Hubs give 'Cats their first loss

January 29, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • North Hagerstown's Jake Backtell, left, and Williamsport's Connor Arnone, center, tangle while battling for the loose ball during Friday night's MVAL Antietam boys basketball game at North.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s memories of a 26-point loss to Williamsport on Dec. 20 were erased Friday night.

Now it’s the Wildcats who have to endure the memory of their first loss of the season, after the Hubs bumped Williamsport from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 50-39 victory.

North (9-4, 6-2) combined a solid defensive game plan with Williamsport’s awful shooting to pull off the MVAL Antietam Conference victory.

“We wanted to get on top of the jumpers, a body on every shot, and we did that tonight,” said Hubs coach Kevin Hartman.

North’s 2-3 defense pushed Williamsport (13-1, 8-1) into stray passes and erratic shots as the ’Cats finished 16 of 53 from the field — a paltry 31 percent — and made just 3 of 12 at the foul stripe.

“Maybe it was (North’s) defense that was that good, but we made some bad decision making,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “Our offense was not efficient tonight.”

Especially in the fourth quarter, after the Wildcats finished the third quarter with momentum.

Williamsport held a 26-17 lead just seconds into the third quarter on a goal by Xavier Green, and ended the quarter on top 36-32 when Brandon McCauley drained an NBA-length 3-pointer with 6 seconds left.

But North’s Trey Jessie answered that 3-pointer with one of his own to begin the fourth quarter, and the Hubs were on their own momentum train.

After a rebound and putback by Andrew Yacyk gave the Hubs a 42-38 lead, Williamsport scored just one point in the game’s last 3:40.

The Hubs went 7 of 14 at the foul line in the fourth quarter to salt away the win.

“If you look at (Williamsport’s) scores, they really haven’t been in close games like us,” said Hartman. “We’ve had to fight back in other close situations.”

In the Dec. 20 contest, the Hubs did not have Jake Bachtell, who scored 12 points and hauled down seven rebounds.

“(Jake) missed the first game and that made a difference for us on the inside,” said Hartman.

D.D. Dickson led the Hubs with 14 points and Nick Colvin added 10, including six in the fourth quarter. Colvin and Bachtell each authored four blocked shots.

Tyler Wise and Brandon McCauley each had 10 points for Williamsport and Wise had 13 rebounds.

Williamsport’s shooting woes? McCauley hit 4 of 16 and Stephen Christy — who finished with only six points — hit 2 of 11 from the floor and 2 of 8 at the line.

“We just didn’t shoot well and the foul shooting haunted us tonight,” said Mowbray. “We had no flow.”

The outcome puts North back into the Antietam race and makes Tuesday’s game one for the lead when Williamsport travels to South Hagerstown (12-1, 8-1), which pulled into a tie with the Wildcats in the Antietam with its win over Clear Spring on Friday.

There’s little time to rest for North as the Hubs swing into action at Gettysburg (Pa.) High School against Boiling Springs in the Pennsylvania-Maryland Showcase today at 4 p.m.

JV: North, 60-56 (NH: Max Ober 16, Ted Schoeck 16; W: Sterling Christy 15).

North Hagerstown 50, Williamsport 39
WILLIAMSPORT (13-1, 8-1)

McCauley 4-16 0-0 10, Green 2-5 0-0 4, Arnone 3-9 1-4 9, Chrsity 2-11 2-8 6, Wise 5-11 0-0 10, Butts 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-53 3-12 39.
Dickson 4-14 5-8 14, Psillas 1-4 2-5 5, Bachtell 6-9 0-0 12, Jessie 4-7 1-2 10, Colvin 3-4 1-2 7, Yacyk 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-39 9-17 50.
Williamsport    12    12    12    3    —    39
North    10    7    15    18    —    50

3-point goals — Williamsport 4 (McCauley 2, Arnone 2), North 3 (Dickson, Psillas, Jessie). Rebounds — Williamsport 32 (Wise 13), North 29 (Bachtell 7). Turnovers — Williamsport 16, North 18.

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