Advertisement

College Basketball: HCC men rally to stay unbeaten

November 25, 2012|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team raised it record to 8-0 as they earned a come-from-behind 87-79 win over the Monroe College Mustangs from Bronx, N.Y., on Sunday during the second day of the Jim Brown Classic at the HCC athletic complex.

“I think our sophomores really understansd the significance of playing Monroe,” HCC coach Barry Brown said. “We battled in the first half. But in the second half, it was a gut check. Monroe had a real big and physically tough team that was well-coached. The only way that we can compete with a team like Monroe is to be aggressive both offensively and defensively.”

Monroe College (5-4) held a 54-44 lead over HCC (8-0) with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

The Hawks outscored the Mustangs 43-25 in the final 15 minutes to get the eight-point victory.

The Hawks fired in a total of 13 3-pointers in the game.

Sophomore forward Antonio Jenifer had 19 points and seven rebounds for HCC, while freshman guard Christian Leach scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, including four 3-pointers, and freshman guard Donte Thomas contributed 15 points and nine assists for the Hawks. Sophomore guard Kervin Rameau added seven rebounds, while sophomore forward Antwan Pittman had six rebounds in the victory.

Maurice Ndour finished with 27 points and nine rebounds for Monroe College. Stephane Manga had 16 points, while A.J. West added 10 points and six blocked shots for the Mustangs.

“On Saturday, we came back from 16 points down to beat Monroe Community College (Rochester, N.Y.), who is ranked third in Division II,” Brown said. “Then we followed that up by beating a Division I powerhouse today in Monroe College. This was just a great weekend for this program. But we still have a lot of work to do.”

The number “26” turned out to be unlucky for the HCC women’s basketball team. The Hawks committed 26 turnovers and only shot 26 percent from the field as they lost Sunday to Monroe College 54-40.

“I think we made progression,” HCC coach Vicky Bullett said. “We did a pretty good job of rebounding the basketball. I think we need to take care of the ball a little more. We had 26 turnovers and the majority of them were unforced. They capitalized on our turnovers. We only shot 26 percent from the field. We are trying to get our shooting up to at least 35 percent.”

Jasmine McRoy had 19 points and Ashley Castle added 10 points for Monroe (6-1).

Katie Sprecher had team-high totals of 12 rebounds and 11 points, while Sasha Orr grabbed 11 rebounds for HCC (1-6).

“We had to go to small ball,” Monroe coach James Robinson said. “We had to use speed to win the game today. Hagerstown was more comfortable with catching the ball and shooting it. We made them put the ball on the floor, because they were not as comfortable with doing that. We were able to take advantage of that.”

HCC will host Allegany in a basketball doubleheader on Wednesday night. The women’s game is at 6 and the men’s game is at 8.

In the earlier men’s game Sunday, Monroe Community College (6-1) got a 78-58 win over Allegany (1-6). TaQuan Zimmerman scored 16 points, Malcolm McNair got 14 points, Tashawn Desir added 11 points and Kenny Johnson had 10 points for Monroe (Rochester). Alex Brayboy scored 21 points and Ricky Mosley added 17 points for Allegany.

In the earlier women’s game, Patrick Henry (6-0) was a 70-63 winner over Allegany (0-8). Jasmine Rawls had 11 points and Shakeia Salters added 10 points for Patrick Henry. Maddie Nightengale scored 23 points, Derick Souder added 16 points and Monique Rhodes had 13 rebounds and 11 points for Allegany.

Men’s Game
HCC men 87, Monroe College 79
MONROE COLLEGE (5-4)
Epps 3 0-0 8, DeJesus 0 2-2 2, Carson 2 0-0 4, Ndour 9 8-9 26, Martin 2 0-0 5, Morillio-Lajara 2 0-0 4, Johnson-Coston 2 0-0 4, Manga 7 2-3 16, Phillip 0 0-0 0, West 4 2-2 10, McDaniel 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 14-16 79.
HCC (8-0)
Coates 1 0-0 3, Carter 2 2-4 6, Jenifer 7 2-2 19, J. Thomas 1 2-2 4, Jones 2 1-1 6, Clerius 0 0-0 0, Leach 6 0-0 16, D. Thomas 4 6-8 15, Jeffrey 1 0-0 3, Pittman 2 1-2 7, Rameau 3 2-4 8. Totals 29 16-23 87.
Halftime: HCC 39-36. 3-point field goals: Monroe College 3 (Epps 2, Martin); HCC 13 (Coates, Jenifer 3, Jones, Leach 4, D. Thomas, Jeffrey, Pittman 2).

Women’s Game
Monroe College 54, HCC 40
MONROE COLLEGE (6-1)
Castle 4 0-0 10, Bonds 1 0-1 2, McCabe 0 0-0 0, Richardson 0 0-0 0, C. Jones 2 0-0 5, Forest 1 1-2 4, McRoy 7 2-2 19, Frazier 2 1-3 5, Huckaby 0 1-2 1, T. Jones 3 0-0 6, Griffin 0 0-0 0, Brown 1 0-0 2. TOTALS 21 5-10 54.
HCC (1-6)
Taylor 1 0-0 2, Smothers 0 2-2 2, Connelly 0 0-0 0, Orr 2 0-0 5, Adams 3 1-3 7, Comfort 1 1-2 3, Mstowski 3 2-5 8, Sprecher 4 2-2 11, Monette 0 2-2 2, Wallace 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-16 40.
Halftime: Monroe 25-19. 3-point field goals: Monroe College 7 (Castle 2, C. Jones, Forest, McRoy 3); HCC 2 (Orr, Sprecher).

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|