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Hubs let Lancers break away late

December 07, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Linganore had three players reach double digits in scoring and used a 22-point fourth quarter to seal a 52-42 victory over host North Hagerstown on Wednesday night in the Hubs’ season opener.

Clay Conner and Jalen Gee each scored 13 points, while Luke Jackson added 10 to lead the Lancers (2-0).

“This group plays well together,” Linganore coach Tom Kraft said. “They’re very unselfish and very intelligent. They don’t care who scores as long as we get points.”

The points came in excess in the fourth quarter for the Lancers, who trailed 32-30 entering the final period after scoring just three points in the third quarter.

Linganore didn’t score any second-half points until the 2:21 mark in the third quarter when Jackson sunk a free throw. The Lancers’ first second-half field goal didn’t come until the game was 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.

“It wasn’t a lack of effort or anything,” Kraft said. “The shots just weren’t falling. It was an off shooting night for us.”

North had its own shooting woes. The Hubs made 13 trips to the charity stripe but only made four shots to give them a free-throw percentage of 31.

“We didn’t knock down the free throws or some of the open shots we could have made,” North coach Kevin Hartman said.

The Hubs (0-1) held a 12-11 advantage after the first eight minutes of play but an 11-4 run by Linganore to start the second quickly diminished North’s lead. Linganore went into intermission with a 27-21 lead before its third-quarter shooting woes started.

After the Lancers’ shooting slump ended in the fourth quarter, they were able to get some simple shots down low.

“We were able to get easy shots on the inside,” Kraft said. “That was a result of our high-post passes.”

North’s fourth quarter was a stark contrast to Linganore’s as the Hubs were outscored 22-10 in the final eight minutes.

“We had the right people in place to make the shots, but we weren’t able to finish,” Hartman said. “It was a close game until the end there when we had to start fouling them.”

The Hubs were led by Nick Colvin, who had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Aljiah Benson added 10 points to along with five steals for North.

Linganore 52, North Hagerstown 42
LINGANORE
Conner 13, Gee 13, Jackson 10, James 9, Retana 7. Totals 18 15-20 52.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN
Colvin 11, Benson 10, Yacyk 9, Railing 6, Schoeck 4, Keyes 2. Totals 19 4-13 42.
Linganore             11    16    3    22    —    52
North Hagerstown     12    9    11    10    —    42
3-point goals — Linganore 1 (Conner).

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