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Hubs employ alternate way to pull out win

December 06, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman looked down the scoring column for his team and breathed a happy sigh of relief.

Two of North's projected scoring leaders debuted on Friday night with a combined 14 points.

It was the unexpected binge from sophomore D.D. Dickson and senior Allen Sandberg, both of whom stepped up in the season opener, that helped the Hubs notch a 68-61 MVAL Piedmont victory over Frederick.

While Joe Mattei managed 11 points and Brent Bell scored only three, North was able to fall back on the performances of two other starters, as Dickson rang up a team-high 21 and Sandberg added 19.

"We expect to play nine, 10 players and they all know their roles," Hartman said. "Brent, I have no idea why he struggled but he was a leader out there hustling and getting eight rebounds."

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Dickson had 14 of his points in the second half, including eight in the final period when he went 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Sandberg had 13 of his points in the first half as North took a 37-31 lead into the locker room.

"I grew up a little tonight," said Dickson, "but I expect this out of myself. Everyone has a role and we had to make a statement tonight that North is the team."

Frederick managed its first lead of the game at the third-period buzzer when E.J. Logan drained a 3-pointer for a 47-46 edge that could have sapped momentum from the Hubs.

But Mattei and Mike Rivas chipped in with six points each in the fourth, and they combined for eight straight points to turn a 49-48 Frederick lead into a 56-49 North advantage with 4:20 remaining.

North held a tenuous 63-60 lead with 51 seconds remaining before Mattei and Rivas knocked down baskets to secure the win.

"It's a great conference win to open the season against a good team," said Hartman.

Frederick senior Monnie James alone kept the Cadets within distance of the Hubs in the first half with 18 points. He finished with a game-high 33 despite going only 5-for-11 at the line.

While both teams scrapped end-to-end, Friday's foul shooting showed a need for improvement. North went 21-for-35 and Frederick struggled even more at 13-for-31.

Sandberg backed Bell on the glass with seven rebounds.

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