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Frederick digs in, buries North by 9

December 11, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

FREDERICK, Md. -- Before the game even tipped off, the North Hagerstown boys basketball team found itself in a hole because it conceded so much size to Frederick.

After five minutes of action Friday night, the hole only got deeper.

Frederick forced seven first-quarter turnovers and dominated the boards in the opening period as it jumped out to a 19-5 lead, enough to keep the Hubs out of reach the rest of the way as the Cadets posted a 64-55 win at Cadet Coliseum.

"It's tough because we just weren't there in the first half, but we knew we could fix those things. They were simple things," said North coach Kevin Hartman. "But once we were able to fix it, the hole was just too big."

Leading 19-5 with 3:01 left in the first quarter would have put Frederick (2-1) on pace to score 122 points. Obviously the pace didn't hold up, but the Cadets did manage to create more space between themselves and the Hubs (1-2), upping the lead to 32-12 with 2:31 left in the first half.

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Frederick continued to hold North at bay and Randy Alford's putback with 2:20 left in the third quarter made it 44-24. That was when the Hubs finally made their move -- as far short as it may have left them.

Joe Mattei hit a pair of free throws, Lewis Dillard added a 10-foot jumper to end the third quarter and Jake Bachtell opened the final period with an offense rebound and putback and he added a pair of free throws to close the eight-point run and pull the score to 44-32.

North closed the deficit to single digits for the first time when Tyler Sterling hit a foul shot to make it 49-40 with 5:26 remaining.

"In the first half we didn't hit the shot that I expect us to make," Hartman said. "I wasn't upset with our shot selection all. I'm comfortable in my guys' ability to make those shot because I've seen them make them. ... They made them in the second half."

But when the Hubs missed, Frederick made them pay.

"It's a matter of ratcheting up the intensity when we miss those shots," Hartman added.

During it's comeback bid, North struggled to haul in the offensive rebounds and gave up easy transition baskets -- baseline to baseline -- three times, draining the Hubs of any momentum late in the game.

By that time it was too late to trade baskets with the Cadets, who once again began to pull away, moving out to a 64-51 lead with less than a minute remaining.

"We can learn little lessons from these games and those lessons can be applied to the next game," Hartman said. "The encouraging thing is that all of it is fixable, and that's what we'll work on."

Bachtell led the Hubs with 10 points and eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:36 left in the game. D.D. Dickson scored nine points -- all during the Hubs' 27-point fourth quarter -- and Sterling also had nine points. Mattei blocked four shots.

Craig Johnson led Frederick with 22 points, Jalen Gee scored 16 and Forrest Mason added 13 to go with 13 rebounds.

Frederick outrebounded the Hubs 45-35, including 21-10 on the offensive glass.

Frederick 64, N. Hagerstown 55
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-2)

Dixon 4 1-2 9, Sterling 3 3-4 9, Colvin 2 0-1 4, Railing 2 0-0 4, Dillard 4 0-0 9, Mattei 1 2-2 4, Jessie 2 2-3 6, Bachtell 4 2-4 10. Totals 22 10-16 55.
FREDERICK (2-1)
Johnson 5 9-10 22, Smith 1 0-2 2, Dawson 1 2-6 4, Gee 6 2-2 16, Taylor 2 1-6 5, Mason 5 3-4 13, Alford 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 17-30 64.
N. HagerstownĂ‚  7 9 12 27 -- 55
Frederick 19 13 12 20 -- 64

3-point goals -- N. Hagerstown 1 (Dillard), Frederick 5 (Johnson 3, Gee 2). Fouled out -- Bachtell. JV -- Frederick, 52-47 (NH: Matt Ulizio 11, Tyrek Donaldson 11; F: Nigel Fender 19).

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