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Hubs make breaks vs. Knights

January 05, 2000

Hubs make breaks vs. Knights: North grabs big lead, beats injury-depleted Middletown

North over MiddletownBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer




After North Hagerstown's 68-56 victory over Middletown on Wednesday, both Hubs coach Tim McNamee and Knights coach Tim Leber were left saying the same thing.

"We made big plays when we had to, not only offensive plays, but defensive ones also," McNamee said.

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"They kept hitting big shots when they needed them," Leber said.

Those two statements were the theme of the game, as North placed four players in double figures and had an answer for everything Middletown threw at it on both ends of the floor.

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The Hubs (6-3, 4-2) opened the game with a 12-3 run, keyed by five points from sophomore Scotty Rice. He finished with 14 points, eight assists, seven steals and seven rebounds. Tater Russ added five of his 15 points in the first quarter and also had six assists.

The Knights (3-4, 1-3) closed to 16-12 early in the second quarter, but North had it's first of many answers, finishing the quarter on a 18-7 run for a 34-19 lead at halftime. Evan Medley came off the bench to score seven of his 11 points in the run, while giving Russ a breather.

"I used my bench a little bit more early, I was able to spell Russ a little bit, which I normally don't get to do," McNamee said.

That rest benefitted North down the stretch as Middletown tried to make a run. The Knights closed to 49-42 on Sam Williams' basket to start the fourth quarter. But Williams missed a chance at the 3-point play, and the Hubs held firm.

A fresh Russ stepped up his game in the second half, scoring 10 points, including a key 3 and a runner in the lane in the fourth quarter.

"He answered great tonight, he took over," McNamee said. "We've been on him a little about taking over certain situations. Not that he has to do it all himself ... I think all our guys can score, but he's got to look to be a little more involved."

"When we'd get close, Tater would bury a 3, or Rice would get into the lane," Leber said. "They made some big plays when they had to to keep us at distance."

Nate Naylor added 11 points for the Hubs, while Jason Ott had six points and seven rebounds and Mike Rodgers came off an injury to add two 3-pointers in North's balanced attack.

North 68, Middletown 56




MIDDLETOWN (56)

Costello 20, Williams 16, Harvey 3, Manning 11, Gordon 4, Main 2. Totals 20 11-18 56.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (68)

Ott 6, Russ 15, Medley 11, Rice 14, Everett 2, Naylor 11, Rodgers 6, Berry 1. Totals 27 8-14 68.

Middletown 8 11 21 16 - 56

North 16 18 15 19 - 68

3-Point Goals - Middletown 5 (Harvey, Manning 3, Gordon), North Hagerstown 6 (Russ 3, Rice, Rodgers 2).

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