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Hubs' offense slices right through Knights

February 28, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s boys basketball team found the easiest path to victory over Middletown in the Maryland Class 2A West quarterfinals Monday was a straight line — straight through the Knights’ defense.

The Hubs’ aggressiveness both on offense and defense sparked a 73-46 win that put No. 3-seed North (15-7) into the semifinals at No. 2-seed Winters Mill on Wednesday night.

“We had a strong defensive performance and that got us into our offense,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “I thought our team followed the game plan excellently. There was never a time when we had a defensive letdown. Our defense led to our offense. Most of the game, we were patient offensively. They followed the game plan on offense as well.”

Senior center Jake Bachtell and senior point guard D.D. Dickson came through with double-doubles for North Hagerstown. Bachtell had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Dickson added 13 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

“We played really hard as a team,” Bachtell said. “It seemed like everything was there tonight that we worked hard for in practice. My teammates are just finding me and I just do my best from there. Sometimes they fall and sometimes they don’t. Tonight they were.”

“The team chemistry was there and we were able to get up and down the floor really quick,” Dickson said. “I feel we have been getting better as each game goes by.”

Senior guard Max Psillas added a game-high 15 points, while junior forward Nick Colvin added 11 points, six blocks and six rebounds for the Hubs. Tyreek Donaldson scored nine points.

Middletown (11-12) led 11-10 with 1:16 left in the first quarter before North scored 10 straight points to take a 20-11 lead with 6:15 left in the second. Bachtell had six points in that stretch.

Dickson started the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers to help the Hubs increase their lead to 37-20.

“I just shot them and I just felt good,” Dickson said. “I felt like that gave the team a little extra momentum.”

Ben Lewis had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Chris Pirrone had nine points for the Knights.

“They were able to get their passes off to their cutters when they were dribbling and penetrating,” Middletown coach Aaron White said. “They really put it on us.”

North Hagerstown 73, Middletown 46
MIDDLETOWN (11-12)

Pirrone 1 7-8 9, Beckner 1 0-0 2, Remsberg 1 2-2 5, Mills 1 1-2 4, Lewis 3 7-13 14, Winn 2 0-0 4, Bartlett 0 0-2 0, Fontenot 3 2-2 8. Totals 12 19-29 46.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (15-7)
Dickson 5 1-2 13, Psillas 5 4-5 15, Benson 1 0-0 2, Colvin 5 1-2 11, Railing 1 0-0 3, Donaldson 4 1-1 9, Yacyk 1 0-0 2, Bachtell 7 0-0 14, Jessie 2 0-0 4. Totals 31 7-10 73.
Middletown    11    9    17    9    —    46
North    16    15    30    12    —    73

3-point goals — Middletown 3 (Remsberg, Mills, Lewis), North Hagerstown 4 (Dickson 2, Psillas, Railing).

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