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Hurry-up Hubs wallop Warriors

January 11, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown's basketball team does everything quickly. The players even get out of the gym quickly after a game.

Friday night, the Hubs quickly established a lead against Boonsboro behind 21 points from Cornell Keyes, and disposed of the Warriors, 78-52, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"I was pleased," said North coach Tim McNamee. "This was the first time this year we've gotten up on somebody that quickly and held on. We've gotten up on teams before, but we've let them back in it. Tonight, it was all but over by halftime."

The Hubs (7-3, 4-2) scored 14 unanswered points in less than four minutes late in the first period to claim a 23-10 advantage at the end of one quarter.

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Justin McConnaughey came off the bench to take over in the second quarter with 10 points, as a 10-0 run late in the period gave the Hubs a 51-20 lead at the half.

"McConnaughey came off the bench and did a real good job for us," said McNamee. "And that's what we need. Keyes and (Richie) Pantophlet get into foul trouble at times, so it's nice to see him step in and really help us."

Many of North's points came on second shots, as the smaller Hubs dominated the boards.

"I think it was their quickness," Boonsboro coach Curt Conway said of North's rebounding edge. "They're just so quick to the boards. We tried to box them out, but they were gone. They're that quick."

Keyes scored eight points for the Hubs in the third period, but an 8-4 run to end the quarter allowed the Warriors (4-6, 3-4) to keep North's already-out-of-reach lead at 31 points.

Keyes' 21 points came on 10 of 14 shooting, all of which came within five feet of the basket, many on rebounds.

"To combat their quickness, we needed to slow down," said Conway. "We were trying to play as quickly as they were, and we can't. We're playing real hard right now, we're just not playing real smart."

Curt Heuer and Cory Linton paced the Warriors with 11 and 10 points.

Devin Carey scored 14 points and McConnaughey added 12 for North.

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