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Hubs get revenge in opener

December 06, 2010|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown Hubs wanted to prove to the Thomas Johnson Patriots that they could give a better performance than what they did during last year’s crushing 69-38 loss.

This year was the Hubs’ turn to win as they opened their 55th season by running down the Patriots 82-70 on Monday night in a Maryland high school boys basketball game.

Senior point guard Dominic “D.D.” Dickson burned the nets for the Hubs, firing in 32 points. He scored 19 of those points in the second half, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

“In the first half of the game, we had the momentum,” Dickson said. “TJ beat us bad last year, so we were anxious to beat them this year. In the second half, we came out a little shaky. But we found the heart that we had in the first half and that helped us to get the win. I just kept hustling and taking some good shots. I wanted to put points on the board.”

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Senior center Jake Bachtell had 13 points, nine rebounds and four steals for North. Trey Jessie had 12 points, Nick Colvin pulled down eight rebounds and Max Psillas dished out five assists for the Hubs.

Dickson scored eight straight points to give North its biggest lead at 39-22 with 4:19 remaining in the second quarter. But Thomas Johnson refused to roll over and play dead as it came charging back to tie the score at 58-58 just 14 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Hubs outscored the Patriots 24-12 the rest of the way to win the game as Dickson led the way.

“I was pleased with the way we came out in the first half,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “You know TJ will make a run at you. I am very pleased with the way that we hung tough. Even though TJ made things tight, numerous players stepped up for us. I thought our guards rebounded well. I thought our big guys handled their size well. Overall, I was very pleased with the way that we ran our offense.”

Hartman also was satisfied with the performance that he got from his bench.

“With a lot of kids who we can play, our depth is something that we will rely on,” Hartman said. “In the first half, we had four guys that got two fouls on them. So, we had to rely on that depth. Our reserves stepped up for us. For a first time, I am very pleased with the team’s effort.”

Conner Joos had 17 points, while Anthony Dowdy had 16 points and six rebounds for Thomas Johnson. Shakil Smith had 14 points and Jacob Park grabbed six rebounds for the Patriots.

North Hagerstown 82, Thomas Johnson 70

THOMAS JOHNSON (0-1)

Carpenter 3 0-1 8, Skvorak 1 0-0 2, Park 4 0-0 9, Joos 6 4-5 17, Stafford 2 0-0 4, Smith 6 0-2 14, Dowdy 6 4-8 16. Totals 28 8-16 70.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-0)

Dickson 12 8-13 32, Psillas 3 2-4 8, Colvin 3 0-0 6, Railing 3 2-4 9, Yacyk 1 0-0 2, Bachtell 6 1-3 13, Jessie 4 2-6 12. Totals 32 15-30 82.

T. Johnson 15 18 23 14 — 70

N. Hagerstown 24 20 14 24 — 82

3-point goals — Thomas Johnson 6 (Carpenter 2, Park, Joos, Smith 2), North Hagerstown 3 (Railing, Jessie 2).

JV: North Hagerstown, 53-37 (NH: Teddy Schoeck 24; TJ: Esparo Voltaire 11).

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