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South 'edges' Hubs

January 13, 1999

North vs. SouthBy MARK KELLER / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




A 19-point victory generally doesn't qualify as "getting away with a win."

But that's how Bob Starkey and South Hagerstown felt after a 72-53 win over crosstown rival North Hagerstown in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game Tuesday night.

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"None of the kids felt they played as well as they could have tonight," Starkey said. "Randy (Reeder) said it didn't feel like we won by 20; it felt like we won by one."

Both teams showed signs of rust. North hadn't played since last Wednesday, No. 4 South since last Tuesday.

South (9-1, 7-0) turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter; North had eight turnovers in the period.

South committed five fouls in the first three minutes of the game. The Hubs (4-6, 3-3) missed their first seven free throws.

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"We were both all wired up for the game and neither of us had played for a week," Starkey said. "It was just as I thought - neither one of us shot well and whoever settled in first would come out on top."

Neither team ever really settled in with its shooting. North shot 39 percent (20-for-51) on the night, while South hit just 34 percent (27-for-79) of its shots.

But the Rebels dominated the offensive boards, grabbing 24 to just 12 for the Hubs. South outrebounded North, 42-33.

"That was our biggest concern coming in. They just wore us down on the offensive boards," said North coach Tim McNamee. "That's something we worked on and talked about, but you can't simulate it in practice."

The Hubs came out and played South's game at the start. They forced the Rebels into five turnovers in the first four minutes and got six of their first eight points in transition.

But South turned the tables, forcing six North turnovers in its next seven possessions while Dominique Richmond scored seven straight points to give the Rebels an 11-8 lead.

Kelly McNamee and Jason Ott scored to put the Hubs back in front, but a pair of free throws by Alberto Valentin gave South the lead for good, 13-12, at the end of the first period.

Mike Lee led the Rebels with 14 points and 15 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end. Randy Reeder added 11 points and 10 rebounds, and John Schnebly had 10 points.

Tater Russ, who was averaging 20.5 points per game, was held to 12 for the Hubs

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