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Hubs' Medley in tune

February 27, 2001

Hubs' Medley in tune



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

It's a basketball coach's job to plan, to diagram, to wonder and to play the percentages.

For a split second, all of Tim McNamee's work nearly went out the window for North Hagerstown in the final 10 seconds of Monday's Class 3A West quarterfinal against Seneca Valley. Then the Hubs got an offensive rebound basket by Evan Medley with five seconds to play for a 68-67 victory.

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"It was just a reaction," Medley said about his putback of Tavis Green's miss. "I forgot how much time was left. It was all reaction."

While Medley gave his heroics the look of an impromptu performance, the senior forward did get a little help from behind the scenes.

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"The shot came off and I was going to call timeout," North forward Nate Naylor said. "But then I saw Evan get the board ... He makes like 95 percent of those. So I waited. And he put it in. Just like I thought."

The Hubs (21-2, No. 2 Herald-Mail poll) then survived one last bit of coaching strategy. After a time out, Screamin' Eagles point guard Eric Yancey raced down the court and nearly had an open look at the basket from 15 feet - until center Sam Watters got in the way and forced an off-balance jumper that hit the left side of the rim and caromed away as the buzzer sounded.

"I think we've played better games, yes, but you can't take away from Seneca Valley. That's a good team," McNamee said. "But we also played well enough to win. ... It's a game of survival now, and our kids did that."

North barely survived thanks to contributions from everyone not named Scott Rice. The team's leading scorer, rebounder and thief only played four minutes in the second half before fouling out and getting T'd up with 3 minutes, 20 seconds to play. Watters, meanwhile, had five points and nine rebounds in his place.

"Scott said it was my turn," said Naylor, who had a team-high 19 points. "I knew I had to take charge and get everyone involved."

The Hubs put four players in double figures, got big contributions from its bench in Watters and Clif Carey, yet still found themselves down one with 24 seconds to play after Seneca Valley's Bryan Levin hit a 22-foot set shot for the lead. All it did was set up Medley's heroics.

"We were still relaxed," Medley said. "If you lose your composure out there, the game might as well be over. We knew we had a chance."

Naylor thought it was a 95 percent chance. He turned out to be 100 percent right.

North will host Thomas Johnson, a 66-45 winner over Kennedy, in Friday's semifinal game.

North Hagerstown 68, Seneca Valley 67



SENECA VALLEY (67)

Sajery 24, Yancey 9, Fletcher 12, Levin 9, Ahearn 7, Koroma 2, Hedin 4. Totals 26-51 12-21 67.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (68)

Rice 12, Rodgers 5, Naylor 19, Medley 15, Green 12, Watters 5. Totals 23-59 18-32 68.

S. Valley16161718-67

N. Hagerstown16201715-68

Three-point goals-Seneca Valley 3 (Levin 3), North Hagerstown 2 (Rodgers, Naylor). Fouled Out-Rice, Fletcher. Technicals-Rice, Fletcher.

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