The Hagerstown Hawks faced the Potomac State Catamounts in the 2018-19 season opener at the Athletic Recreation & Community Center (ARCC,) Wednesday evening, coming up short of victory, 81-73.
The Catamounts out-rebounded the Hawks, shooting "lights out," to extend the lead to 26-10 with 8:20 remaining in the first half. With fouls mounting, Rodney Black (#20) sparked intensity for the Hawks, sank all 3 foul shots after being fouled on a 3 point attempt seconds before the end of the first half, and cut Potomac State's lead to 39-26.
The Hawks came out strong in the second half, drawing fouls and making it to the free throw line. Jamichael Smart (#23) capitalized, making back-to-back jump shots in consecutive possessions, coming off of a forced turnover by the Hawks, and Theo Braddy, Jr. (#22) pressured the Catamounts into a 30 second time out to shrink the deficit to 52-41 with 14 minutes remaining in the half. The Hawks continued intensity with Tyrin Hollis (#5) draining a 3 pointer with 3 minutes remaining in the half, bringing the Hawks within 8, and Malik Jackson (#2) adding three at the 1:11 mark, to bring the Hawks within 6, 79-73.
Potomac State was able to ride out the clock, forcing the Hawks to foul, bringing the final score to Catamounts 81, Hawks 73.
The Hawks next game is Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m., at home against Allegany College of Maryland.