Palmer.

The Hawks had some of that heading down the stretch, as Cecil’s Shanice Smith missed a contested 5-footer with 1.2 seconds remaining to allow HCC to secure its eighth win in nine outings.

The two teams played tightly as HCC owned a 32-31 lead at the half before building an eight-point lead in the second half. Cecil’s Brianna Thomas hit a free throw to tie the game at 52 and set up a frantic final 6:30.

Yolanda Pinkcett became the center of HCC’s offense, with 11 of her 13 points and 10 of her 13 rebounds coming in the second half. She helped the Hawks take control with deflections that put HCC in motion.

Cecil built a 62-58 lead with 2:31 remaining before Pinkcett converted a three-point play to move the Hawks back within a point.

“This team does everything it is told,” Palmer said. “They fouled when we asked them and played the defense when we need it. This was a good win for us.”

The Seahawks got a putback by Smith to take a 64-61 lead on the Hawks, but it was Cecil’s last points of the game.

Katie Sprecher hit an 18-footer with 1:18 remaining and Alessandra Flores connected on a runner in the lane off a Sprecher rebound to give HCC the lead with 22.5 ticks remaining.

Cecil missed the mark on its last two possessions, both coming in the final 10 seconds with the help of an HCC offensive foul, to give the game to the Hawks.

Flores led the Hawks with 18 points, while Kishia Jackson finished with 11 for HCC. Thomas led Cecil with a game-high 22.

“We have had a lot of close ones lately,” Palmer said. “But this one was really tooth and nail. They really fought to get this one.”


Men's box score

HCC 88, Cecil 86
Moe 13, Holloman 12, Coppock-Bey 30, Burley 7, Bobb-Jones 10, Sharkey 6, Fauntleroy 2, Behnke 6 Totals 33 14-23 86
Womack 13, Clark 2, Miller 16, Jenifer 17, Boyd 2, Carter 10, Tarver 2, Sharp 2, Chisholm 19, Pittman 3, Watson 2. Totals 34 11-15 88
Halftime - HCC 41, Cecil 39. 3-point goals - Cecil 6 (Coppock-Bey 4, Holloman, Behnke), HCC 9 (Chisholm 4, Miller 3, Jenifer, Pittman).

Women's box score

HCC 65, Cecil 64
Thomas 22, Hsu 2, McQuaide 17, Butler 8, Smith 8, White 3, Ingram 4. Totals 24 7-12 64.
Jackson 11, Sprecher 6, Pinkcett 13, Roberts 7, Flores 18, Smothers 1, Reynolds 5, Dare 4. Totals 28 4-10 66.
Halftime - HCC, 32-31. 3-point goals - Cecil 9 (McQuaide 5, Thomas 3, White), HCC 5 (Jackson 3, Reynolds, Flores).

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