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'Cats roar past Hubs

December 20, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Stephen Christy, rear, celebrates as teammate Brandon McCauley (3) looks on after Christy's dunk just before the buzzer at the end of the first half of Monday's game at Williamsport.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — The early stages of Monday’s boys basketball game looked pretty good for North Hagerstown.

Taking a 17-11 lead just seconds into the second quarter on a basket by Courtney Bully, the Hubs were scrapping right along with Williamsport.

Suddenly, what appeared to be a two-team battle turned into a one-team drubbing.

Williamsport clamped downed defensively, went on a 19-0 run and ended with a 62-36 MVAL Antietam victory over North.

“We strapped it up defensively,” said Williamsport senior Connor Arnone, who was one of four Wildcats in double figures with 10 points.

Arnone had five points and Tyler Wise scored four in the 19-point run.

The outburst was accentuated by Stephen Christy’s slam dunk at the first-half buzzer for a 32-19 lead. It followed a steal by Alex Aleshire, who had just come off the bench with five seconds to play.

“We had intensity and we needed to have that against a team of North’s caliber,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “Our defense absolutely went through the roof tonight.”

North had trouble shooting the rock, especially in the middle quarters when it scored only 10 points, hitting 4 of 23 in that period.

“Our outside shooting was off and it stayed off,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “We missed a lot of shots we’ve been making and should make.”

North (3-1, 2-1) was averaging 74.7 points in its first three games.

The Wildcats, especially Xavier Green, clamped down on leading scorer Dominic Dickson, who battled for 11 points.

“(Xavier) played a great defensive game with his contain on Dickson,” said Mowbray. “We played three quarters of great team defense.”

Continuing its early-season display of balanced scoring, Williamsport (4-0, 2-0) was led by Christy’s 15. Tyler Wise had 12 and Green added 10.

Wise also landed 10 rebounds for a double-double as the Wildcats won the battle on the boards, 30-24.

The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field, hitting on 21 of 42 attempts.

North, which played without Jake Bachtell, hit only 15 of 50 shots from the field (30 percent).

“We had a little early foul trouble and that got us out of our personnel rotation,” said Hartman. “There’s a lot of season left and the kids now know where they don’t want to be.”

Williamsport built a lead as large as 58-29 with 3:20 remaining when the starters were relieved of their duties.

JV: North Hagerstown 57-44 (NH: Teddy Schoeck 12, Will Peralta 12; W: Sterling Christy 18).

Williamsport 62, North 36

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (3-1, 2-1)

Dickson 3-9 4-6 11, Colvin 1-5 0-0 2, Psillas 1-2 0-0 2, Jessie 1-7 0-0 2, Railing 2-8 1-3 5, Donaldson 3-4 0-0 6, Ballou 1-3 0-0 2, Yacyk 1-7 0-0 2, Bully 2-2 0-0 4, Benson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-49 5-9 36.
WILLIAMSPORT (5-0, 3-0)
McCauley 4-6 0-0 10, Green 3-7 3-4 10, Arnone 3-9 0-0 8, Christy 4-9 6-6 15, Wise 5-7 2-2 12, Aleshire 1-2 2-2 4, Gozora 0-1 0-0 0, Butts 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 21-42 14-16 62.
North    15    4    6    11    —    36
Williamsport    11    21    16    14    —    62
3-point goals—North 1 (Dickson), Williamsport 6 (McCauley, Green, Christy, Arnone 3). Rebounds—North 24 (Jessie 5, Yacyk 5), Williamsport 30 (Wise 10). Steals—North 6, Williamsport 12. Turnovers–North 16, Williamsport 13.

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