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Game of the Century - North, South boys meet for 100th time

February 08, 2002

Game of the Century - North, South boys meet for 100th time



North-South game

Today: at South Hagerstown

Time: JV at 5:30; varsity approximately 7

Radio: WJEJ 1240

Tickets: First 1,000 to gate, which opens at 5



The boys basketball rivalry between North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown needs little excuse to make it a flashpoint on the area calendar.

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So, of course, tonight's second meeting of the City Series this season has plenty of sidestories.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Tonight's matchup at South High will be the 100th meeting between the two since the schools were formed in the late '50s. The teams split the two-game set during the 1956-57 season, but North holds a 57-42 all-time advantage. South has the longest win streak in the series at eight, from 1978 to 1982, but North has two five-game runs and five four-game streaks of its own.

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The Rebels go for just their second season sweep in the last 20 years. They took both games in 1998-99, when they won their regional and advanced to the state semifinals at Cole Field House.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> No. 3 South is 17-0 and gunning for its first perfect regular season since its state championship in 1973-74. The Rebels can also clinch at least a share of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title with a win.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> For No. 6 North, Scott Rice can become just the third Hub to ever score 1,000 points with a 26-point game. Rice has already done that three times this season - including a career-high 36 points in the teams' first meeting on Jan. 15.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Both teams are fighting for the No. 1 seed in their regions for next week's Maryland playoff draw. South has just a one-game lead in Class 1A West on Southern Garrett. North is one-half game behind Fort Hill for the top spot in 2A West.

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