By BOB PARASILITI
11:17 PM EST, November 12, 2012
The Hagerstown Community College men’s basketball season is all about the journey.
The Hawks play with a final destination in mind. On Monday, they had an opportunity to GPS the route they want to follow.
HCC plotted a course to avoid bumps and potholes with strong, consistent play as it tied together a total effort to run over the Alderson-Broaddus JVs 136-56 at the HCC athletic complex.
Jean Eddy Clerius spearheaded a pair of early decisive runs en route to 27 points to help the Hawks take the fast lane to their fourth win of the season. Many games won’t be this easy, but there was still an air of accomplishment in this 80-point victory.
“It was important to us to play hard from the beginning to the end,” said HCC coach Barry Brown. “We wanted to establish effort. We got effort and enthusiasm and got a lot of it no matter who was on the court.”
Effort and enthusiasm are one thing, but points are important, too. HCC got a whole lot of all of them.
The Hawks used an inside presence to battle A-B’s commitment to 3-point shooting to establish the needed effort and got an abundance of points to make it all worth while.
HCC held an early 18-12 lead as the Hawks used close-range shooting and the foul line to establish the advantage while the Battlers unloaded four 3-pointers to stay in the game for the first 4 1/2 minutes.
Clerius was in the middle of HCC’s first decisive run — a 20-5 outburst that led to a 38-17 lead with 8:45 remaining before halftime. He scored nine points by taking the ball inside and capped it with a 3 as the Hawks took over.
HCC then finished it off for all intents and purposes with a 20-4 run in the final five minutes of the half. Clerius scored six straight points and added a steal and assist to Tyrese Mann to give the Hawks a 70-27 bulge at the intermission.
“Jean Eddy had absolutely a fantastic game,” Brown said. “He’s a West Virginia kid having a great game against a West Virginia school and that’s something special.
“We pounded the inside. (Junius) Thomas set the tone and played his best game. We did what we are capable of doing and that is great to see.”
HCC held A-B to just 10 baskets in the first half, but seven were 3-pointers.
“If we had continued to play man and left some of their shooters free, they would have made 3s all night,” Brown said. “We came out and played our tempo in the second half and took the 3s away from them. I was proud because we didn’t take them lightly.”
It was more of the same in the second half.
HCC broke fast as Antonio Jenifer and Thomas took over to open the final 20 minutes to put a quick end to the tiring Battlers.
The Hawks led 85-34 with 16:52 remaining and 95-40 with 11:45 left before unloading a 26-0 run to push the lead 121-40 with six minutes remaining.
The Battlers only managed three 3s in the second half because of tired legs. They scored 22 baskets overall and were led by Ron Miller with 18 points and Dylan Lester with 13.
Thomas matched Clerius’ 27 while Kervin Rameau added 16.
“It was good that we got everyone a chance to play,” Brown said. “We have some tough games coming up and we have to be ready to play. Everyone understands that we are building to something bigger here.”
HCC 136, Alderson-Broaddus JV 56
Moss 0 0-2 0, Scott 1 0-0 2, Franklin 1 0-2 2, Miller 7 0-0 18, Lester 5 0-0 13, Goodman 2 0-0 4, Gandee 4 0-0 9, Johnson 4 0-0 9. Totals 22 4-10 56.
Coates 3 0-0 6, Carter 4 0-0 8, Jenifer 5 0-0 10, J. Thomas 11 5-7 27, Mann 3 0-0 6, Clerius 9 6-6 27, Leach 3 2-2 8, Christy 4 1-3 10, D. Thomas 1 3-5 5, Jeffrey 1 1-2 3, Pittman 2 0-0 6, Rameau 8 0-0 16, Pehoua-Tarasogo 2 0-0 4. Totals 56 18-24 136
Halftime — HCC 70, Alderson-Broaddus 24. 3-point baskets — Alderson-Broaddus 10 (Miller 4, Lester 3, Johnson 2, Gandee), HCC 6 (Clarius 3, Pittman 2, Christy).
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