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Surprise - Hubs beat Leopards on defense

January 24, 2001

Surprise - Hubs beat Leopards on defense



By ADELINE STAEBLER / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer

North over SmithsburgNo. 6 North Hagerstown basketball coach Tim McNamee knows that the Hubs' defense won his game against Smithsburg 67-40 Tuesday night.

He also knows this is not a new development.

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"Any time you hold a team to 40 points you've got to be pretty pleased defensively," McNamee said. "That's our style of play, we're going to pressure people, that's the way we've played all year and we'll continue to play that way. The defense is the key for us because we get a lot of offense off of our defense."

Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber agreed after his team turned the ball over a whopping 25 times.

"We fully expected the pressure and we just didn't handle it," Gerber said. "Really, (the pressure) was cumulative the whole game. We couldn't get a run going, we'd get a little run going and we'd turn it over. It was one of those things where we just couldn't get into where we wanted to do."

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After holding the Leopards to five points in the first quarter, North went on a 12-4 run in the second quarter that put them up 27-9 and gave them their first big cushion.

"I think it was important that we got off to a fast start and we got off to 10 on them and I thought that was a big factor," McNamee said. "I think just throughout the game we made enough little spurty runs to kind of put it out of reach there at the end."

Scott Rice had 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and six steals to lead the Hubs (12-1, 8-1). Evan Medley had 15 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots. Eugene Taylor had 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

"The points come, you've got to just play the game and the points come with what you do," Rice said. "I think everybody played well, I thought the bench came off and played well."

Shane Anderson and Danny Young each had eight points to lead the Leopards (5-8, 3-6). Young also had eight rebounds and four blocked shots and Anderson had three assists.

No. 6 North 67 Smithsburg 40



SMITHSBURG (40)

Anderson 8, Brown 6, Jones 2, Young 8, Myers 4, Talbert 4, Redick 2, Pepper 2, Swope 4. Totals 17 7-12 40.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (67)

Rice 23, Naylor 9, Taylor 11, Medley 15, Green 4, Salvagno 3, Berry 2. Totals 24 12-16 67.

Smithsburg5101312-40

North 13171819-67

Three-point goals-Smithsburg 2 (Anderson). North 7 (Rice 2, Taylor 3, Medley 2). Technical-Rice. JV-North, 57-40 .

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