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Rebels, Leopards notch wins at Hubs Classic

December 28, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Washington County boys teams nearly made it a clean sweep of the two-day Hubs Classic at North Hagerstown, but Huntingtown ruined the script in the final five minutes of the nightcap.

After South Hagerstown slipped past Middletown 46-41 and Smithsburg toppled Oakdale 70-58 to make county teams 5-0 including Tuesday’s opening round, Huntingtown came from behind to defeat North Hagerstown, 49-44.

Finishing 5-1 wasn’t all that bad, and the highlight of Wednesday’s play was the victory by Smithsburg against a talented Frederick County team led by 6-foot-4 sophomore Zach Thomas.

The Leopards (7-2) are off to the best start by a Smithsburg team to open the season since 2002-03.

After a lethargic first half in which Oakdale (6-2) held a 29-25 lead, there were some fires set in the Smithsburg locker room at halftime.

“We needed to get someone out there and step up, stop Thomas, and break into their 1-2-2 zone,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber.

Those things happened.

Thomas scored 21 of his points in the first half, then found the going tough in the second half, especially against Brad Spickler.

Spickler scored a team-high 16 points — 14 in the second half. On three occasions, Spickler put together conventional three-point plays.

The first helped boost Smithsburg to a 39-33 lead midway through the third quarter after the Leopards rallied from a 29-23 deficit late in the first half.

Spickler did plenty of dirty work, collecting 12 rebounds — seven on the offensive end.

“(Spickler) is one of those kids that goes under the radar,” said Gerber. “He could care less if he scores two or 16 points as long as we win.”

Jordan Fortson scored 14 points and Tyson Pierre added 11 for Smithsburg. Devaughn Wynne had eight points, including two 3-pointers.

* South Hagerstown (6-2) and Middletown (3-3) appeared to be in different time zones for much of their encounter.

But the Rebels — trailing 39-35 after turnovers enabled Middletown to take a late lead — found a late burst of energy.

A three-point play by Devon King got the Rebels within 41-40 with 1:33 remaining. After a missed shot by Middletown’s Ethan Winn, C.J. Davis scored on a layup off an assist from Devonte Morel for a 42-41 lead with 33 seconds left.

After the Knights missed two shots, they were forced to foul and Xavier Freeman dropped in two free throws for a 44-41 lead with 5 seconds to play. Morel then swiped the inbounds pass and went the distance to jam down the final points.

“It was an ugly win, for sure,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “And we’re not scoring right now because we don’t have a consistent outside shooter. And that’s why Middletown made it tough packing in their defense.”

King led the Rebels with 14 points, Freeman and Davis each contributed 10 points and Morel added nine.

“Middletown was the most physical team we’ve played this year,” said Naylor. “I’m happy to get two wins here.”

* North Hagerstown’s depth was already thin with Teddy Schoeck and Alex Ober out, but lost another body when Will Peralta turned an ankle in a Wednesday morning shootaround.

“We had some people playing in uncomfortable positions tonight,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “Decision-making was tough, but we went out and battled.”

Much of the indecisiveness came in the final five minutes, with the game hanging in the balance.

North (2-6) held a 40-34 advantage, but Huntingtown came storming back with two buckets and a three-point play by Ricky Donaldson for a 41-40 lead with 4:02 to go.

The Hubs knotted the game at 44 on a jumper from the key by J.R. Railing, but the Hurricanes made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 55 seconds to get the win.

Railing led the Hubs with 12 points and Andrew Yacyk and Isaiah Keyes each added 11. Genc Pllana — who got a starting nod in place of those out — responded with eight points.

“It was a lot of frustration,” said Hartman. “We were in foul trouble and then you start to lose some aggressiveness and you’ve already got a thin bench.”

Yacyk, Nick Colvin and Nick Karlen each fouled out.

* In the first game Wednesday, Loudoun County (Va.) beat Brunswick, 61-51.

Smithsburg 70, Oakdale 58
OAKDALE (6-2)
Heine 8, Thomas 27, Hoyle 6, Bush 10, Simpson 2, Gouldin 4, Moir 1. Totals 20 17-26 58.
SMITHSBURG (7-2)
Spickler 16, Springs 9, Hardy 5, King 5, Pierre 11, Fortson 14, Gibson 2, Wynne 8. Totals 23 18-29 70.
Oakdale    14    15    11    18    —    58
Smithsburg    10    15    24    21    —    70
3-point goals—Oakdale 1 (Thomas); Smithsburg 6 (King, Pierre, Fortson 2, Wynne 2). Turnovers—Oakdale 10, Smithsburg 6.

South Hagerstown 46, Middletown 41
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (6-2)
Davis 10, Freeman 10, Herring 2, Morel 9, King 14, Hess 0, Redmon 1. Totals18 10-16 46.
MIDDLETOWN (3-3)
Fontenot 13, Lewis 2, Preitts 5, Winn 6, Mills 7, Panther 8. Totals 19 102 41.
South    6    13    14    13    —    46
Middletown    7    15    8    11    —    41
3-point goals—Middletown 2 (Fontenot, Mills). Turnovers—South 13, Middletown 13. Fouled out—M: Pritts.

Huntingtown 49, North Hagerstown 44
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (2-6)
Pllana 8, Keyes 11, Railing 12, Yacyk 11, Karlen 2. Totals 16 12-16 44.
HUNTINGTOWN (7-5)
T. Johnson 17, Sims 2, Fletcher 2, Donaldson 17, Hawkins 4, Fallon 2, Brown 5. Totals 18 12-17 49.
North    11    11    13    9    —    44
Huntingtown    7    15    10    17    —    49
3-point goals—Huntingtown 1 (T. Johnson). Turnovers—North 11, Huntingtown 14. Fouled out—NH: Colvin, Yacyk, Karlen.

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