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Hubs sweep rival Rebels

February 24, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown boys basketball team had to work hard to finish with an undefeated record in the MVAL Antietam Conference.

The Hubs avoided an upset bid by rival South Hagerstown, pulling out a thrilling 68-66 win over the Rebels in both teams' regular-season finale at North on Wednesday night.

"That is what the North-South game is all about," North Hagerstown coach Tim McNamee said. "You can throw out all of the records."

North Hagerstown (18-4, 14-0) leads South Hagerstown (5-17, 5-9) in the overall series by a 60-48 margin.

Two scoreless minutes passed in the second half before Marcellus Sumlin made a pair of foul shots and Dominique Byrd added a layup to give the Rebels their biggest lead at 43-32 with 5:51 left in the period. But the Hubs rallied to take a 48-47 lead at the end of the quarter.

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"This team has done that a couple of times this year," said McNamee of the rally. "We have been in that spot before."

The Rebels tied the score a couple of times in the fourth quarter before going in front 66-65 on Byrd's three-point play with 44 seconds remaining.

The Hubs came back to take the lead for good at 67-66 on Jarrell Rodriguez's basket with 12 seconds left.

On the ensuing possession, South's senior point guard Daviel Richardson drove down the lane to attempt a layup, but Colby Thompson blocked the shot. Quielan Gantt grabbed the rebound for the Hubs and was fouled with three seconds left. Gantt made the first of his two foul shots to stretch the Hubs' lead to two.

The Rebels' inbounds pass led to a scramble for the ball as time ran out.

Gantt had 22 points and eight rebounds, while Thompson scored 13 points for the Hubs. Tyrell Wilson and Chris Grove grabbed nine rebounds each, Dee Mency had seven rebounds and six assists and Jarrell Rodriguez had five assists.

Byrd scored 21 points, Richardson tallied 17 and Jordan Beard added 11 for the Rebels.

"We didn't win by points, but we won the moral victory," South Hagerstown coach Dennis Seman said. "After losing to them by 31 points the first time, we were leading them tonight with 15 seconds left. That was the moral victory."

ยท In the girls game, the Hubs raced to a 36-3 lead midway through the second quarter and defeated the Rebels, 59-28.

Sophomore Cara Thompson scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the opening run for the Hubs (11-11, 9-5).

Shawayna Morel grabbed 13 rebounds, while Chelsea Clark added eight rebounds for North. Thompson added seven rebounds and four assists.

Jamie Fowler scored 15 points and Kastine Dorsey added eight points for the Rebels (2-18, 2-12).

"We really got down and got serious defensively," Hubs coach Barry Brown said. "Our press was working. We were trapping and getting our steals."

"We came out very slow and not ready to play," South coach Stacey Zeger said. "North came out all pumped up and ready to play. That was the deciding factor in the first half."

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