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Hubs' win streak reaches 10

February 08, 2000|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

All Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram could ask his players to do was play hard in the second half Tuesday at North Hagerstown.

With the game seemingly out of reach - North led by 24 at the half on its way to a 67-48 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win - Ingram preached those two words throughout the second half.

He was pleased with his team's response.

"When you're down 24 points in the first half, that's all you have to play for," Ingram said. "You play for pride, play hard and we wanted to win both quarters in the second half. That was the object - to build for the next game."

But the Hubs - winners of 10 straight games - so outplayed the Warriors in the first half that Boonsboro's intensity in the second half did little to change the story told by the scoreboard.

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North (13-3, 11-2) scored on its first five possessions and Tater Russ had a hand in each of the Hubs' 11 points, scoring five and dishing out three assists to Evan Medley for the rest.

Leading 23-11 early in the second, the Hubs rattled off nine straight points to extend the lead to 21 points. North trailed by no less than 16 the rest of the way.

"Overall, I was happy we jumped out on top the way we did," said North coach Tim McNamee. "I thought that was important for us tonight, because they can be a dangerous team if you let them hang around."

That was never an issue, although Boonsboro's intensity and North's lack of it caused McNamee to use a timeout early in the second half to try and wake his team.

"I wasn't really upset with our execution, we just weren't playing with any enthusiasm or any intensity defensively," McNamee said. "But it's a tough game when you jump out like that to continue to play hard."

Russ led the Hubs with 20 points and 10 assists. Medley had 14 points and five steals and Scott Rice had eight rebounds. Eduardo Crivari had 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Adam Miller had 12 points and Justin Malott had 10 for the Warriors (3-11, 1-11).

"It's tough when you're playing one of the best teams in the league to try to prepare yourself mentally and be confident you can win," Ingram said. "That's something we've got to work on."

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