After dropping three straight games, the Howard Community College men’s basketball team bounced back with a 97-73 victory over visiting Westmoreland Community College (Pittsburgh, PA) on Nov. 17. 

“It was good to get a team win and everybody contributed,” Dragons head coach Mike Smelkinson said. “We have been preaching defense and rebounding, and today we did a nice job in both categories.”

HCC improved to 2-3 overall heading into its first Maryland JUCO conference game against host College of Southern Maryland on Tuesday night in La Plata.

Sophomore guard James Peters (Oakland Mills) started the Dragons off by hitting a 3-pointer, and the team jumped out to an early 22-10 lead that was generated from their pressure defense. 


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Jazmon Harris led HCC in scoring with 16 points. Peters and Tyrell Addison each added 15 points, while Alie Kondeh had 14. 

The Dragons never trailed in the contest and took a 45-29 advantage into halftime. HCC’s biggest weapon was defense, creating a majority of its points off of turnovers to distance themselves.

“Our defensive pressure caused havoc in their front court which led to turnovers and points. Overall great team win at home,” sophomore forward Dolapo Olugbile said.

-Jay Nowaskey contributed to this story