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Hubs have enough to halt Lancers

December 15, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

Most coaches prefer winning games by executing better than the opposition.

For the time being, North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Tim McNamee will have to be satisfied with quantity over quality.

The Hubs (2-1) used a 36-12 advantage from the free throw line to secure a 69-65 victory over Linganore Tuesday night.

A team that relies heavily on getting easy buckets in transition to outscore the opposition, the Hubs were inconsistent at best. But the two stretches in which North was able to get its running game going were instrumental in securing the win.

"In the spots when we played solid defense, we got (the running game) going," said McNamee. "Other than that, we've been struggling in our half-court offense. We're struggling with our rhythm offensively."

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After the Lancers rode the shooting of Tim Randolph and Jon Sweadner to a 22-18 lead midway through the second quarter, North's half-court press began forcing turnovers that resulted in a 14-3 run behind Tyrell Wilson''s nine points. That stretch allowed the Hubs to take a 39-34 margin into the second half.

"I thought, overall, we did a real nice job," said Lancers coach Arnie McGaha. "I thought we made things pretty hard for them. I think that stretch in the second quarter was the only time they were in any kind of rhythm."

With North up 43-37, the Lancers rallied to score nine of the next 11 points for a one-point edge. But Quielan Gantt led a 17-4 Hubs run - with six of Gantt's eight points in that stretch coming via transition buckets - for a 62-50 advantage.

While the Hubs were struggling from the free throw line down the stretch, hitting just 3 of 8 attempts, Linganore inched closer, but was unable to hit the critical buckets.

Josh Young drove for a layup with 12 seconds left to trim the gap to 68-65, but Dee Mency made 1 of 2 free throws at the other end to seal the deal.

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