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Vinson goes on a Shaq attack vs. North Hagerstown

December 29, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

Through the magic of effort and hustle, Allegany forward Donavin Vinson turned his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame into a game worthy of Shaquille O'Neal's stature.

Slashing, dashing and otherwise dominating North Hagerstown inside the paint, Vinson scored 36 points - 21 in the second half - and pulled down 19 rebounds as the Campers handed the Hubs a 76-73 setback in the second game of the Two-Town Showdown Tuesday night at North.

"He was fantastic tonight," Allegany coach Tedd Eirich said. "He was playing above the rim, grabbing rebounds. We got the ball down low to him and they couldn't stop him. He was just incredible tonight."

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"You'd think somebody would find him and box him out, but we didn't do it all night," Hubs coach Tim McNamee said. "We couldn't stop him on the offensive boards for some reason."

North (3-4) held a 42-41 lead at halftime as both teams shot the lights out. The Hubs made 18 of 34 shots (52.9 percent) in the half, while Allegany (7-0) made 19 of 33 (57.6 percent). Darin Mency's 12 first-half points - including two 3-pointers - and Quielan Gantt's 11 helped the Hubs take the lead into the break.

"I knew they were a very good team, very athletic," Eirich said. "They obviously score well. I was hoping they wouldn't shoot as well as they did in the first half. We figured they had to cool down a little."

North did, to a degree. The Hubs made 13 of 31 shots (41.9 percent) the rest of the way, while Allegany made 12 of 25 (48 percent), aided by the Campers' 37-25 edge on the glass.

Mency, who finished with 22 points to lead the Hubs, hit a jumper early in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 63-63. That's when Vinson took over, scoring the game's next eight points.

"We were getting good looks, but we did cool off and we needed some defensive stops," McNamee said. "We didn't stop them all night and they had a number of offensive boards."

John Pande and Michael Paige converted both ends of 1-and-1s in the final minute to help Allegany hold off North.

Gantt had 19 points, while Colby Thompson and Tyrell Wilson each finished with 12 for the Hubs. David Latimer and Pande each had 11 points for the Campers.

n In the opener, Jordan Fradiska led Fort Hill with 13 points and the Sentinels kept their perfect record intact with a 58-43 victory over South Hagerstown.

Kevin Page added nine points for Fort Hill (5-0), which raced out to a 19-7 lead after eight minutes, then put the game away with a 14-6 third-quarter run to take a 20-point lead into the final quarter.

Dominique Byrd led all scorers with 15 points to pace the Rebels (0-5). Dametric Scott added 11 points.

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