The Hawks didn’t need a coupon while getting beat by Garrett while helping the Lakers do it.
Garrett took HCC out of its preferred element with a strong halfcourt game to outscore the Hawks 7-4 in the final minute to claim a 87-84 Maryland JuCo Conference win on Wednesday at HCC’s athletic complex.
“When you play a good team like Garrett, you have to play with a lot of poise and shoot well,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “You have to be consistent and we weren’t. We didn’t do a lot of little things to win games. It’s only one game, but this is the first time this season that I feel like we beat ourselves.”
HCC (13-3, 6-1) is prepared to play any style of game, but prefers the racehorse style while the Lakers (9-5, 3-3) like to set it up and work the ball for good shots.
Garrett played like a fisherman trying to reel in the Big One. The Lakers allowed HCC to continually cast out to six- or seven-point leads before pulling the string on the Hawks and bringing them back to within two. HCC ended up falling for it hook, line and sinker.
“Their defense dictated what they wanted to do and ours didn’t dictate anything,” Brown said. “We allowed too many points inside and didn’t rebound to get out on the break. We got impatient and got off too many quick shots. The game is 40 minutes long, but we didn’t do well in the little things.”
The final 35 seconds of the game was a prime example.
The Hawks led virtually the entire game until Garrett tied the score at 68-68 on a Frank Holloway foul shot with 8:08 remaining. HCC again burst out to a 78-72 lead, keyed by a pair of baskets by Lauren Coates, with 4:08 remaining.
Garrett pulled HCC back and trailed 82-80 until Holloway used a power move to get a three-point play and the lead for the Lakers with 33.5 seconds remaining.
HCC’s Dameatric Scott missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining and then fouled Callum Jenkins with 15 seconds left, sending him to the line for a one-and-one to put Garrett up 85-82.
The Hawks took the ball down the floor and Garrett pinned Alister Chisholm against the sideline with the ball. After being unable to get an open outlet pass to a 3-point shooter, he fed the ball underneath to Devin Miller for a layup to bring the Hawks to within 85-84 with 3.6 seconds remaining.
“We wanted to get a quick two but would have taken a 3 if we could get it,” Brown said. “We took too much time off the clock and couldn’t get no one open.”
HCC called time and came out in a full-court press to try and steal the ball and the win. The Hawks tipped a steal attempt out of bounds with 2.3 seconds left and then had to foul Jenkins on the inbound pass. He canned his two shots, which left Jasmin Handanovic a desperation 3-point heave at the buzzer.
Holloway led Garrett with 17 points while Jenkins finished with 16. D’Quan Lynch topped HCC with 18 points and six assists, while Najee White scored 16 points in the paint. The Hawks played without leading scorer Tione Womack, who has been ruled academically ineligible.
Garrett 87, HCC 84
GARRETT CC (9-5, 3-3)
Clark 4 0-0 10, J. Dubuche 4 0-0 9, Stern 2 0-0 4, Jenkins 6 4-5 16, Gibson 5 1-1 13, T. Dubuche 3 0-0 7, Gipson 5 1-2 11, Holloway 4 9-11 17. Totals 33 15-19 87.
HAGERSTOWN CC (13-3, 6-1)
Lynch 7 2-2 18, Scott 3 4-4 11, Chisholm 5 4-6 15, Miller 3 1-2 8, White 7 2-3 16, Boyd 2 0-0 4, Handanovic 2 0-0 5, Hairston 1 1-1 3, Coates 2 0-0 4. Total 32 14-18 84.
Halftime — HCC 48, Garrett 41. 3-point goals — Garrett 6 (Clark 2, Gibson 2, J. Dubuche, T. Dubuche, HCC 6 (Lynch 2, Scott, Chisholm, Miller, Handanovic). Technical fouls — Gibson, Scott. Flagrant Foul — Holloway. Fouled out — Miller.