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Men's Basketball: Hawks reach Region XX final

March 01, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — For one time, the Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball team put a new twist on an old athletic belief.

On Friday, it wasn’t how the Hawks finished, it was how they started.

HCC jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first 8:25 of the game and kept Frederick at arm’s length the rest of the way to score a 95-84 victory on Friday in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XX tournament at the HCC athletic complex.

It was a combination of imaginative defense and a gritty edge provided by guard Jerel Carter that got HCC (27-4) out of the gates early and put Frederick in a hole it didn’t have enough shovels to dig out of.

“It was nice to be on that side of it,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “It’s better to be ahead than behind. We’ve been in that situation before and it takes a whole lot of effort to get back into the game.”

The Cougars’ effort ran out of time.

With the victory, HCC moves into the Region XX Division I championship game against top-seeded Baltimore on Sunday at 5 p.m. Baltimore advanced with an 85-58 victory over Harford in the opener.

The Hawks got to the final by putting a vacuum seal on the rim in the first 10 minutes of the first half.

HCC used variations of a 2-3 zone defense to hamper Frederick’s flow and altered shots to gain the early edge. The Cougars missed their first 10 shots before Da’Ron Wiserman hit a 3-pointer out of the corner to cut the deficit to 16-5 with 11:34 left in the half.

“We used our length and contested shots,” Brown said. “We made them shoot over us. They have a heck of a team and they are tough to take out.”

The objective was to limit the outside shooting of Frederick’s Arthur Tallye and the movement of Markee Mazyck. The pair managed 49 points in the game, but most of it came after the opening flurry. The Cougars won the last 31 minutes 82-79, but it wasn’t enough to come back.

The Hawks scored the first five points of the game before allowing Frederick a pair of foul shots to get on the board. HCC then went on an 11-0 run — highlighted by a drive down the middle for a slam by Carter — to take what was an insurmountable lead.

“Carter brought a lot of energy and he’s been a huge part of this program,” Brown said. “He’s a winner and he wants to go out a winner.”

HCC held a 27-19 lead before going on a 10-0 run to take an 18-point advantage with 3:32 to go in the half. The Hawks led 44-32 at the intermission.

In the second half, Frederick matched HCC but couldn’t outdo the Hawks. The closest the Cougars got the rest of the way was eight points.

“We got the win against a good team,” Brown said. “That’s the bottom line.”

HCC was led by Antonio Jenifer with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Carter and Christian Leach added 16 points each. Donte Thomas had 15 points and 15 assists.

Mazyck had 25 for Frederick, while Tallye finished with 24.

Now, the Hawks prepare to face Baltimore, which defeated them in overtime in the last Maryland JuCo Conference game of the season to win the regular-season title.

Hagerstown 95, Frederick 84
FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Tallye 6-16 2-3 24, Mazyck 8-14 7-11 25, Nelson 1-5 3-4 5, Wiserman 5-10 0-0 13, Jones 3-9 0-0 6, Majok 1-3 0-0 2, Welty 1-1 0-0 2, Doolin 1-1 0-0 2, Haley 1-1 0-0 2, Scott 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 32-66 12-18 84.
HAGERSTOWN COM. COLLEGE (27-4)
Jenifer 6-13 11-13 24, Carter 5-6 5-6 16, Leach 4-11 6-6 16, D. Thomas 5-10 4-5 15, Rameau 6-9 3-8 15, J. Thomas 2-5 2-2 6, Christy 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 29-59 31-40 95.
Halftime — Hagerstown 44, Frederick 32. 3-point goals — Frederick 9-22 (Tallye 4-7, Waserman 3-8, Mazyck 2-5, Nelson 0-1, Haley 0-1), Hagerstown 6-12 (Leach 2-2, Jenifer 1-3, Carter 1-1, D. Thomas 1-1, Christy 1-3, Mann 0-1). Fouled out — Nelson, Mazyck.

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