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Stopping on 17 - No. 3 Rebels' streak busted by No. 6 North

February 11, 2002

Stopping on 17 - No. 3 Rebels' streak busted by No. 6 North



By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com

No. 6 North 67
No. 3 South 48

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (67)

Rice 20, Harris 12, Salvagno 7, Carey 10, Green 10, Reed 6. Totals 21-51 21-31 67.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (48)

Norris 2, Marshall 3, Maas 3, Barish 2, Miner 7, Suttle 7, Richmond 24. Totals 18-72 11-21 48.

North15171619-67

South12131112-48

Three-point goals-North 4 (Rice 2, Salvagno, Carey), South 1 (Richmond).



For Friday night's rematch in the City Series between No. 3 South Hagerstown and No. 6 North Hagerstown, the venue changed. Unfortunately for the home-standing Rebels, so did everything else.

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The scene was different, the uniforms were different and - most importantly for the Hubs - so were the players in them.

North attacked at every turn in the first two quarters, then came up with all the plays after halftime to pull away for a 67-48 victory that shattered South's hopes at an undefeated season.

"We went to school," North coach Tim McNamee said. "We knew we couldn't get into a hole like last time. That was it, we said we couldn't fight an uphill battle."

Trailing 20-17 with five minutes left in the first half, North (16-3, 13-2 MVAL) closed the half on a 15-5 run for a 32-25 lead. The Hubs continually beat the Rebels down the floor in the stretch to get easy shots or free throws.

"They kept us out of transition early," South coach Bob Starkey said. "It never gave us a shot to warm up on the floor. We didn't get in the flow, and we were off all night."

It rolled over into the third quarter, too. Behind Bernard Harris and Scott Rice, North crashed the boards and got several forunate bounces in a 14-5 run over the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half for a 46-30 game.

"We weren't getting rebounds or loose balls (in the first half)," Harris said. "That, and we played better defense."

And South kept on missing. The Rebels (17-1, 14-1) watched open jumper after open jumper hit the rim several times and fall out, usually into the hands of a North defender.

"They looked stronger than us physically tonight," Starkey said. "When there's a ball between two guys, we'll usually rip it out of there. Tonight, they were the ones ripping it out of there."

South made one final push, wrapping a 13-4 run around the third-quarter break to pull within 50-43 with 6:17 to play. The Hubs, however, never broke, working time off the clock for open shots and - surprisingly - converting their free throws.

The Hubs shoot just 59 percent from the line for the season, but they hit 19 of their last 22 in the game. Rice finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds, while Harris had 12 points and 11 boards in a surprising supporting role.

"He's been so steady all year," McNamee said of Harris. "He sometimes gets lost in the shuffle with Rice and (Tavis) Green and (Clif) Carey, but he's always around the ball. He's a great role player and he did it again tonight."

Add in an 18-for-72 (25 percent) night from the field, and South's 17-game winning streak to start the season ended in disastrous form.

Domonique Richmond had 24 points, but David Miner only finished with seven after a 30-point night in the first meeting between the two teams.

"The little things beat us tonight. When we were supposed to be here, we were there," Starkey said. "But give it to North, they played dynamite tonight."

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