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Wilson lifts Hubs past FH

December 30, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown boys basketball team got everything it wanted on Wednesday.

All the Hubs asked for was a little closeness on the holidays.

North Hagerstown gave away a 10-point lead but came back when it counted most as Tyrell Wilson scored a three-point play off an offensive rebound to lift the Hubs to a nail-biting 64-62 victory over Fort Hill in the second day of the Two-Town Showdown at North High.

"We needed to win a close game," North Hagerstown coach Tim McNamee said. "We beat a pretty good ballclub. It was close all the way. I thought that we rebounded a little bit better tonight."

North Hagerstown (4-4) began to take some control in the see-saw game by taking a 47-42 lead over Fort Hill (5-1) at the end of the third quarter.

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The Hubs increased their advantage to 52-42 in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but the Sentinels closed to within 61-60 with 38 seconds remaining. Fort Hill regained a 62-61 lead on Ritchie Brandenburg's basket with 27 seconds remaining to set up the final sequence.

Wilson grabbed the offensive rebound off of Dee Mency's miss and drew a foul while scoring on the putback. Wilson made his foul shot to complete the three-point play to give the Hubs the final lead with three seconds remaining.

Jordan Fradiska missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to seal North's win over previously unbeaten Fort Hill.

"Tyrell Wilson was the key for us, since he had a nice inside game," McNamee said. "We only had five seconds left. We got a shot off right away, so we had time for a tip. Mency put up a good shot and then Wilson was ready inside to put in the tip."

Wilson,a 6-foot-3 junior center, finished with team-high totals of 20 points and 12 rebounds for North Hagerstown. Mency scored 16 points, Jarrell Rodriguez added 10 points and six assists and Quielan Gantt had 10 points for the Hubs.

Brandenburg scored 21 points and nine rebounds for Fort Hill, while Kevin Page scored 13 points and Fradiska got 12 points.

"It was a tough loss," Fort Hill coach Todd Eirich said. "I thought that my kids played hard. That is all that I can ask them to do."

Tournament MVP Donavin Vinson poured in 23 points and Michael Paige dished off 10 assists to help Allegany (8-0) post a 68-48 win over South Hagerstown (0-6).

Senior forward Allen Daniels scored 10 points and 6-foot-3 freshman forward Dametric Scott grabbed five rebounds for South Hagerstown.

"We are good at pressuring the ball and getting into the passing lanes," said Allegany coach Tedd Eirich. "Our fullcourt press has been effective all year long. We have got the right people to play that kind of press, too."

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