Knights go long to drub Hubs

December 20, 2002|by TIM KOELBLE

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Long-range marksmanship was the bottom line for Middletown in a 62-52 boys basketball victory over North Hagerstown Thursday.

The Knights hit eight 3-pointers - three that got them into the game early and two in the final period to buoy the win - which kept Middletown undefeated in the Monoacacy Valley Athletic League while the Hubs suffered their first loss.

Down early 10-4, John Keimig hit a pair of long-distance tosses and Pete Colwell hit one as Middletown erased a 10-4 deficit with a 19-0 run to build its lead to 23-10 with 5:40 left in the first half.


Keimig had 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half, which saw the Knights (3-1, 3-0) take a 31-23 lead to the lockers, a margin that should have not been that large if not for late turnovers by the Hubs in the second quarter.

Two 3-pointers by the Hubs' Purnell Spruce and a basket by Bernard Harris chopped the gap to four points, but North (3-1, 2-1) turned the ball over twice which resulted in two Middletown baskets.

"We had the turnovers at the end of the half because we didn't take care of the ball," Hubs coach Tim McNamee said. "Even with the turnovers, if they don't score we're still in the game."

When North Hagerstown got within three midway in the third period, Middletown went on a nine-point run. And when the Hubs got within six in the final period, a key 3-pointer by Len Mongeon gave Middletown breathing room and the Knights were about to slam the door.

"They got the 3s whenever we made a run and that was because of their strong guard play," McNamee said. "We got better offensively in the second half. We're just not as good as we will be as the season goes on."

The Hubs actually shot better at 45 percent (20 of 44, Middletown 43 percent, 23 of 53), but the Knights' 8 from behind the arc were the difference due to the guard play.

Pete Colwell, seeing action in only in his second game, supported Keimig with 17 points from his guard spot, including 6 of 10 from the floor. Keimig was 7 of 14.

"We didn't have real good practices since our last game, so I am real pleased with the win," Middletown coach Jon Jarrett said. "Pete looked real good in his second game back and he was feeling it much better than his first game."

Harris led the Hubs with 15 points, which included 7 of 11 from the floor, while Marshall Branch added 14 along with a team-high 9 rebounds.

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