Howard Community College's men's basketball team is seeded second for the Maryland JuCo tournament that begins tomorrow at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills.
The second seeding earned the Iron Horse Express a first-round bye. Its first game is Friday against the winner of tomorrow's Frederick-Essex game.
HCC was 20-5 as of Monday and expects its chief tournament competition to come from top-seeded Prince George's, which beat HCC by three points.
Express coach Wheeler Brown also expects Garrett to be tough. Kamau Street leads the Express in scoring with a 22.5 average. He also averages 7.0 rebounds.
Darrin Johnson averages 19.0 points and 11.5 rebounds, and Richard Avent leads Maryland junior college players with 12.5 assists per game.
If HCC wins Friday, it would play at 6 p.m. Saturday. The finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.
The happiest high school boys basketball team in the county these days has to be Glenelg.
The Gladiators (12-5, 6-3) were given little chance of winning a county title this year, but as of Monday they were tied for first place with Centennial, Wilde Lake and Atholton.
Under first-year varsity coach Klaude Krannebitter, the team has won four straight and six of ". . . its last seven. Free-throw shooting has been a major plus for Glenelg recently.
In their win over Mount Hebron on Feb. 7, the Gladiators made 20 of 24 at the line in the fourth quarter and 28 of 36 overall. Glenelg had trailed by two points after three quarters.
"We were only 17-for-34 at the line in the game we lost to Howard [Jan. 29]," Krannebitter said. "Since then, we've been spending 30 or 40 minutes per day in practice just on free throws, and we're shooting them well now."
Mount Hebron, normally a strong three-point team, made only five of 24 from beyond the arc against Glenelg.
Centennial's boys basketball team (11-6, 5-4) lost its first three league games but had won five straight until yesterday's 54-48 loss to Wilde Lake.
The Eagles are a team that wins with hustle and defense. Their top scorer, Seann Jones, averages a modest 14.6 points.
Through 16 games, the Eagles were giving up only 56 points per game -- best in the county. During their five-game winning streak, they gave up just 53 points per game. Seven times they have held opposing teams below 50 points. Only four teams had scored more than 70 points against them.
Amani-Dove stars in Italy
Hamisi Amani-Dove (Wilde Lake) scored two goals for the U.S. under-23 national soccer team during three games at the 24-team Viareggio International Tournament in Italy from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5.
The U.S. team (1-1-1) missed advancing to the final round by one point.
Amani-Dove, who plays for Rutgers, scored the lone U.S. goal Jan. 31 in a 1-1 tie with defending tournament champion Atalanta of Italy.
He scored again in a 4-0 win over Sambenedettese of Italy. The U.S. team lost its final game, 2-1, to Cagliari of Italy.
The U.S. under-23 team consists of players who will compete for spots on the team that will represent the United States at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Howard assistant varsity boys basketball coach John Aquila is on the radio every Saturday giving a 10-minute report about Baltimore-area sports.
He is part of Butch McAdams' hourlong show called "Sports Talk" that originates at WOLB (1450 AM) in Washington and can be heard at 1010 on the Baltimore AM dial. The program airs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.