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Ready for the rematch

February 09, 2001|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Ready for the rematch

MVAL co-leaders Hubs, rebels renew rivalry today



Yes, No. 3 North Hagerstown and No. 5 South Hagerstown share the lead in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League boys basketball standings. Yes, the winner of today's game at North will control its own destiny in the league race.

No, neither team has had much time to give any of that much thought.

"We've been so busy," Rebels coach Bob Starkey said. "We played three games last week, this will be our third game this week and we have three more next week."

"We haven't even talked about the MVAL, we're just take one game at a time," Hubs coach Tim McNamee said. "There's still a lot of basketball to be played after this game. Certainly it's a big game and it'd be nice to win it, but it's not everything."

But make no mistake about it: This is THE game.

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Action gets underway at 6 p.m. with the North-South girls game, with the boys to follow.

Just 11 days ago, North (16-2, 12-2) defeated South (14-3, 12-2) 63-62 in the Rebels' gym before an overflowing, raucous crowd.

"Another coach told me last night that game was good for the area," Starkey said. "It's good for basketball in Hagerstown and Washington County, because you don't see many games full like that in the area anymore."

Chances are, the same type of game will be on display tonight.

"I don't think we'll make a whole lot of adjustments," McNamee said. "There's not a lot of secrets out there X- and O-wise. ... I think a break here, a break there, it's usually a game of momentum swings back and forth, and whoever gets momentum at right time will have the advantage."

"They like uptempo, we like uptempo, and that's the way it's gonna go," Starkey said. "That's what makes it so interesting.

"This will be knock em' down, drag out. We'll go after them, they'll go after us. Both teams will play basketball the way it's supposed to be played."

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