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Hubs get even with Cougars

February 11, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown boys basketball team handed Catoctin a thank-you note without wasting the cost of a stamp.

The Hubs did it old-school Valentine style on Friday. They just handed it to the Cougars in the gym.

North showed its gratitude with defensive pressure that ran Catoctin out of the gym in a 79-44 MVAL Antietam victory. It was the Hubs’ way of saying thanks for the 75-73 upset the Cougars collected the first time they played on Jan. 14.

“I’m not one for revenge. I just don’t like to lose,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “I kept reminding (the team): 75-73. For some reason in that game, we were not able to stop them.

“Since that loss we have done a good job. We have had better focus on our man, zone and whatever defense we have been playing. In the end, we knew we would need to get better on defense.”

It was evident out of the gate. North (13-5, 11-2) made the slower Cougars uncomfortable with a highly mobile game.

Max Psillas scored North’s first four points of the game on a pair of layups — his only baskets of the game. The first gave the Hubs a 2-0 lead and the second came at 6:23 remaining in the first quarter to break the only tie of the game.

From there, the senior guard geared North’s defense and set up the rest of the Hubs with his passing.

“Coach tells us every time to push the ball,” Psillas said. “It was Senior Night and we didn’t want the same thing to happen like the last time we played them. They got in early foul trouble, and we just tried to get it low and see if they’d foul us.

“When the game started out, I thought I was going to score a career high. After that, I got everyone involved and that’s fine with me.”

Psillas’ second basket started an 11-3 flurry to put the Hubs up 13-5. By the end of the first quarter, North led 19-6 as the defense only allowed one 3-point basket in the first eight minutes.

“I didn’t realize that,” Hartman said. “We stressed that they have some good shooters and we needed to box out better. We did a pretty good job identifying their shooters.”

North used the pressure to build a 33-17 halftime lead. Catoctin (3-15, 3-11) tried to slow the tempo to start the second half and moved to within 38-26 at the 5:40 mark of the third quarter behind four points by Sean Reaver.

But North bounced back with an 11-4 run over the next 4 minutes, 39 seconds to take a 49-30 lead. The Hubs closed out the game by outscoring Catoctin 27-12 in the fourth quarter.

Tyler Smith led Catoctin with 17 points.

D.D. Dickson quietly led North in the helter-skelter style with 19 points, while Jorge Ballou added 12. Eleven Hubs reached the scoring column.

JV: North, 52-39 (N: Eli Boykin 20 points; C: Alex Kennedy 16).

North Hagerstown 79, Catoctin 44
CATOCTIN (3-15, 3-11)

K. Maxey 2 2-2 6, Laramore 3 0-0 8, N. Maxey 1 0-1 2, Ridenour 0 1-2 1, Routzahn 1 0-0 3, Smith 7 3-8 17, Reaver 1 4-6 6, Tokar 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 11-21 44.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (13-5, 11-2)
Dickson 7 3-5 19, Psillas 2 1-2 5, Bully 2 0-1 4, Benson 3 3-6 10, Ulizio 3 1-3 8, Ballou 6 0-1 12, Colvin 1 0-0 2, Railing 3 0-0 8, Yacyk 0 1-4 1, Bachtell 2 0-1 4, Jessie 1 4-4 6. Totals 30 13-27 79.
Catoctin     6    11    15    12    —    44
N. Hagerstown    19    14    19    27    —    79
3-point goals — Catoctin 3 (Laramore 2, Routzahn), North Hagerstown 6 (Dickson 2, Railing 2, Benson, Ulizio). Fouled out — Reaver, Routzahn.

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