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Hubs need overtime to sweep up Rebels

February 17, 2007|by BOB PARASILITI

There's just a one-letter difference between pose and poise.

And the North Hagerstown boys basketball team wasn't going to settle for any four-lettered words.

It was definitely a matter of being good than looking good because the Hubs have the bruises to prove it after a 65-61 overtime victory over South Hagerstown on Friday to complete the home sweep of the boys-girls basketball doubleheader.

After the No. 1 North girls posted a 65-17 win, the Hubs needed the extra time to hold off the Rebels. It took a little better execution and a couple of foul shots in the extra four minutes to pull out the victory.

"It was a game of big plays," North coach Tim McNamee said. "They made big plays and we made big plays. ... It wasn't pretty."

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It might have been about as gorgeous as a potbelly pig on Valentine's Day, but it was a game in which North (8-12, 7-5) did the little things it needed to do to win when it counted most.

The Hubs nearly lost the tightly played game - in which neither team led by more than eight points and there were 14 ties - in the final six seconds of regulation. The Rebels came up short on a 25-foot try by Muzammil Bhutto and two follow shots to force overtime.

The extra period was just as scrappy, but North hit more foul shots and made two big defensive plays to outscore South 7-3 in the final 2:30 to tie up the victory.

"We had an excellent chance to get a shot in regulation and took a wild shot," South coach Dennis Seman. "We didn't execute. We had two players foul out because they let their emotions get to them out on the floor. North played great. I've said that both of these teams are underrated. They played great and buckled down and fought through for the win."

The Hubs trailed 60-59 after James Jackson hit a foul shot with 1:32 remaining in the extra period. From there, the Rebels (8-13, 8-6) became a little unglued and North took advantage.

Richard Baymon scored on a drive with 1:07 left to get the lead. After a South turnover, Jackson scored on a scramble around the basket for a layup and a 63-60 lead with 31 seconds remaining.

Chris Jackson hit a foul shot to bring South within 63-61 before one quick sequence iced if for the Hubs.

Anthony Lee hit his first but missed his second foul shot to give North a three-point lead with 19.9 seconds remaining. On the miss, South's Coty Campbell got the long rebound and turned to dribble out, only to be tied up by Lee at the foul line. A jump ball was called with the possession arrow in North's favor.

Tyrone Wheeler got to the line for a foul shot with 13.9 seconds for the four-point victory.

"We try to get them to concentrate in the final two minutes in a game because we give up so many points at the end of games," Seman said. "Still, this is the type of game that makes basketball great. Sure it hurts now, but tomorrow I'll wake up smiling because I'm proud of the kids."

Wheeler and Diez Johnson each had 18 points to lead the Hubs while Jackson finished with 12. James Brunson led South with 16 points while Shane Santell added 11.

"Like most teams, we had a three-day layoff this week," McNamee said. "It's nice to get the momentum now. You want to play well this time of year."

n The North girls played well early and at the right times to quickly get the lead on South.

North scored the first 16 points of the game and the first 33 before the Rebels got their first basket.

It was a fitting display for North (17-2, 11-1) on Senior Day, which featured the first group of girls to spend its entire four-year North careers under coach Barry Brown.

"I was pleased tonight that the seniors had such a nice showing," Brown said. "These are the players we started it all with and it's because of them we are what we are."

The Hubs led 21-2 after the first period and 33-2 with 2:32 left in the half when Brianna Hammond scored South's first basket after the Rebels went 0-for-17 with 10 turnovers in the first 13 1/2 minutes.

North, which led 39-4 at the half, built a 49-point lead until the Rebels went on a 7-2 run to close the third quarter, behind five points by Amy Clipp.

Cara Thompson and Kirksten Mitchell had 14 points each to lead the Hubs, while Valentina Wheeler added 12. Carissa Kessler had six to lead South (0-18, 0-13).

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