The Harford Community College men's and women's basketball teams broke in their brand new digs in high style Thursday night as each earned a victory against visiting Delaware County on Opening Night for the $26 million APG Federal Credit Union Arena.
In front of a sparse audience, the women played first and crushed the visitors, 106-10, while the men scored a come from behind win, 72-67.
"This place is ridiculous," Dimitrios Jelen-Joy said of his team's new home arena. "I almost feel like we don't deserve all this. It's really good to know we're going to play here half the season. I'm glad we could come back and win tonight."The APGFCU Arena, a 2,552-seat venue that's the new home of HCC's men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams, still had some unfinished construction as the inaugural games were played with a large section of the bleachers blocked off and temporary metal barricades surrounding the upper concourse. The arena was part of a $26 million expansion project at HCC that began in summer of 2011.
Jelen-Joy, a 2011 Joppatowne High School graduate, iced two free throws at the end of the men's game to give the Fighting Owls their final two in the five-point victory.
"It's good to get the win on opening night, in front of the home crowd at the new place," Brian Selby, HCC's men's basketball coach, said. "That brings the fans coming back for more, when you can win like that. This [new] arena is beautiful. There's really nothing like it at our level. We went from playing at middle schools with stages right behind one of the backboards to this place, with 2,500 seats and the big scoreboard hanging from the roof. This place is better than what a lot of Division 1 teams get to play in."