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Cadets strike winning pose by using North's old style

January 24, 2008|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown boys basketball team was treated to a taste of its own medicine Wednesday and it proved a bitter pill to swallow.

For years, the Hubs relied on its quickness and defense to thwart its opponents. On Wednesday, Frederick used the same fomula to pound out a 72-59 MVAL Piedmont win over North.

The Cadets (6-8, 3-2) trailed 24-21 with 1:50 remaining in the first half when they turned up the defensive pressure to force three Hubs turnovers.

The move propelled Frederick to a 29-25 lead at the half.

North (3-10, 1-4) was able to trim the lead to one point early in the third period, but the Cadets took back the momentum and rolled off 15 straight points to take a 46-30 lead.

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"That was some of the best team play of the year for us," said Frederick coach Arnie McGaha. "We were energetic on defense and that got us some easy buckets."

Guy Barnes took full advantage of those opportunities, driving the lane for eight of his 16 points in the third period. E.J. Logan added seven points and D.J. Whiten scored six points as Frederick outscored the Hubs 25-12 in the period.

North seemed to play rather flat after Tuesday's heartbreaking, two-point loss at Catoctin.

"I'd like to say we had tired legs, but (Frederick) just took it to us," said Hubs coach Kevin Hartman. "We're struggling to step up. We had one starter sick, which disrupted us, and losing to Catoctin (Tuesday) night hurt, too."

North put together a 9-4 run to open the fourth quarter - sparked by five points by Joe Mattei and an Allen Sandberg 3-pointer - to move within 58-46, but Frederick countered with 11 unanswered points behind Donald Dawson and Ernst Woods to put the game away.

Brent Bell finished with 12 points for North, including 10 in the first half when the Hubs enjoyed leads of as many as three points.

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