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Hubs finish sweep in OT

January 24, 2009|By JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING -- The North Hagerstown boys basketball team pulled off a come-from-behind 80-77 overtime win over No. 6 Clear Spring to complete the Hubs' sweep of the Blazers on Friday night.

The No. 2 North girls began the doubleheader by coasting to a 77-21 win.

The boys game was anything but easy.

During the first minute of overtime, Clear Spring got a 3-pointer by Jordan Thurber and a basket by Jordan Lavender to take a 75-70 advantage.

But the Hubs answered with eight straight points as they outscored the Blazers 10-2 over the final three minutes of overtime to get the win.

Senior Brent Bell started the winning rally for North with two baskets. Allen Sandberg scored a basket with 1:33 remaining in overtime to give the Hubs the lead for good at 76-75. Bell made both of free throws to extend the Hubs' lead to three points.

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After Brandon Glazer sank a pair of foul shots for the Blazers to cut the lead to one point, Tyler Spencer made both of his foul shots with 18 seconds to go to give the Hubs the final winning margin at 80-77.

Clear Spring missed a 3-point shot with five seconds left.

North (8-5) sent the game into overtime when Bell converted a three-point play with 19 seconds remaining to tie Clear Spring (9-3) at 70-70. Each team missed a shot after that to force the overtime period.

"It was a great high school game," North coach Kevin Hartman said. "We're very fortunate to come out on top. Our seniors' play got us the victory. They made every play that needed to be made in order to win the game. Hats off to Clear Spring. It was a fun atmosphere to play in. Both teams left it out there."

Bell came through with game-high totals of 26 points, 17 rebounds and four steals for the Hubs. Bell scored six points in overtime and nine points in the fourth quarter to lead the Hubs down the stretch.

"It was a hard-fought win," Bell said. "We knew that we had nothing to lose tonight. We never gave up. We kept on fighting. We made the key shots. I just knew that somebody had to step up. As soon as I hit one, I just kept on shooting. It was a good win."

Allen Sandberg contributed 16 points and seven assists, while Tyler Spencer had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Hubs. Mike Rivas added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Joe Mattei also had 10 points for the Hubs.

Brandon Glazer had 19 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Blazers. Cody Englehart came up with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Crist got 16 points and four assists for the Blazers. Jordan Lavender added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Jordan Thurber got 12 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers.

"I thought North just shot the lights out of the ball," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "They executed at the end of the ballgame. Brent Bell was a stud tonight. He took over late in the overtime period."

In the girls' game, sophomore reserve center Akatshi Onsongo had game-high totals of 13 rebounds and 13 points for the Hubs (10-1). Kirksten Mitchell added 12 points and LaRae Allen had 11 points in the victory.

Andrea Baum topped the Blazers (2-11) with nine points.

"Everyone got to play and they played hard," North coach Barry Brown said. "Some of my reserves played well."

"I like the energy that my team showed," Clear Spring coach Adam Hoopengardner said. "There was no quit."

North Hagerstown 80, Clear Spring 77
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (8-5)

Sandberg 16, Spencer 14, Nelson 2, Rivas 10, Bell 26, Stoner 2, Mattei 10. Totals 33 10-10 80.
CLEAR SPRING (9-3)
Glazer 19, Thurber 12, Lavender 13, Crist 16, Englehart 17. Totals 30 11-27 77.
N. Hagerstown 16 18 19 17 10 -- 80
Clear Spring 20 11 20 19 7 -- 77

3-point goals -- North 4 (Sandberg 2, Bell 2), Clear Spring 6 (Glazer 2, Thurber, Lavender, Crist 2).

North Hagerstown 77, Clear Spring 21
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (10-1)

Koterwas 5, Jackson 6, Carter 6, Perini 4, Allen 11, Mitchell 12, Scott 8, Burdick 4, Fisher 8, Osongo 13. Totals 32 10-16 77.
CLEAR SPRING (2-11)
Trumpower 7, Purdham 3, Baum 9, Price 2. Totals 9 2-3 21.
N. Hagerstown 23 20 19 15 -- 77
Clear Spring 7 3 7 4 -- 21

3-point goals -- North 3 (Jackson 2, Carter), Clear Spring 1 (Trumpower).

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