Crossland Coach Earl Hawkins asks his players to be consistent, execute well and play with intensity. If they are successful in all three areas, Hawkins, whose teams have won 57 of their last 63 games, is convinced they will win.

The top-ranked Cavaliers graded A in all three areas last night in an 89-68 triumph over Friendly in a Prince George's AA League game at Friendly.

"I'm looking for more execution and intensity from the guys," said Hawkins, after his team improved to 11-0, 7-0 in league play. "In the second and third period, we played very well. We played sound zone defense, started to execute much better and got some easy baskets. In the first quarter, we were feeling them out and picked up some silly fouls and missed shots.

"But give Friendly some credit, too. They were a big reason we were behind. They played hard, too."

Actually, the only time the visitors trailed last night was at 5-4. Before Crossland turned it on, Friendly (6-3, 5-2) stayed close on some early three-point plays and 12 points by Dickey Simpkins. Three points in the final seconds pulled Friendly within 23-22 after one period.

Crossland's fast break got in gear in the next period. Anthony Higginbotham's passes to Walter Williams (19 points) and Bernard Hunt (26 points) often resulted in easy layups and allowed the Cavaliers' to build their lead.

After Friendly's Robert Green sank a three-pointer to tie the game at 27, Hunt scored twice and Higginbotham (13 points, 10 assists) added another layup to boost Crossland into the lead at 33-27 with five minutes to play.

Brian Watkins had five of his 11 points in the period as the Cavaliers led, 44-37, at intermission.

"We started getting the ball off the glass and running and were able to get a lead," said Higginbotham, a 6-foot point guard. "We haven't been playing to our potential and Coach {Hawkins} told us we were overdue."

Crossland was all business in the third period and that was bad news for the Patriots. A quick 8-2 spurt, ignited by Higginbotham and finished off by Williams, who had five dunks, gave Crossland a 54-41 lead with five minutes to play in the period.