This past Wednesday November 14th, the Hagerstown Hawks fell short, losing to Allegany College of Maryland. This game marked the first conference game of the season for the Hawks. The scores were tight right from tip off, with the lead switching 21 times throughout the game, and this conference rivalry lived up to it's expected intensity.
The Hawks started strong and remained competitive while battling for their first conference victory. Late in the game, the Hawks couldn't finish at the free through line. The team shot 18-26 from the free through line, 69%. Tyrin Hollis led the Hawks, scoring 24 points with 6 assists. Jamichael Smart put up strong numbers, contributing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Malcolm Moye contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds, as well as Daron Hughey with 13 points.
The game was tied 70-70 with 4:04 left in the game, after a Hawks full timeout, turnovers were exchanged by both teams. Allegany Sophomore, Justin Copman, sparked the Trojans, making a layup, and then draining a deep three ball in the following possession. Forcing the Hawks to foul, Allegany missed opportunities at the free through line, and with 30 seconds remaining in the game, the Hawks called a timeout with a score of 83-81. Only trailing by two points, the Hawks came out of the timeout ready to execute. Jamichael Smart was the man for the job, as the team looked to have the ball in his hands at clutch time. In traffic, Smart put up a floater in the box, the ball rolled around the rim, falling off the rim and into the Trojan's possession. Hagerstown lost to Allegany College of Maryland 84-81, within inches of victory.