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Men's basketball: Hawks topple Cardinals with flock mentality

January 25, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

Hagerstown Community College showed basketball is a team game.

HCC’s men put together a one-for-all effort as all 13 players contributed on Wednesday in an 81-65 Maryland JuCo Conference win over Catonsville.

“We didn’t take this team lightly,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “I loved our defensive intensity. This was a good Maryland JuCo win.”

HCC (18-3, 12-0) shot 15-of-39 in the first half to earn a 39-29 lead, thanks in large part to 6-of-15 shooting from 3-point range.

Catonsville stayed within striking distance on eight points by Kevin Jackson and seven from Willie Kee, but the Cardinals weren’t ready for Devin Miller.

The start of the second half was Miller Time.

Miller hit his first five shots and scored 13 of his team-leading 16 points in the first five minutes and the Hawks never looked back. Miller also had seven rebounds and three steals.

“Devin turned it on tonight. He took a fairly close game and gave us some room,” said Brown. “When he gets that look in his eye, watch out. He had the hot hand and was making plays defensively.”

The Hawks came out and upped their defensive pressure in the second half. HCC outrebounded Catonsville 56-40 and force 12 of the Cardinals’ 18 turnovers in the second half.

Alister Chisholm had five steals and seven rebounds along with his 11 points, Jerel Carter had six points and five steals, and Tione Womack had 11 points and seven rebounds.

“Womack, Carter and Kavon Pyatt set the tone on the perimeter,” Brown said. “Our guards worked hard defensively tonight.”

Wednesday’s game was the first of six in 15 days for the Hawks to close out the season. Brown is happy to see that his entire team is getting quality minutes down the stretch.

“The worst thing is to be thin on the bench, and thankfully, we’re all healthy and ready to move towards the postseason,” said Brown. “Now we’re just trying to clean things up to be effective when it counts.”

Lawrence Weldon had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jackson and Kee each had 15 points for Catonsville.

HCC 81, CCBC-Catonsville 65
CCBC-CATONSVILLE (7-14, 5-7)
Smothers 8, Weldon 16, Kee 15, Scott 5, Jackson 15, Barfield 6. Totals 22 17-23 65.
HAGERSTOWN (18-3, 12-0)
Womack 11, Carter 6, Pyatt 8, Tarver 8, Sharp 2, Ashamole 4, Chisholm 11, Miller 16, Jenifer 4, Boyd 6, Pittman 3, Watson 2. Totals 32 9-14 81.
Halftime — HCC 39, Catonsville 29. 3-point goals — Catonsville 4 (Kee 2, Barfield 2); HCC 8 (Pyatt 2, Chisholm 2, Womack, Tarver, Miller, Pittman). Rebounds — Catonsville 40 (Smothers 11); HCC 56 (Womack, Miller 7 each). Turnovers — Catonsville 18, HCC 14.

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