HFCC men’s cagers ramble on, take shot at league playoff title

Abe Mashhour

By Daniel Gretzner
“There isn’t any team in our league that we can’t beat.”

Those were the words of Henry Ford Community College men’s basketball head coach Abe Mashhour when talking about what his current squad is capable of doing during the league playoffs.

Mashhour, has guided his 2011-12 team to a 20-9 overall record. The Hawks are members of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association East Division.

Question No. 1 for the team is: Can they knock off the other top teams during the playoffs? Their coach says “I feel real good about our chances to win all games leading up to, and including, the title contest,” at Mott Community College in Flint Friday and Saturday.

The HFCC cagers took a tight 84-82 victory over St. Clair Community College in Port Huron last week, ending their regular season schedule.

“We were able to pull off an important win that gives us a solid third place finish in our 10-team circuit,” Mashhour said.

On March 6, the Hawks, a No. 3 seed, hosted the No. 6 seed, either Delta CC, St. Clair CC or Macomb CC. Results will determine the opponent that the locals will face in the opening round of the playoff format.

If the Hawks win their home game, they will advance to the final four and have a good shot at the MCCAA East Division title. It looks as though the Hawks will make it to the championship game versus Mott CC.

A win in the title game this coming weekend will put them in the national playoff picture, as they would continue to move deeper in the postseason.

Mashhour has been the mentor at HFCC for 12 years. He is a Dearbornite who played on the Fordson varsity team in 1989-90. That means he had the honor to play for the then retiring Tractors coach John McIntyre.

Will the Hawks make it all the way to the National playoff games to be played in Illinois within the next few weeks? Most everyone on the Dearborn campus will be rooting for the locals to make a big splash on the hardwood during the “March Madness” tilts.