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Hubs shake off rust, Blazers

December 14, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring's Sam Elwood is stopped by North's Courtney Bully, left, and Trey Jessie in the second quarter Tuesday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN —

An eight-day layoff early in the season following your first game isn’t always what the doctor orders, but North Hagerstown shook off plenty of early rust.

Idle since a Dec. 6 victory over Thomas Johnson, the Hubs came out a bit lethargic before they became bright-eyed and rolled over Clear Spring 72-38 in an MVAL Antietam Conference opener.

“We were rusty in the first part of the game,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “Clear Spring was scrappy in the beginning, but you just don’t like to have a layoff early.”

Clear Spring (1-1, 0-1) trailed only 8-7 with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter after a goal by Tyler Hable, but Dominic Dickson cranked a pivotal 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining.

“We competed early, and that 3 Dickson hit at the end of the quarter I thought was a big play,” said rookie Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill.

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It didn’t help the Blazers that they started the first quarter shooting 2 of 10 from the floor, both goals coming in the last 25 seconds of the period.

At the 5:15 mark of the second quarter, J.R. Railing hit a 3-pointer that rocketed the Hubs to a 16-2 run and a 29-11 lead with 35 seconds remaining in the half.

North turned the temperature gauge up a bit in the third period, looking more like the team that beat Thomas Johnson.

The Hubs hit 11 of 15 from the floor in the third quarter and went on a 14-0 run with Trey Jessie and Jake Bachtell scoing two buckets each.

“Defense set the tone late in the first half and that carried the offense,” said Hartman.

The Hubs had 15 steals and forced the Blazers into 20 turnovers.

Clear Spring hit only 18 percent in the first half and improved to 28 percent for the game, while North hit 58 percent.

“When you don’t shoot well and you have turnovers, you won’t contend,” said Grabill.

Dickson led the Hubs with 15 points and Jessie added 13 points and a team-high five assists.

Also getting plaudits from Hartman was 6-foot senior forward Tyreek Donaldson, who scored only two points but more imprtantly led North with eight rebounds.

“He kept us in the game early and got us possessions with his rebounding,” said Hartman.

JV: North, 59-23 (CS: C.J. Elwood 7 points; Teddy Schoeck 13 points).

North Hagerstown 72, Clear Spring 38

CLEAR SPRING (1-1, 1-0)

Hill 2-13 3-4 7, Weaver 0-3 0-0 0, Elwood 4-9 3-5 11, Schilling 2-4 3-4 7, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Cornwell 1-1 0-0 2, Mellott 0-0 1-2 1, Sensenbaugh 0-0 2-2 2, Aaron 2-7 1-6 6, Habel 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 12-40 13-20 38.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (2-0, 1-0)

Dickson 5-9 5-7 17, Psillas 1-3 2-2 4, Bachtell 3-3 0-0 6, Jessie 5-10 2-3 13, Colvin 3-7 0-0 6, Railing 3-5 0-0 7, Benson 2-3 1-3 6, Ulizio 2-3 0-0 4, Ballou 1-1 0-0 2, Donaldson 1-2 0-0 2, Bully 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 28-48 11-17 72.

Clear Spring 7 8 13 10 — 38

North 11 22 25 14 — 72

3-point goals—Clear Spring 1 (Aaron), North 5 (Dickson 2, Jessie, Railing, Benson). Rebounds—Clear Spring 25 (Schilling 5), North 27 (Donaldson 8). Turnovers—Clear Spring 20, North 15. Assists—North 16 (Jessie 5). Steals—North 15 (Psillas 4).

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