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Lions put an end to Hubs' season

March 04, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

WALKERSVILLE, Md. -- North Hagerstown had Walkersville right where it wanted -- in the rear-view mirror -- during the first half of Tuesday's Maryland Class 2A West region battle.

However, Walkersville stole the momentum and left the Hubs in the rear-view mirror with a big second half that produced a season-ending 70-55 loss for North.

"We needed to get a lead and get (North) out of their zone," said Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman.

North (11-13) controlled the first half with a myriad of zone defenses that drove Walkersville crazy and helped produce as much as a seven-point lead at 25-18 with 3:50 left in the first half.

The Hubs were crisp, made no turnovers in the first quarter and only four in the second quarter and held their own against a taller and more physical Lions team.

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"We've got seven different types of zone defenses and we were using them effectively and we moved the ball well," said North coach Kevin Hartman.

North went into the break ahead 29-25 but came out a different second-half unit.

Within the first four minutes, 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jordan Dixon had two inside buckets, Scott Morris and Jeremy Musselman had buckets and suddenly the Lions were on top 33-32.

'Dr. Momentum' became a permanent fixture on the Walkersville side in the last 1:24 of the period.

Up 37-35, Brett Zimmerman canned a 3-pointer, Musselman converted a conventional three-point play and A.J. Meyer knocked down a trey for his only points of the game and a 45-37 lead at the buzzer.

Even though Tyler Spencer scored seven points and Brent Bell had a pair of 3-pointers in the final eight minutes, Walkersville would not be threatened, building its lead to as much as 63-44 with a 9-0 run.

"Everything we did right we did wrong in the second half," said Hartman. "When they got the lead, that forced us to go man and they jumped all over us."

Bell ended with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Hubs, Joe Mattei had nine points and six rebounds and Mike Rivas had eight points and seven boards.

"It's a tough way to end a season, but I think we got everything out of this group possible," said Hartman. "They had pride in their hearts."

Dixon led Walkersville with 24 points and Morris had 19.

Walkersville 70, N. Hagerstown 55
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (11-13)

Sandberg 6, Mattei 9, Rivas 8, Bell 19, Spencer 9, Nelson 4. Totals 22 8-14 55.
WALKERSVILLE (16-7)
Musselman 5, Morris 19, Smith 5, Dixon 24, Zimmerman 7, Harris 2, Chitekwe 4, Meyer 3, Pardo 1. Totals 27 14-22 70.
N. Hagerstown 15 14 8 18 -- 55
Walkersville 14 11 20 25 -- 70

3-point goals -- North 3 (Bell 2, Mattei), Walkersville 2 (Zimmerman, Meyer).

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