Hubs, Rebels, Leopards make it count for county with holiday victories

December 27, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • North Hagerstown's Isaiah Keyes drives past Middletown's Zach Fontenot and heads to the basket during North's victory in the Hub Holiday Classic.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Washington County boys basketball players must have been pretty good on Christmas Day.

The three participating county teams in the Hub Holiday Classic at North Hagerstown came together for a hat trick of victories on Tuesday.

In the opening act, Smithsburg defeated Loudoun County (Va.) 66-55 before South Hagerstown took care of Huntingtown 56-42. After Oakdale downed Brunswick 61-52 in the third game, the host Hubs fought tooth and nail with Middletown before pulling out a 52-49 victory.

“We had a thin bench tonight and relied on some guys who stepped up,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “You can say this truly was a team effort all around.”

The Hubs dressed only nine, playing without the services of injured Teddy Schoeck and Max Ober.

It all came about after North (2-5) blew two leads but found a resurgence of energy in the dwindling moments.

North used a 12-0 run in the second quarter to take a 21-11 lead. The Hubs still owned an eight-point advantage in the fourth quarter, leading 44-36 after a basket by Nick Colvin.

But Middletown guard Zach Fontenot caught fire with three buckets, eventually knotting the score at 45-all with 2:45 remaining.

Genc Pllana hit a trey for North but Middletown responded with two buckets and a 49-48 lead — the Knights’ first lead of the game — with 1:12 remaining.

But Pllana hit two free throws to help North regain a 50-49 lead before Colvin stole a pass in the front court and scored for the final margin of victory.

“(J.R.) Railing, (Andrew) Yacyk and Colvin had their best games,” said Hartman.

Not one Hub hit double figures, but everything was spread out. Railing had nine points, Colvin and Pllana eight apiece and Will Peralta had seven.

Ethan Winn led Middletown (3-2) with 15 points and Fontenot had 13.

* South Hagerstown (5-2)  wasn’t going to win any Oscar for its shooting performance from the floor, but the defense could have been a unanimous decision for its effort.

The guard trio of C.J. Davis, Xavier Freeman and Charlie Herring bugged Huntingtown all night with their swarming, trapping defense. They shared in honors, making steals and setting up Devonte Morel in transition.

Morel led South with 18 points, many coming off the thievery of his teammates.

“Our defense played very well,” South coach Kevin Naylor said in an understatement. “Those three are not only quick but they can be physical.”

Huntingtown (3-3) may not have been ready for that.

Leading 18-14 in the second quarter, South put on a scoring burst that gave them a 24-14 lead at the half it was stretched into the opening moments of the third quarter to 32-16.

“Devonte can be an animal,” said Naylor. “He’s still trying to get comfortable in what we’re doing.”

* Down 14-10 early in the second quarter, Smithsburg’s defense began to assert itself much like it has during its win streak.

Kevin Gibson nailed two straight 3s and the Leopards (6-2) held a 16-14 lead with 4:50 remaining in the first half. It was the beginning of a 16-2 run that took Smithsburg to the break with a 26-16 lead.

“I really liked our intensity the entire game,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “We were quick to the ball and we did a much better rebounding.”

The Leopards held a 19-point lead of 41-22 in the third quarter before Loudoun County tried to respond, cutting the gap to eight with 2:10 to play.

But Tyson Pierre kept knocking down free throws, part of the 11 for 13 performance in the second half.

Pierre ended with 19 points, Trent Springs had 18 and Jordan Fortson had 14. The Leopards went 25 of 38 from the floor.

“Trent and Tyson both played well,” said Gerber. Springs also had eight rebounds and despite standing only 5-foot-7, Pierre had seven rebounds.

* Action continues today at North with the following schedule: Brunswick vs. Loudoun County, 2; South Hagerstown vs. Middletown, 3:30; Smithsburg vs. Oakdale, 5; North Hagerstown vs. Huntingtown, 6:30.

Hubs Classic
Smithsburg 66, Loudoun County (Va.) 55
Anderson 24, Veschi 13, Stinger 3, Herring 4, Turnage 5, Larson 2, M. Adams 4. Totals 18 15-25 55.
Spickler 2, Springs 18, Pierre 19, Fortson 14, Hogue 2, Hardy 4,  Gibson 7. Totals 18 25-38 66.
Loudoun Co.    12    4    13    26    —    55
Smithsburg    8    18    17    23    —    66
3-point goals—Loudoun Co. 4 (Veschi 2, nderson 2); Smithsburg 5 (Pierre 2, Gibson 2, Fortson). Fouled out—L: Turnage; S: Gibson.

South Hagerstown 56, Huntingtown 45
Fletcher 3, Holloway 3, Johnson 16, Donaldson 3, Brown 8, Bowens 6, Hawkins 2, Fallon 4. Totals 15 14-21 45.
Davis 8, Freeman 6, Herring 4, King 6, Morel 18, Hess 4, Redmon 10. Totals 24 7-13 56.
Huntingtown    8    6    8    23    —    45
South    12    12    21    11    —    56
3-point goals—Huntingtown 1 (Holloway); South 1 (Davis).

North Hagerstown 52, Middletown 49
Winn 15, Fontenot 13, Lewis 2, Mills 8, Pritts 7, Beckner 4. Totals 19 5-7 49.
Peralta 7, Colvin 8, Keyes 5, Railing 9, Yacyk 8, Pllana 8, Medley 5, Karlen 2. Totals 21 6-7 52.
Middletown    11    14    11    13    —    49
North    12    15    15    10    —    52
3-point goals—Middleton 6 (Winn, Fontenot 3, Pritts, Beckner); North 4 (Medley, Railing, Pllana 2).

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