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Hubs bounce back, knock off Smithsburg

February 05, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — D.D. Dickson scored 23 points on Friday night, just four points shy of what North Hagerstown scored as a team in its most recent outing last Saturday.

It was music to the ears of the Hubs as they wiped out that horrible performance with a 73-63 MVAL Antietam victory over Smithsburg.

The Hubs (10-5, 8-2) led wire-to-wire, getting off to a 7-0 start, building a lead of 17 points and then holding off a pesky Smithsburg team that did not relent until the final horn.

“I’m happy with how we came back, especially not having some players practice,” said North coach Kevin Hartman.”

Turnovers were a key issue for Smithsburg (8-9, 6-6) in the opening minutes with six mistakes helping to contribute to a 20-9 North lead after the first quarter.

“You just can’t make six turnovers against a zone defense,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber.

Dickson hit two buckets to help build a 40-28 lead by halftime before Smithsburg made its first extended rally, cutting the deficit to 45-38 with 4:05 remaining in the third quarter.

Nick Colvin, who finished with 16 points, hit four baskets as part of a 12-2 run that extended North’s lead to 57-40.

“My teammates found me to give me good looks,” said Colvin. “Coach was telling us to get more inside and quit looking for quick jumpers.”

Smithsburg again fought back in the fourth quarter, cutting the deficit to 66-61 with 1:22 to play. Cullan Ganley had five points in that stretch and Aaron Dinterman had four.

“I think we made (North) nervous getting the deficit back to a workable margin,” said Gerber.

Dickson hit 7 of 14 from the field and 9 of 12 at the line and had the controlling interest in the Hubs offense.

“Dickson controlled the flow and made it hard for us to double on him,” said Gerber.

Dinterman had his best offensive output of the year with 27 points, hitting 9 of 17 from the floor and 9 of 12 at the line along with seven rebounds. Dylan Ianaro added 12 points.

It was the second win for North over Smithsburg this year and Colvin thought the second win was achieved in much the same as the first, a 65-56 win on Jan. 6.

“I thought we were more successful when we got out and ran,” said Colvin. “I didn’t think they kept up with us.”

N. Hagerstown 73, Smithsburg 63
SMITHSBURG (8-9, 6-6)

Ganley 2-6 1-2 5, Ianaro 5-10 2-2 12, Gibson 1-6 0-1 2, Dinterman 9-17 9-12 27, Fortson 1-3 2-2 4, Hardy 1-1 1-2 3, Spickler 3-5 1-1 7, Eyler 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 23-49 17-23 63.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (10-5, 8-2)
Dickson 7-14 9-12 23, Psillas 1-6 3-6 5, Bachtell 4-5 0-1 8, Colvin 8-13 0-0 16, Jessie 1-10 0-0 2, Benson 1-2 0-0 2, Yacyk 1-2 4-4 6, Railing 4-6 0-0 9, Ballou 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-59 16-23. 73
Smithsburg    9    19    16    19    —    63
North    20    20    19    14    —    73

3-point goals—North Hagerstown 1 (Railing). Rebounds—Smithsburg 34 (Dinterman 13), North Hagerstown 25 (Colvin 6). Turnovers—Smithsburg 27, North Hagerstown 16.

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