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Hubs derail 'Roaders

December 17, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Hartman doesn’t want the Hubs to be considered an “also-ran” in the MVAL Antietam.

Williamsport and South Hagerstown may be the league favorites, but his team came into Friday’s game against Brunswick also undefeated. The Hubs remained that way, beating the Railroaders 70-46 to set the stage for Monday’s showdown with Williamsport.

The Hubs (3-0) came out firing from beyond the arc as a pair of 3-pointers by D.D. Dickson and Max Psillas gave the Hubs a quick 6-0 lead. The Railroaders (3-2) used strong rebounding and careful shot selection to fight their way back to take a 14-13 lead with seven seconds left in the first quarter.

Dickson hit a 3 from the top of the key at the buzzer to give North the lead it never relinquished.

“We didn’t practice yesterday and that showed a bit, but we adapted well to their zone defense,” said Hartman.

The Hubs stretched their lead to 24 points as the barrage of 3-pointers continued. Trey Jessie went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while Dickson added 4-of-5 — including a deja vu buzzer beater to end the first half — as they each finished with 14 points in the game.

“We knew we had a big game Monday, so we wanted to come out tonight and play our hardest,” said Dickson.

“We knew (the Railroaders) were a good team coming in at 3-1 and we just had to handle our business,” said Jessie.

Three of North’s starters ended the night in double figures, while Psillas had eight assists, six in the first half. The Hubs also shot 9-of-14 from 3-point range as a team.

“We hit some shots outside. We worked inside-out on their zone. It was a matter of being patient and they were affected by our pressure, especially after scores,” Hartman said. “We have great senior leadership on this team and we really do take it one game at a time. They knew Brunswick would be a tough game and they took care of business. Now it’s time to see Williamsport on Monday.”

Tyler Shreve, Tyrus Lawson, and Ian Fisher led the Railroaders with eight points apiece. Fisher also nabbed eight rebounds.

JV: North, 59-48. (NH: Teddy Schoeck 13, B: Chance Smith 14.)

N. Hagerstown 70, Brunswick 46
BRUNSWICK (3-2, 0-2)

Dabbs 2 2-2 7, Darling 1 0-0 2, Nusbaum 0 2-2 2, Martin 3 0-2 6, Shreve 3 2-5 8, Lawson 3 1-3 8, Cutsail 2 1-2 5, Fisher 4 0-2 8. Totals 18 8-18 46.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (3-0, 2-0)
Dickson 5 0-0 14, Psillas 1 0-0 3, Bully 1 0-0 2, Benson 0 1-4 1, Ulizio 1 0-0 3, Ballou 1 0-0 2, Colvin 2 0-0 8, Railing 1 0-1 2, Donaldson 5 0-2 10, Bachtell 4 3-5 11, Jessie 5 1-2 14. Totals 26 5-14 70.
Brunswick    14    10    8    14    —    46
N. Hagerstown    16    26    17    11    —    70

3-point goals — Brunswick 2 (Dabbs, Lawson); North Hagerstown 9 (Dickson 4, Jessie 3, Psillas, Ulizio). Rebounds — Brunswick 26 (Fisher 8, Lawson 5, Shreve 5); North Hagerstown 26 (Dickson 6, Benson 4, Donaldson 4). Assists — Brunswick 8 (Fisher 2); North Hagerstown 20 (Psillas 8, Dickson 4, Donaldson 4). Turnovers — Brunswick 18; North Hagerstown 13.

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