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Behind Harris, Hubs roll to win

December 16, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Bernard Harris may be known to his teammates and North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee as Pee Wee, but when the Hubs needed him the most, he was a giant.

Harris scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, helping North hold off a valiant Brunswick comeback for a 61-53 victory Friday night in a key early-season Monocacy Valley Athletic League matchup.

"He played hard and things just weren't going his way," McNamee said. "He's too good a player to hold down that long. He's a steady player. I have confidence in Pee Wee, and he made plays down the stretch."

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North (2-0, 2-0) used its quickness on defense and in transition to race to a 22-10 lead through the first quarter, closing the frame with an 18-4 run.

"We did a very poor job getting back on defense the first half," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said.

But the Hubs' 25 turnovers - including 15 in the first half - allowed the Railroaders (2-1, 1-1) to stay in the game, as North went into halftime up only nine, 31-22.

"(Brunswick) pressed us a little bit early, and we played pretty well against it," McNamee said. "If we don't turn the ball over, it would have been even better. They backed off the press, and we didn't get in sync offensively."

The Railroaders doubled their efforts to get back in transition defensively in the second half, and in doing so, forced the Hubs into a halfcourt game.

North struggled over the first 10 minutes of the half, and Brunswick used an 18-11 run to get within three, 43-40, with 5:42 left in the game.

That's when Harris stepped up. He scored a layup in transition, then got loose on an inbounds play under the basket for another bucket and a 47-40 lead. After Brandon Dykes (16 points) hit a 3-pointer to pull the Railroaders back within four, Harris countered with his own 3 to restore the seven-point cushion with 4:03 left.

Brunswick got within five, 58-53, with 26 seconds left, but North made three of four foul shots in the closing seconds to close out the Railroaders.

Neither team shot well. North made 19 of 53 attempts (36 percent), while Brunswick made only 20 of 65 shots (31 percent).

"I think the team that deserved to win won," Sklencar said. "They played better, executed better and shot the ball better than we did. We did not do a whole lot on offense to put pressure on their defense."

North Hagerstown 61 Brunswick 53


BRUNSWICK (53)

Anderson 4, Hueston 11, B. Dykes 16, Feldman 5, Baker 5, Ault 7, Blumenauer 5. Totals 20 10-17 53.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (61)

Harris 19, Claybon 9, Bellon 8, Branch 11, Gantt 5, Bell 4, Spruce 5. Totals 19 18-27 61.

Brunswick 10 12 13 18 - 53

N. Hagerstown 22 9 10 20 - 61

Three-point goals - Brunswick 3 (Hueston, B. Dykes, Ault), North 5 (Harris 2, Claybon, Branch, Gantt). JV - North, 55-36 (N: Colby Thompson and Bo Parker 13; B: Matt Minnis 9).

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