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South dispatches Hubs without delay

February 13, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee's strategy didn't backfire, but it certainly didn't help his cause.

With the score tied and three minutes left in the half, the Hubs went into their delay offense, but it didn't delay sixth-ranked South Hagerstown from scoring the final eight points of the half, which propelled the Rebels to a 66-44 win over their city rivals Friday in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"We just didn't execute it very well," McNamee said of the stall tactics.

"We turned the ball over, and they got some easy buckets."

With the eight-point halftime margin, South (14-3, 12-2) continued the roll with a 12-4 run to open the third quarter behind Moot Powell's five points.

"We went to a zone in the second half, just to work on it," said Rebels coach Bob Starkey. "And it completely stymied them. We hadn't played much zone, and it worked really well."

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The reason it worked so well is that North was unable to knock down its outside shot. The Hubs managed just two field goals from outside the paint all evening, hit only 17 of 56 shots from the floor (30 per cent) for the game, and eight of 22 from the charity stripe.

"We had them where we wanted them early," said McNamee. "We just struggled putting the ball in the basket. We had some good looks. We just didn't shoot the ball very well."

With South's lead at 19 points early in the fourth period, the Hubs (6-12, 5-10) reeled off eight straight points to close the gap to 50-39 with 4:59 left.

But they went scoreless for the next four minutes while South responded with 13 straight points - six of which came from Mike Lee - to put the game away.

South's John Schnebly led all scorers with 19 points, aided by Powell with 13 and Lee with 11.

Jason Ott's 14 points paced the Hubs, while Tater Russ contributed 11.

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