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North boys look sharp in opener

December 05, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

HAGERSTOWN -- The North Hagerstown boys basketball team came out with a new look -- new uniforms aside -- and it made all the difference in the world.

"There was no 'deer in the headlights' look out there," said North coach Kevin Hartman. "We made some smart decisions and everyone contributed in some way."

The Hubs were the hunters instead of the hunted on Friday, showing some speed and efficiency to shut down a Middletown team that is at Square One for an 80-69 victory in the season opener for both teams.

North played with some polish with a fast pace that only produced 12 turnovers, while Middletown was like brand new furniture -- the Knights showed rough edges and lacked finish.

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"I think we got a little tired and we have a couple of guys hurt," said Middletown guard Sam Glushakow. "We will be better with practice. The football season just ended last week in the (Class 2A state) semifinals. This is only our fifth day together."

Unfortunately for the Knights, it showed as the game wore on.

Middletown fell behind early and rallied back from a 20-11 deficit to forge a 24-24 tie with 4:57 remaining before halftime on a layup by Glushakow.

North quickly regained control as Lewis Dillard stroked a 3 from the left wing, followed by baskets by Courtney Bully and Tyler Sterling -- who finished with 15 points -- over the next 1:30 to regain a 31-24 lead and control of the game.

"I'm sure their conditioning with guys just coming over from football had something to do with it," said Hartman. "They hung with us, but we stepped it up and got the lead."

What Middletown lacked in finesse, it made up for in football intensity. The Knights stayed within 36-30 at the half, mostly with 16 offensive rebounds in the first 16 minutes. The only problem was, not all of them were cashed into scores.

"We held our own. Our guards did a great job against their press," said Glushakow. "We got to be able to finish. We will make it all right with practice."

North took control in the second half, outscoring Middletown 8-2 to start the third quarter. Joe Mattei started the run with two of his 15 points as the Hubs moved out to a 44-32 lead. It grew to 55-36 as Middletown started to get muddled with turnovers to set the Hubs into fast-break mode.

The Knights closed to within 63-53 in the fourth quarter, but North held off the challenge.

Glushakow led Middletown with 15 points, while Zach Fontenot added 13. J.R. Railing and Jake Bachtell finished with 10 points each, while Mattei had eight rebounds.

"I think the difference is our depth," Hartman said. "We have some guys who don't mind coming off the bench and playing on the wings."

North Hagerstown 80, Middletown 69
MIDDLETOWN (0-1)

Pirrone 2-3 3-6 7, Fontenot 4-13 2-4 13, Harris 4-7 0-0 9, Lyons 1-8 2-5 4, Pritts 2-3 2-2 6, Ryan 3-5 1-2 7, Glushakow 6-10 1-5 15, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Schumm 0-0 0-0 0, McCarrick 4-12 0-0 8. Totals 26-61 11-24 69.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-0)
Dickson 2-6 0-0 4, Psillas 2-5 0-2 4, Wells 1-1 0-0 2, Sterling 6-13 3-4 15, Bully 1-1 0-0 2, Colvin 2-4 0-0 4, Railing 4-6 1-1 10, Dillard 3-5 0-0 8, Mattei 7-11 1-2 15, Jessie 1-4 4-6 6, Bachtell 4-5 2-4 10. Totals 33-61 11-19 80. 
Middletown 11 19 13 26 -- 69
N. Hagerstown 20 16 23 21 -- 80

3-point goals -- Middletown 6 (Fontenot 3, Glushakow 2, Harris 1); North 3 (Dillard 2, Railing 1). Rebounds -- Middletown 38 (Lyons 9), North 30 ( Mattei 8, Jessie 7); Assists -- Middletown 8 (Ryan 5), North 16 (Dickson 6). Turnovers -- Middletown 17, North 12. JV -- North Hagerstown 61-48 (NH: Alijah Benson 18 pts, Andrew Yacyk 11 pts).

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