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Hubs come up short in Hartman's debut

December 12, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

The North Hagerstown boys basketball team had trouble finding the basket Tuesday night and dropped a 66-52 decision to visiting Brunswick in the varsity head coaching debut for the Hubs' Kevin Hartman.

The Hubs were 22-of-62 from the field, including 3-of-16 from 3-point range, and had 18 turnovers to make things even more difficult.

"We have to shoot better than that, and cut down on mistakes," Hartman said. "I think we missed 10 shots in the lane in the first half. We did a better job in the second half but we kept trading baskets. We would score and then make a defensive mistake in transition and they would come right back on us."

North missed its first seven shots of the game and was 1-for-13 at one juncture before finally settling in.

Brunswick enjoyed a 13-8 first-quarter cushion and a 29-23 halftime advantage. The Railroaders stretched it to 43-31 after three quarters and always found a way to fend off North's comeback attempts in the final eight minutes.

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The Hubs stayed in the game, trimming the deficit to 56-49 with 1:40 remaining before Brunswick went on another scoring spurt and held the hosts in check.

"We played up-tempo and that's what we'll have to do all season. We just don't have the overall size and we must press and play pressure defense," Hartman said. "I saw some good things and some bad things tonight. I was happy with the aggressiveness and the fact we didn't quit. I was not pleased with our outside shooting and I thought we gave them too many easy baskets inside. We must rebound better."

Antoine Malone and Allen Sandberg directed the North offensive attack with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Malone added seven rebounds and five blocks, and Anthony Lee contributed 11 assists and seven steals in an outstanding effort.

Andrew Simpson had 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Brunswick - including two clutch 3-point baskets in the fourth quarter when North was threatening to make a game of it. Justin Stone had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

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