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Hubs' 'D' contains Warriors

December 19, 2007|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

When Kevin Hartman envisioned his first victory as a varsity boys basketball coach, it probably didn't look much like North Hagerstown's 57-29 thrashing of Boonsboro on Tuesday night.

Hardly a model of offensive efficiency, the Hubs (1-2) relied on their defensive pressure to create enough offense for the lopsided win.

"When we got to our spots and did what we needed to do, we got some turnovers," said Hartman. "And once we started to finish off those turnovers, we got into a little bit better rhythm."

North's defensive pressure also kept Boonsboro (1-3) from establishing any semblance of offensive rhythm all night.

"We never got into a flow offensively," said Warriors coach John Taylor. "And when we did beat it, we never ran a true set. We need to be more patient."

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Despite having to bench starting center Davonn Sutton with two personal fouls after 95 seconds, and committing nine turnovers of their own, the Hubs claimed an 11-6 lead entering the second period thanks to 14 Boonsboro turnovers.

Behind a pair of 3s from Seth Poffenberger, the Warriors pulled within two with 4:34 left in the half before North went on a 15-0 run - Bryan Calendine scored all six of his points in the spree - for a 31-14 halftime advantage.

Boonsboro scored five of the first seven second-half points, but North put it away with an 18-4 run behind seven Allen Sandberg points.

Matters were further compounded for the Warriors by their inability to sink the shots they were able to take. Boonsboro hit just 8 of 39 shots (20.5 percent), while North made 22 of 61 (36 percent).

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