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Lions' sharp shooting overcomes sloppiness, Hubs

January 03, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

The Walkersville boys basketball team figured out how to offset a sloppy game of turnovers Wednesday night.

Just shoot over 70 percent from the field, that's all.

The Lions shook off a slow start and 18 first-half turnovers, making 28 of 39 shots - including 6 of 9 from 3-point range - to post a 79-63 MVAL Piedmont win over North Hagerstown.

"Offensively, that was the worst game we've played all year," said Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman. "I know we scored 79 points, but we didn't take care of the ball. If we turn the ball over like that, we won't win many games."

Walkersville (6-2, 1-0) cut its turnover number in half in the second half and extended a 10-point halftime lead to 56-41 going into the fourth quarter.

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The Lions (6-2, 1-0) did it using a decided size advantage with 6-foot-5 senior Chris Harris, 6-4 junior Jordan Dixon and 6-2 senior Jabari Brown. The trio combined for 49 points, while 6-1 junior Scott Morris led all scorers with 23.

Brown had nine rebounds and Harris blocked three shots.

"We tried to give them a couple different looks with zones and some pressure in both the half court and full court," said North coach Kevin Hartman. "We couldn't just do that for the whole game, though. They have the size to pound it on you."

The Hubs (1-6, 0-2) capitalized on the turnovers early and took a 9-1 lead just 2 minutes, 47 seconds into the game. But Walkersville answered with a 15-0 run in a span of only 2:17 for a 16-9 edge.

North regained the lead at 18-17 on a 3 by Allen Sandberg, but Walkersville closed the half with 17 of the last 23 points.

"We tried to use our timeouts so the lead didn't get to be too big. It would have been too much to come back from," Hartman said.

The Hubs hit three treys to open the fourth quarter and cut the score to single digits four times. Walkersville hit 5 of 7 field goals and 12 of 14 foul shots in the final period to close out the win.

Antoine Malone led North with 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Sandberg hit four 3s to finish with 12 points. Anthony Lee had nine points and six assists for the Hubs, who have dropped four straight games.

"Obviously, we need to continue to improve," Hartman said. "The kids gave a great effort and all the stuff that we've worked on in practice has been better. I was pleased with 16 points (the margin of defeat)."

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