How high can HFCC Hawks cagers fly?

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Javan Thomas (left), captain of the Henry Ford Community College men’s basketball team, is the Hawks’ leading scorer, averaging more than 14 points per game. Head coach Abe Mashhour has been at the helm of the team for 14 years.

With 14 games already under their belts and owners of a 9-5 overall record, the Henry Ford Community College men’s basketball team is doing quite well.

Head coach Abe Mashhour has been at the helm for the past 14 years. He currently has the Hawks flying above mid-range and close to high altitude when it comes to competition on the hardwoods. HFCC is shooting for one of the top spots (4-1) in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Mashhour is a 1990 Fordson High School graduate, where he played varsity roundball for legendary coach John McIntyre, now retired. Mashhour was upbeat about his Hawks hoopsters last week.

“This is a good team and we have a shot at gaining a league title and getting to see some playoff action this season,” he said. “We had a few issues with a couple of players and we handled it with discipline and those few players have been dismissed from our squad. We should continue to win the majority of our games.”

Javan Thomas has been one of the key players in the Hawks’ starting lineup as the 2012-13 season moves to the halfway point. Thomas, a 6-3 freshman guard, is the team captain and leading scorer at more than 14 points per game. Thomas gained his prep experience Melvindale High School.

In early January tilts, HFCC downed Macomb Community College in Warren and outscored Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The hometown hoopsters host Wayne County Community College District Wednesday and travel to Port Huron and take on St. Clair County Community College Saturday.

The Hawks have five league home games on tap in February. Macomb CC comes to the Evergreen campus Memorial Athletic Building on Feb. 2 in a 3 p.m. tipoff. Hawk fans and alumni won’t want to miss this encounter as these two teams challenge each other for top position in circuit standings.

This year is special as a bit of sports history is in the making. HFCC is a member school of the National Junior College Athletic Assocition, and they are helping to celebrate 75 years of existence, from 1938 to 2013.