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Hubs press past Blazers

February 10, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

Through their first 17 games, North Hagerstown's best offensive output came on Jan. 16 when the Hubs beat Clear Spring, 80-56.

Three weeks later, North nearly reached matched that number when it dominated Clear Spring 78-58 in an MVAL Antietam contest Friday.

It might have been more lopsided had not Clear Spring cut down its turnover count in the second half and received 28 points from Brett Turner.

North (7-11, 5-6) nearly matched its offensive output of Tuesday's 48-46 loss to Boonsboro in the first half alone, racing to a 42-25 advantage thanks to a sprawling defense that used quick feet and hands to force 16 turnovers that turned into 24 points.

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"No matter what the other team's record is, we're not going to take anyone lightly," said North coach Tim McNamee, who said defensive pressure would be the name of the game.

North's pressure led to easy baskets after Clear Spring's early 3-2 lead on the 3-pointer by Turner.

Before the Blazers (4-13, 1-10) could blink, Tyrone Wheeler had scored nine points and Diez Johnson added five. Wheeler was 7 of 8 from the floor and scored all 18 of his points in the first half.

"We wanted to jump (on Clear Spring) at the beginning of each half," said McNamee. "Wheeler dominated the first half and (Reshaud) Moton did a good job as the point guard."

Moton and Johnson each finished with 12 points as the Hubs had 11 players reach the scoring column.

McNamee said Turner became a point of concern early.

"He woke us up early because we didn't get out on him," said McNamee.

The Hubs kept up the pressure with a 20-10 advantage in the third period, all the while substituting liberally. North shot just over 50 percent (31-for-61) from the field and took advantage of 22 Clear Spring turnovers and 18 offensive rebounds.

"Their guards penetrated our guards and we panicked," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. "We didn't take care of the ball and they jumped all over us. You can't give any team 40 extra touches."

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