Basket eludes Hubs in loss

March 02, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

WESTMINSTER, Md. — The North Hagerstown boys basketball team forgot the objective of the sport it was playing.

You are supposed to take the ball and put it in the basket.

The Hubs did the first part — taking the ball — but they failed in the second part in the second half Wednesday in their Maryland Class 2A West semifinal, which ended in a 56-47 loss to Winters Mill.

“Offensively, we had chances,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “We just didn’t make the shots that we normally made all year.”

North managed only seven baskets in the second half, two of which came in the final 26 seconds of the game. The Hubs (15-8) owned an early lead, but slowly let it melt away, but they were helped in the process.

First, Winters Mill (19-5) came out with a more aggressive defense in the second half, pressuring the guards and forcing North to take awkward and unconfident shots. It didn’t help that the Falcons had a 3-to-1 advantage in foul shots, which gave them nearly half of their points. The Hubs lost a lot of flow because of a 25-11 disadvantage in fouls.

But even with that being said, North was on the doorstep to win the game, but continued misfiring and turning the ball over.

“We had the shots, we just didn’t hit them,” Hartman said.

North looked all-world early. The Hubs worked the ball offensively for easy baskets and kept the slower, taller Falcons chasing the ball.

North led 19-13 after one quarter. From there, Winters Mill began to work back as the fouls began to pile up on the Hubs.

“We were unable to dig in defensively and then our foul problems changed the way we rotated our players,” Hartman said.

North still had a 29-18 lead with 2:44 left before halftime after a D.D. Dickson 3-pointer. Winters Mill rattled off a 10-0 run to end the half as Robby Jenkins and Joe Sands hit 3s to move the Falcons within 29-28 at the intermission.

Winters Mill switched up defensively in the second half and North didn’t cope well.

“Our perimeter kids did a good job getting up on them in the second half,” said Winters Mill coach Dave Herman. “Even Horn did a great job staying in front of (Dickson) and we did a nice job in the second half. They had us on our heels in the first half.”

Jake Bachtell was the only Hub who could score in the second half, scoring two baskets en route to his team-high 15 early to put North up 33-28. But Winters Mill turned off the faucet and turned on the foul shooting to take over the game.

The Falcons took a 36-35 lead on a Horn foul shot with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter and Winters Mill began to pull away. Twelve of the Falcons’ final 20 points came from the foul line.

Jenkins led Winters Mill with 17 points. Dickson finished with 13 for the Hubs. Winters Mill hit 27 of 32 foul shots compared to 6 of 11 for the Hubs.

Still it was a tough ending for North.

“I told the kids they had nothing to be ashamed of this season,” Hartman said. “We had a lot of different kids step up for us at times this year and we played as a team.”

Winters Mill 56, North Hagerstown 47

Dickson 5 1-1 13, Psillas 2 0-0 5, Colvin 1 1-2 3, Yacyk 3 0-0 6, Bachtell 6 3-4 15, Jessie 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 6-11 47.
Horn 1 9-10 11, Bowen 2 1-3 5, JT Sands 1 2-2 4, Jenkins 4 7-9 17, Martin 4 4-4 12, Jo. Sands 1 3-4 7. Totals 13 27-32 56.
N. Hagerstown    19    10    6    12    —    47
Winters Mill    13    15    12    16    —    56

3-point goals — North Hagerstown 3 (Dickson, Psillas, Jessie), Winters Mill 3 (Jenkins 2, Jo. Sands). Fouled out — Donaldson, Sands.

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