North drubs Williamsport

February 13, 2001|By BOB PARASILITI

North drubs Williamsport

By the end Monday night, the Williamsport basketball team was doing a lot of twitching.

It was nothing serious, just the combination of involuntary shakes and flinches that were the product of discomfort. That kind of "tickle in the back of the throat, fingernails along the blackboard, sand in the swimsuit" feeling that comes when everything is less than routine.


That's pretty much what North Hagerstown did to the Wildcats ... pester them into turnovers and inconsistent play which allowed No. 2 Hubs to pull away to a 69-51 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

"That's what we felt was the key ... disrupt their guards on the perimeter," North coach Tim McNamee said. "We just didn't want them to get comfortable. Williamsport is the type team that will lull to sleep if you allow them to hang around and get into their game."


The Hubs (18-2, 14-2) drew nearer to their first-ever MVAL title by using a 1-3-1 halfcourt trap in the first half, which made Williamsport's guards tentative and forced them to pick the ball up near halfcourt, far out of range to start the offense.

North followed by doing what it does best - stealing loose balls and working the transition for easy baskets.

"I thought their pressure overwhelmed us," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "They are super quick and super athletic. We were shaky with the ball and picked it up. They trapped us where they wanted to."

North broke a 2-2 tie with a 13-0 run in the first quarter, forcing the Wildcats to play catchup the rest of the night. Loose balls were like loose change that North picked up and pocketed with fastbreaks.

"We get the job done," McNamee said. "We got a lot of scores off loose balls in the transition."

The Hubs scored 32 points turning steals and rebounds into fast breaks.

They finished with three players in double figures, led by Nate Naylor with 19 points and Tavis Green with 17.

North ran off a 10-0 run near the end of the third quarter to establish a 53-28 lead. The Hubs lead by as many as 26 in the fourth quarter.

The main bright spot for Williamsport was Chad Basore, who powered in the paint to score 22 points.

"Basore hurt us, but you are going to give something up when you play that kind of defense," McNamee said. "We play full court. We pick up and try to make it as difficult for possible for the other teams to hurt you. You may beat us, but we make sure you have to beat us."

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