'Cats can't slow down Hubs enough

February 12, 2002

'Cats can't slow down Hubs enough



Rice 17, Harris 9, Salvagno 7, Carey 12, Green 10, McConnaughey 2. Totals 23 5-7 57.


Jordan 2, Giles 6, Knicley 19, Foley 3, Keefer 2, Basore 10. Totals 15 9-16 42.



Three-point goals - North Hagerstown 6 (Rice 4, Harris, Salvagno), Williamsport 1 (Foley). Technical fouls - North coach McNamee, Rice.

WILLIAMSPORT - Mosquito netting was part of North Hagerstown's road uniform on Monday.

North coach Tim McNamee made it required attire for the Hubs when they faced Williamsport.



"(Williamsport is) so patient and methodical, if you fall asleep against them, you're going to get stung," he said.

The Wildcats swarmed and infested the No. 3 Hubs, using a slow pace and patience to stay within striking distance. But North waited out Williamsport in a 57-42 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win where Scott Rice surpassed the 1,000-point mark with a team-high 17.

North (17-3, 14-2) came off a racehorse-paced victory over South Hagerstown to face a Wildcat team known for pulling back the reins. It kept Williamsport in the game until the last 5:22 when the Hubs held the Wildcats to just one basket to close out the game.

"This team is completely the opposite of what we played on Friday," McNamee said. "These kids are human. I was concerned about this game last week. Anybody could have won the North-South game (because of the pace). We had to come over here and face that slower pace ... they give us fits."

Williamsport (9-11, 6-10) led 14-11 after one quarter despite a two of Rice's four 3s for the game to reach the scoring milestone. The Hubs tied the game and inched to a 27-20 halftime lead by allowing Williamsport just six second-quarter points, including one basket in the final 7:30.

The Wildcats suffered an early setback when Ben Giles was hit in the eye in the first quarter. The eye became swollen shut, taking Giles out of the game and hampering Williamsport's backcourt rotation.

"I wore some of the guys out," Williamsport coach Deron Crawford said. "I asked some guys to play too many minutes and they got tired. That's my fault. For us to beat a team like North High, we need to get the tempo in our favor. North was super aggressive. It wasn't the patience that killed us as much as their quickness."

Rice and the Hubs took care of the rest after Williamsport began to tire.

The Wildcats whittled away at North's 11-point lead after three quarters, moving to within 43-38 with 5:09 remaining on a pair of layups by Chad Basore and two foul shots by Jason Knicley off a technical foul on Rice.

Rice atoned for his outburst with his floor game of passes and rebounding to start the Hubs on a closing 14-4 run. Tavis Green scored all 10 of his points in the stretch on layups off North's delay game.

Rice finished with 14 rebounds, three steals and three blocks while Clif Carey added 12 points. Knicley led all scorers with 19 points while Basore had 10.

"Good players got to make plays and Scottie and Green made them when we needed them at the end," McNamee said. "Williamsport is the type of team that frustrates you. We just did what we needed to to win."

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