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Hubs are spotless vs. Leopards

January 04, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Coming out of the holiday break, North Hagerstown displayed a greater burst of energy in the first two periods that created the end result in a 73-61 victory over Smithsburg on Monday in the MVAL Antietam lid-lifter.

The Hubs (4-2, 1-0) led wire-to-wire with total control during the first half before sealing off two charges by the Leopards (2-3, 0-1) in the second half.

Richard Baymon scored seven points early and the Hubs scored eight points off Smithsburg turnovers with an aggressive full-court press used after their own scores.

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Leading 22-16 heading into the second quarter, the Hubs went to town on an 11-2 run, keyed by a three-point play by Dee Mency and buckets by Tyrell Wilson and Fred Kreiger to build a comfortable lead before settling for a 43-29 edge at the break.

"We were pretty aggressive in the first half," said Hubs coach Tim McNamee, "but we knew (the game) wasn't over."

Mency had 12 points, Baymon 10 and Wilson eight for the Hubs by halftime, but the Leopards weren't going to be an easy pancake in the second half.

"For whatever reason, we weren't ready to play," said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. "We had a pretty good discussion at halftime and it wasn't related to Xs and Os."

The Smithsburg discussion went to heart as the Leopards opened with a 10-2 run that included 3s by Andrew Bohan and Andrew Bentley to slice the deficit to 45-39 at the 5:50 mark.

McNamee called time to adjust the Hubs' performance, righting the ship as North responded with a 9-2 run of its own during which time Bohan and Bentley each picked up their fourth personal foul.

Again in the final period, Smithsburg chopped the deficit to 61-56 on a trey by Bohan and a goal by Jonathan Reid with 3:44 to go.

McNamee called time again. North responded with three straight goals under the 90-second mark, including two by Jarell Rodriguez.

"Each time out we didn't talk about doing anything elaborate ... just to pick up the intensity," said McNamee. "(Smithsburg) has some good shooters and we had to get on them a little better."

In the waning moments, Mency hit two buckets and had an assist, dishing off to Wilson to seal the win.

"We really didn't really have anyone do anything great, but we played hard," said McNamee.

"I'd like to write the loss off to the holidays, but it was the same (for North)," said Gerber. "We got beat in transition, didn't make smart decisions and that is a bad combination. Bohan and Bentley being in foul trouble hurt down the stretch."

Mency led the Hubs with 24 points, Wilson added 14 and Baymon had 12. Rodriguez scored 10 and led the Hubs with six assists. He also had eight rebounds, as did Wilson.

Bohan led the Leopards with 16 points, including four of Smithsburg's 10 3-pointers. Bentley scored 11.

Both teams shot 49 percent and the Leopards hit 10 of 18 from 3-point range.

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