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Smithsburg surprises Hubs, 55-44

January 27, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg jumped out to an early 14-2 lead and held off North Hagerstown for a 55-44 victory Friday night in an MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

"We started well," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "We got out to that 14-2 lead and we were up by eight points at the end of the first quarter. We put together a solid, complete game of four quarters, which is something that we have been having trouble doing. We have lost a lot of close games this year. Hopefully, this win will help us get over the edge."

Josh Edwards had 13 points, five steals and five assists for Smithsburg (4-11, 3-5), while Steve Whitt scored 12 points, and Terry Sword added seven rebounds and four assists. Ondre Hardy pulled down nine rebounds and Josh Conway dished out five assists in the victory.

"Josh Edwards played very well for us," Gerber said. "He had a very solid game. Steven Whitt was very solid for us as well, offensively. Ondre Hardy did a tremendous job on Tyrone Wheeler, defensively. In the last game, Wheeler had 25 points against us. Ondre held him to six points in this game. Tonight, he did not have a field goal."

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Diez Johnson scored a game-high 21 points to go along with five steals and five rebounds for North (5-9, 4-3).

The Hubs made only 27 percent (12 of 45) of their shots from the field.

"We obviously struggled scoring," North coach Tim McNamee said. "But you have to give Smithsburg a lot of credit with their defense. Their defense and their rebounding was the difference in the ballgame.

"Even when we were in the ballgame, we couldn't get that big bucket to cut it down to five or six points. They came up with some loose balls. They did everything that they had to do to win."

Hardy made three straight baskets and then Edwards canned a 3-pointer to give the Leopards their 14-2 lead with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Hubs narrowed the gap to 18-14 with 4:27 to go in the second quarter.

Conway scored a basket with 32 seconds left in the third quarter to give Smithsburg a 42-29 advantage.

After the Hubs sliced the lead to 44-39 with 5:39 remaining in the game, the Leopards outscored them 11-5 the rest of the way.

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