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North extends winning streak to five

January 29, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown has found its formula for success: A generous amount of defensive quickness, combined with a little more quickness at the offensive end.

That combination worked again Tuesday night, as the Hubs kept Smithsburg winless with a 73-46 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

North has now won five in a row and seven of its last eight.

The Hubs' quickness forced 27 Leopards turnovers, many of which resulted in easy buckets for North. The Hubs shot 55 percent from the floor in the first three periods, playing most of the final quarter with their starters on the bench. All five Hubs starters finished in double figures.

"When we've been successful this year we've had balanced scoring," said North coach Tim McNamee. "(That's true) even in some of the games we've lost. In our starting lineup, all five kids can score."

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Despite the lopsided score, McNamee was still not completely satisfied with his club's performance. After rolling to a 21-point lead at the half, North (11-3, 8-2) allowed the Leopards to rally in the third quarter and close the gap to 43-26 with 2:44 remaining. The run was highlighted by eight points from Christian Broyles and a pair of Vince Acfalle 3-pointers.

"We got complacent, I guess, and got confused a little defensively," McNamee said. "We changed defenses a couple times in the third quarter and they started beating us down the floor. Then we went to the zone press and that got us going a little bit."

"I'm pleased with our performance in the third and fourth quarters," said Leopards coach Dave Morris. "If we could give that kind of defensive and offensive effort throughout the whole game, we could be competitive."

Morris was pleased with his club's rebounding effort. The Leopards kept the Hubs from getting second and third attempts to score.

"I told them before the game that if we can beat (North) inside, we have a chance to win the game," Morris said. "But the difference just wasn't enough. (The Hubs) are just too athletic for us."

The Hubs got rolling early, scoring the first 10 points of the game, and held a 20-5 advantage after eight minutes. Travis Stoner and Josh Fitchett had six points apiece in the opening quarter.

Broyles scored 13 points and Acfalle added 10.

Fitchett's 14 points led the Hubs. Cornell Keyes added 12, Richie Pantophlet and Devin Carey had 11 each, and Travis Stoner chipped in with 10.

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