HAGERSTOWN—It became one of the most lopsided final scores ever between Hagerstown Community College and Allegany College of Maryland.
The Hawks continued along the unbeaten trail with their ninth straight win as they fashioned a 106-57 victory over Allegany in a Maryland JuCo Conference men’s basketball game Wednesday night at HCC.
“We could play (Allegany) three more times this year so this is important to get the first punch in against them,” HCC coach Barry Brown said.
The Hawks shot a sizzling 62.3 percent, hitting 43 of 69 from the floor, including 13 of 23 from 3-point range.
“Shooting is infectious when you’re hot,” Brown said. “We were able to get out on the break in transition.”
Kervin Rameau had 23 points and Antonio Jenifer had 22 for the Hawks (9-0, 3-0). All told, 12 Hawks were able to break into the scorebook with Christian Leach adding 11 points and Junius Thomas and Antwan Pittman scoring 10 each.
“It was important that we did not have a letdown after this past weekend,” said Brown, whose team won Saturday and Sunday at HCC’s Jim Brown Classic. “We warned the guys Allegany (1-7, 1-2) would be tougher than their record.”
The Hawks dominated the first six minutes thoroughly with a swarming defense and a smooth offense.
HCC bolted to a 10-0 lead as Kerwin Rameau had three buckets before Allegany scored on a goal by Ricky Mosley.
An 11-0 run, fueled by Leach coming off the bench with four quick points, gave the Hawks a 23-4 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
“It is important that the players coming off the bench are contributors,” Brown said. “Leach has been just that.”
By the 12-minute point, Allegany had been forced into more turnovers (10) than it had in points on the scoreboard.
HCC’s first 20-point lead came with 9:36 remaining in the half when Leach knocked down another bucket.
Allegany actually made a run late in the first half when HCC turned the ball over five times in a 3-minute span, getting to within 38-23 as Alex Brayboy scored eight straight points.
With 1:30 left in the half and HCC holding a 41-26 lead, Jenifer went to work connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers and then a two-pointer in transition with 10 seconds remaining to give the Hawks a commanding 49-26 lead at the break.
HCC came out firing at the start of the second half, hitting 9 of 10 to take a 70-32 lead. The Hawks led 80-40 with 10 minutes left.