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Wildcats assume control to overpower North

February 20, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - For the Williamsport boys basketball team, control is everything.

The Wildcats took over in the final stages of the first quarter and carried it through to the end on Monday to score an 57-36 MVAL Antietam victory over North Hagerstown.

"We came out and hit some shots early against their zone," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "We did a very nice job of attacking their zone defense. This gives us a little intensity going into the playoffs."

Williamsport (16-6, 12-2), the MVAL Antietam champions, placed four players in double digits. Chad Bikle led with a team-high 14 points, while Chad Poffenberger and Sean Dixon added 12 points each and Will Taylor had 11 points.

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Taylor hauled in nine rebounds despite fouling out with 4:19 remaining, while Dixon grabbed seven rebounds and Poffenberger dished off four assists.

"I feel good about having four players in double figures in our scorebook," Mowbray added. "Balanced scoring could be the key to us having success in the playoffs."

Diez Johnson had 14 points for North Hagerstown (8-13, 7-6) before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Tyrone Wheeler grabbed seven rebounds and Anthony Lee contributed six assists for the Hubs.

"They came out and jumped on us early," North Hagerstown coach Tim McNamee said. "They hit the boards well and they had a balanced attack on offense. You have also got to give them credit for their defense. We didn't get a lot of good looks at the basket. When we got some good looks, we couldn't capitalize. We also missed some foul shots. All of those things add up during the course of the game."

The Wildcats extended a 9-6 lead with an 8-1 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer from Bikle, to move to a 17-7 lead with 53 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

"We did an excellent job, defensively tonight," Mowbray said. "We just wanted to keep the ball out of Wheeler's hands. When he did get the ball, we made sure that we had people in the lane waiting on him. We also did a very nice job of changing defenses."

The Wildcats held Wheeler to seven points.

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