Hubs keep on winning: North pulls away from Walkersville for 11th straight

February 09, 2000

Hubs keep on winning: North pulls away from Walkersville for 11th straight

North over WalkersvilleBy DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

If North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee keeps gambling like this, Las Vegas roulette tables should be very wary.

The Hubs again turned to their go-for-broke diamond-and-1 press and half-court trap, and for the 11th straight time they came out a winner, knocking out Walkersville Wednesday, 59-47 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

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"It's not a secret for us anymore; everyone's seen it now," McNamee said. "It's a defense that you really gamble with, because if they break you, they've got easy points. But if you force turnovers and are quick on defense, it works for you."


It worked to near-perfection for the Hubs (14-3, 12-2), who used their fast hands and faster feet to get the spurt needed to bust the game open. With the score tied at 29-29 with 4 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter, North got two transition buckets - including a pull-up 3 by Scott Rice - and two more baskets for a 10-0 run and a 39-29 lead with 2:28 left in the third.

"We were playing good, but as soon as they put any pressure on us, we came to a screeching halt," Walkersville coach Mike Mummert said. "We didn't take advantage of our opportunities and we really didn't make some good decisions passing the ball either."

Walkersville (13-5, 11-5) got the next two buckets to make it a six-point game, but North's Filip Simic banked in a 3 at the buzzer for a 42-33 game. The Lions then turned the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter - 25 for the game - and went just 1-for-11 from 3-point range to thwart any comeback bid.

"You get past the trap, and then they get into that zone," Mummert said. "There aren't many good looks to begin with and they come flying at you. It's just more defense to look at."

David Croall had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Aaron Edgley added 12 rebounds for Walkersville.

Rice had nine rebounds and more kicked balls than a Hubs' soccer practice on the defensive end, while Tater Russ poured in 22 and caused enough havoc in the trap to keep North on track for a shot at the MVAL title.

Not that the Hubs are even paying attention to that.

"We're just going one at a time," McNamee said. "We aren't talking about the MVAL, or the playoffs or anything else.

"Right now we're just playing aggressive defense, and the rest will take care of itself. We'll do the same thing again on Friday."

North 59, Walkersville 47


Hoffman 10, Edgley 8, Driesenstok 4, Croall 16, Beaver 2, Bangh 3, Abbott 4. Totals 22-56 2-5 47.


Rice 10, Rodgers 5, Russ 22, Medley 4, Ott 9, Hess 2, Simic 3, Crivari 4. Totals 23-51 9-13 59.

Walkersville 12 13 8 14 - 47

N. Hagerstown 14 13 15 17 - 59

Three-point goals - Walkersville 1 (Hoffman), North Hagerstown 4 (Rice 2, Rodgers, Simic). Technical Fouls - Abbott, Ott.

JV - Walkersville, 67-58, OT (W: Mark Angleberger 15; NH: Eugene Rogers, Tim Salvagno 17).

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