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North tops Williamsport

February 14, 2000

North over WilliamsportBy MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - Monday night found North Hagerstown and Williamsport trying to bounce back from tough road losses just three days earlier.

But the question wasn't so much which team would bounce back and win. It was more which team would have the energy to do so.

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The Hubs, playing their seventh game in 14 days, had enough, using a 14-0 run in the second quarter to build a cushion on their way to a 57-46 win over the Wildcats in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

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The win moved the Hubs (15-4, 13-3) back within one-half game of Brunswick for the lead in the MVAL standings. Williamsport (14-6, 11-5), which was also playing for the seventh time in 14 days, is 2 1/2 games back but still mathematically alive for a share of the league title.

"Tonight it was our man-to-man defense. It hasn't always been that," said North coach Tim McNamee. "It's been our trap, our pressure. I thought we just stood up and played fairly solidly in our man-to-man defense and contested just about everything they got."

Williamsport took a 13-12 lead on a pair of Ryan Grabill free throws at the start of the second quarter. But Jason Ott scored the next six points for North, giving the Hubs an 18-13 lead and enticing Williamsport coach Deron Crawford to burn a timeout.

Despite the break, North did not cool off. Tater Russ hit a long jumper, Paul Berry scored from the baseline and Russ drained a 15-footer to push the lead to 24-13 and force Crawford to stop the clock again.

"I wish I could explain what our problem is right now," Crawford said. "We've run into two good teams - Brunswick on Friday and North tonight - but we're not shooting well ... we turn it over too many times, they beat us up and down the floor. Luckily, we have a two weeks to rectify it before the playoffs."

Williamsport did cut the deficit to eight at the half and to three early in the third quarter, but a 6-0 run by the Hubs stretched the lead out again.

"We didn't want to be in a position where we had to rely on them to give one away tonight," McNamee said. "We had to keep the lead. I think that was very important."

Ott led four Hubs in double figures with 15 points. Evan Medley had 13, while Russ and Scott Rice each had 11.

Grabill had 14 points and Corey Wolfensberger had 12 for Williamsport.

"I guess I'm most concerned that it's a fatigue factor," Crawford said. "And I know North is in the same situation. I thought if you looked out there on the court tonight, you saw some guys that were very tired."

North 57, Williamsport 46




NORTH HAGERSTOWN (57)

Rice 11, Rodgers 1, Russ 11, Medley 13, Ott 15, Crivari 4, Berry 2. Totals 25 6-13 57.

WILLIAMSPORT (46)

Wolfensberger 12, Grabill 14, Barton 8, Giles 2, Martin 2, Weaver 6, McAllister 2. Totals 17 7-11 46.

N. Hagerstown12141318-57

Williamsport1171315-46

Three-point goals - North Hagerstown 1 (Rice), Williamsport 6 (Wolfensberger 2, Barton 2, Weaver 2).

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