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No. 2 Hubs take small steps, make big strides

February 15, 2001

No. 2 Hubs take small steps, make big strides



By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee hopes his Hubs keep taking small steps while making their biggest stride toward their first Monacacy Valley Athletic League championship.

North clinched a tie for the title Wednesday as Scott Rice and Nate Naylor got hot in the second half of a 58-29 win over Smithsburg. Rice drained a 20-footer to start the second half and scored seven points in the third quarter while Naylor tossed in five to help the Hubs close the door.

North (19-2, 15-2 MVAL) still has a league game left against Francis Scott Key, one of North's two previous losses.

"We don't talk about championships," McNamee said. "We do hope this win put us in the top four for the region draw on Sunday, though."

While McNamee thought about what was in the Hubs' future, Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber stewed about missed opportunities in the form of missed shots on Wednesday.

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"We won't win games against teams like North missing layups and close-in shots," Gerber said of the Leopards, who bricked seven layups in the second quarter alone. "We executed well, we got the looks we wanted, but we couldn't hit our shots."

The Leopards were held to single digits in each quarter and were able to tally only 10 baskets in the game. And when the Hubs started to pull away in the second half, Smithsburg (8-12, 6-10 MVAL) was forced to abandon its zone defense and tried to match up with North man-to-man.

"I think Smithsburg controlled the tempo in the first half," said McNamee, whose team led just 23-16 at halftime. "We had a hard time shooting over (Danny) Young, and we probably needed some time to adjust to their zone."

The Hubs were able to use their athleticism and the steady play of their backcourt to counter the efforts of Young and guard Shane Anderson. Anderson finished with nine points while the 6-foot-8 Young had eight.

"We did a great job in the second half of playing defense and regaining control of the tempo," McNamee said. "This was a great team effort. This is the effort we need down the stretch."

No. 2 North 58, Smithsburg 29



NORTH HAGERSTOWN (58)

Hess 3, Rice 20, Naylor 14, Medley 10, green 6, Watters 2, Salvano 3. Totals 25 3-5 58.

SMITHSBURG (29)

Anderson 9, Brown 4, Bey 4, Young 8, Myers 4, Talbert 2. Totals 10 9-12 29.

North1581421-58

Smithsburg8876-29

Three-point goals - North 5 (Naylor 2, Hess, Rice, Salvagno). JV - North, 46-32. (N: Bernard Harris 21 points.)

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