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Howard College teams rout Clarendon to wrap up road stint

February 8, 2013

Howard College's Rico Richardson makes a shot on a fast break layup during Thursday's 105-84 road win over Clarendon College. The Hawk men and women will be back at home Saturday against South Plains College. Games will begin at 1 p.m.

CLARENDON — The Lady Hawks came away with a 66-50 road win against Clarendon College in what Head Coach Earl referred to as “a pivotal game”.

“I was really impressed with the way we came out and played,” Diddle said of his squad's performance. “They played well defensively and really had no mental lapses even though Clarendon is a tough team to play against. They are very unorthodox.”

HC led the Lady Bulldogs by 12 at the halfway mark, who pulled within eight in the second half of play, but couldn't complete the rally and fell short in the final minutes of play.

“It was a good game for us,” Diddle said. “We have played well for almost 25 games. We have lost some games that came down to one possession and it's been tough, but I believe we are a better team now.”

South Plains College — which defeated the Lady Hawks just over a month ago by three points — will be the Lady Hawks' next test, as they have a short turnaround before welcoming SPC on Saturday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.

“We lost by three in a tough game to South Plains,” Diddle added. “It was a game we were up by six or seven points, but we couldn't close the game. We are prepared to do a better job tomorrow defensively and passing the ball. We're excited.”

Following the women's game against SPC, which begins at 1 p.m., will be the final Hawk Buddies event of the season as well.

Enrollees in the Howard College and Wells Fargo sponsored Hawk Buddies Camp will be honored receive souvenirs for their participation.

Hawk Buddies is also extended to the general public Saturday, with the Lady Hawks basketball team and cheerleaders signing autographs and posing for pictures for anyone attendee who wishes to meet the Howard College lady hoopsters.

CLARENDON — It was all Hawks on Thursday as Howard College closed out a four-game road trek with a 105-84 rout of Clarendon College.

The victory game HC the season sweep of their conference foes, but despite the lopsided score, Head Coach Mark Adams called the game a “roller coaster ride”.

“When you play Clarendon in that small gym, you feel like you are playing 6-on-5,” Adams said. “It's a great atmosphere and they have a lot of student body support, so it makes it intense.”

Though the Bulldogs were able to reduce the Hawks' lead to seven points, HC turned up the heat in the final minutes of action.

“We shot the ball well,” Adams explained. “As well as we have all year. We shot 68 percent of our field goals.”

Cameron Forte continued to account for a good chunk of the Hawks' offense, putting up 30 points. Adams also credited DeShaun Wiggins, Phillip Miller and Rico Richardson for their play Thursday.

“They did a good job,” Adams said. “(Richardson) did a good job of running the team in that environment. He played very mature. He's played well the past few games.”

Next up for the Hawks will be conference rival South Plains College at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“It's an extremely important game for both teams,” Adams added. “We're all trying to make it to the regional tournament. We are road weary, we are trying to get everyone rested and healthy.”

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