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Middletown boys trip North

February 03, 2001

Middletown boys trip North



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


Something volatile always seems to happen when Middletown's D.J. Costello and a ball - any kind of ball - are thrusted together.

Ask Monocacy Valley Athletic League teams what happened when Costello got his hands on a football as tailback for the Knights' football team.

Now conference basketball teams are enduring the same fate. Costello was the match and the ball was the fuse that turned Middletown combustible Friday as the Knights bombed No. 3 North Hagerstown in a 68-56 upset.

Even though Costello scored 28 points, the 6-foot-3 senior did more damage as the catalyst of the Middletown offense. He had the Midas touch. One touch and everything turned to gold and turned around for Middletown.

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"We definitely have to get him to touch the ball," Middletown coach Jon Jarrett said. "When he gets the ball, he draws two or three defenders and it opens up other players in the offense."

North (15-2, 11-2) did its best in the first quarter, fronting Costello and taking him out of the offense. He went scoreless in the first eight minutes and missed his first four shots. It was reflected in the Hubs' 18-11 lead after the first quarter as Evan Medley and Scott Rice scored six points each.

But Costello scored on a post-up move at the 7-minute, 10-second mark of the second quarter to ignite the Knights (9-8, 8-5). Middletown fell back into a 3-2 matchup zone and used Costello's powers of persuasion to grab a 32-30 halftime lead.

"We didn't handle things well when they went into the zone defense," North coach Tim McNamee said. "You have to give Middletown all the credit. But we didn't play very good defense. When you break down on defense, you breakdown everywhere else."

The breakdown continued in the second half for North. Middletown scored 13 of the first 14 points in the half - four by Costello and six by Jimmy Hardy off passes from Costello - to establish a 45-31 lead. North got back within nine points, but a Costello 3-point play in the fourth quarter put the game away.

Hardy complimented Costello by coming off the bench for 14 points while Darin Gordon added 11. Rice finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for North while Medley had 14 points.

"You have to knock down a couple of shots against a zone," McNamee said. "When you don't score, it's tough to get back and get your defense set. (Middletown) just beat us in all phases of the game. We got whooped."

Middletown 68, No. 3 North 56



MIDDLETOWN (68)

Keimig 2, Manning 3, Gordon 11, O'Leary 5, Brandenburg 3, Brown 2, Hardy 14, Costello 28. Totals 26 12-15 68.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (56)

Rice 16, Rodgers 3, Naylor 8, Taylor 2, Carey 3, Medley 14, Green 10. Totals 26 2-7 56.

Middletown11212115-68

N. Hagerstown18121016-56

Three-point goals - Middletown 4 (Manning, Gordon, O'Leary, Brandenburg), North Hagerstown 2 (Rodgers, Carey).

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