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Hubs win fourth straight, 85-57

January 23, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

Despite shooting 61 percent from the floor in the first half, North Hagerstown just wasn't able to pull away from a scrappy Clear Spring team. At least not until the Hubs defense kicked into high gear in the second half, propelling them to an 85-57 victory over the Blazers in a non-league contest Thursday night.

The win is the fourth straight for the Hubs, and the seventh in their last eight games.

"(North) stepped it up (defensively), and we couldn't meet it at that point in time," Clear Spring coach Doug Allen said. "That's something we talked about at halftime. (But) they moved their feet really well, and got into the passing lanes."

The Hubs (10-3) hit their first five shots of the game, and 8 of 11 in the first quarter, but managed just a 6-point advantage at the end of the period. The lead grew to 10 by halftime, but Clear Spring (5-9) was still able to get the ball inside, and was controlling the rebounding war.

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"I thought Doug really had them ready to play," North coach Tim McNamee said. "And they came out and played aggressively. But our kids reacted well to it. We didn't do a real good job rebounding in the first half, but we played well defensively in the second half and rebounded better."

North's defense forced nine Clear Spring turnovers in the third period, and spurred a 13-1 run in the final five minutes of the quarter. Most of the points came on layups as the Hubs pushed their lead to 56-34.

Richie Pantophlet had six points and Devin Carey added five in the rally. Carey finished the game with 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting. Pantophlet added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Eight of his rebounds came in the second half.

"We didn't really change anything defensively (at halftime)" McNamee said. "We came out at the beginning of the second half and just played a straight man (defense). We might have worn them down a little bit, but we didn't make any defensive adjustments outside of going to the boards a little harder."

"We had three straight turnovers to start the third quarter that gave them 10 points," Allen said. "We just weren't able to bring the ball up."

Cornell Keyes added 16 points for North. Travis Stoner handed out 14 assists.

J.C. Schnebly paced the Blazers with 18 points.

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