North stays up

January 06, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent
  • North Hagerstown's Nick Colvin, left, and Smithsburg's Dylan Ianaro battle for a rebound Thursday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — The early part of the regular season has been like a roller coaster ride for the North Hagerstown boys basketball team.

After the Hubs opened their season with three straight wins, they dropped their next three games.

Since then, North has put together another three-game winning streak.

The Hubs’ latest victory was a 65-56 MVAL Antietam win over the Smithsburg Leopards on Thursday night.

An impressive thing about the Hubs’ victory was that it came without leading scorer Dominic Dickson, who was unavailable according to North coach Kevin Hartman.

Junior forward Nick Colvin came through with a double-double for North Hagerstown (6-3, 4-1) with 17 points and 13 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots and four steals.

“In the first half, Nick Colvin came out with a lot of energy and hustle,” Hartman said.

Alijah Benson came off of the bench to score 13 points, while Jake Bachtell had 12 points and eight rebounds and Trey Jessie scored seven of his nine points during the fourth quarter for the Hubs.

“Again, we got key contributions from our bench,” Hartman said. “As a team, we played well together. Offensively and defensively, our rebounding is improving. I was pleased with the effort on both ends of the court. I’m happy to beat a good team like Smithsburg on the road. I thought that our team met the challenge every time they made a run.”

But Hartman said he knows that there is room for improvement for the Hubs.

“Honestly, we still have a way to go as a team,” he said. “We still have a long road ahead.”

Jordan Fortson and Aaron Dinterman were the top scorers for Smithsburg (4-5, 3-2) with 12 points each. Fortson also had seven steals, six rebounds and four assists. Dylan Ianaro grabbed nine rebounds and Tyson Pierre dished out four assists for the Leopards.

“According to the stats, they shot 21 percent better than we did,” Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. “They shot 54 percent and we shot 33 percent. We have been shooting 33 percent all year, and that makes it difficult to win games. We started out the game with four turnovers in the first two minutes, and we still managed to be ahead 2-0. We are just not a very efficient offensive team.”

The Hubs held a slim 23-21 halftime lead.

The Hubs then outscored the Leopards 23-15 in the third quarter to increase their advantage to 46-36 and get them on track for their win.

JV: North, 66-58 (NH: Eli Boykin 22; S: Ryan Bolton 14, Austin Ryan 14).

North Hagerstown 65, Smithsburg 56

Psillas 2 3-3 7, Schoeck 1 0-0 2, Benson 6 1-3 13, Colvin 8 1-4 17, Railing 1 0-0 3, Donaldson 0 0-1 0, Yacyk 1 0-0 2, Bachtell 5 2-3 12, Jessie 2 4-6 9. Totals 26 11-20 65.
SMITHSBURG (4-5, 3-2)
Ganley 2 3-4 8, Willard 1 1-2 3, Pierre 0 2-4 2, Spickler 3 0-0 6, Fortson 6 0-0 12, Hogue 2 1-3 6, Dinterman 5 2-2 12, Ianaro 3 0-0 7. Totals 22 9-15 56.
North Hagerstown    14    9    23    19    —    65
Smithsburg    9    12    15    20    —    56

3-point goals: North Hagerstown 2 (Railing, Jessie). Smithsburg 3 (Ganley, Hogue, Ianaro).

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