Hubs show progress in first game

December 06, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

Every time North Hagerstown's boys step on the basketball floor this season, the Hubs will have to play with a high level of energy in order to compete successfully.

Coach Tim McNamee doesn't have the luxurious combination of height and physical presence as the Hubs have had in past years. Only one player, 6-foot-2 Deon Everett, stands above 6 feet.

"We are going to be a work in progress," said McNamee after the Hubs had finished off a 62-55 season-opening victory over Liberty on Tuesday night. "Right now, though, we're going to enjoy this one."

With the Hubs losing Dee Mency via transfer, only Tyrone Wheeler, a 6-foot forward, returned with any degree of experience from last year.


Wheeler, who had 12 points Tuesday, was part of a quartet of Hubs who scored in double figures. Freddie Matthews led North with 16, Marcellus Sumlin had 13 and Reshaud Moton had 12.

"I like this team and the hustle we have," said Wheeler. "It's a big step for me to take charge of this team. I'm not used to that. I love playing with these guys. Tonight, we went after loose balls and blocked out."

North's 10-point lead (39-29) at the 4-minute mark of the third period dwindled to a 41-39 lead by the end of the quarter.

Liberty continued its march and took a 47-46 lead with 4:16 remaining on Colton Weaver's 2-pointer.

After a timeout, Everett scored on a putback for a 48-47 North lead, and then Matthews nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing following a Liberty turnover for a 51-47 lead with 3:15 to play.

After a 3-point basket by Weaver, Moton hit a free throw and missed the second, which Sumlin turned into a conventional three-point play with a putback and free throw.

Sumlin followed another Liberty turnover with his second conventional three-point trip for a 58-50 lead. That margin reach 10 when Matthews scored off a steal.

"We lost some tempo, got a little complacent and out of sync," said McNamee. "We had to get back out there and get quick again."

Matthews wasn't afraid to mix it up anywhere on the floor, leading the Hubs with 10 rebounds. Everett had seven of his eight rebounds in the fourth period.

"We're all going to have to pick up the slack for one another," said Matthews.

North shot 38.3 percent, compared to 35 percent for Liberty.

Ryan Miller led the Lions with 21 points.

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