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Hubs dominate boards, tip Lions

December 06, 2000

Hubs dominate boards, tip Lions



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

North over WalkersvilleOn paper, North Hagerstown's boys basketball team isn't a whole lot bigger than Walkersville's.

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But on the boards Tuesday night, the Hubs played like giants, outrebounding the Lions 44-28 to earn a 72-67 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win in the season opener for both teams.

"There are going to be teams bigger than us, but we can hold our own on the boards," said North coach Tim McNamee. "I'm real satisfied with that aspect tonight. But we still have work to do on some others."

The Hubs struggled with their perimeter shooting, but more than compensated by dominating the offensive rebound category. Scott Rice got 11 of his 16 rebounds on the offensive end.

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"That's where they killed us. That was the difference in the game," said Walkersville coach Mike Mummert. "They must have had 20 or more points off those rebounds."

While North had trouble hitting from the outside, Walkersville became increasingly lethal, particularly Cory Hoffman. The senior guard led all scorers with 26 points and lifted the Lions on his back in the fourth quarter with his outside touch.

North led by as many as 12 points in the final period, but Hoffman came up with a big shot - including four from 3-point range - every time the Hubs threatened to pull away.

"Cory's a senior, he's our only returning starter, so that's what's expected of him this year," Mummert said.

Neither team led by more than four points until midway through the third quarter, when a quick 5-0 burst gave the Hubs a 43-36 advantage. Clif Carey scored off an assist from Rice, who had grabbed an offensive rebound. Nate Naylor hit a pair of free throws after being fouled putting back an offensive board.

Short jumpers from Joe Ragland and Hoffman cut the deficit to 43-40, but North closed the quarter on a 7-2 run for a 50-42 lead.

Walkersville got as close as four points late in the fourth, but the Hubs - who made 24 of 39 free throws on the night - made just enough down the stretch to hold on.

Naylor had 20 points and nine rebounds, Evan Medley had 16 points and five assists, Tavis Green had 15 points and Rice had 14 points, five assists and three blocked shots.

Mike Bangh added 13 points for the Lions.

North 72, Walkersville 67


WALKERSVILLE (67)

Hoffman 26, Poole 9, Bangh 13, Beaver 5, Morris 5, Angleberger 5, Ragland 4. Totals 23 13-22 67.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (72)

Naylor 20, Green 15, Medley 16, Rodgers 1, Rice 14, Carey 4, Watters 2. Totals 24 24-39 72.

Walkersville15131425-67

North18112122-72

Three-point goals - Walkersville 8 (Hoffman 6, Poole, Angleberger). JV - North Hagerstown, 51-38 (NH: Marshall Branch, 12 points).

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