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Starting five help North finish 'Cats

January 03, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — If North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman’s New Year’s resolution was to get all five starters in double figures for at least one game, it already came true.

J.R. Railing, Genc Pllana, Nick Colvin, Isaiah Keyes and Andrew Yacyk — the Hubs’ starting five — all scored in double digits on Tuesday in a 65-56 win over Williamsport.

Railing led North with 19 points, while Pllana added 13, Colvin added 11 and Keyes and Yacyk finished with 10 points each.

“I’m happy with the win,” Hartman said. “But there are still things we need to get better at.”

One of the facets North (3-6) needs to improve on is rebounding. The Hubs were outrebounded 31-21, including a 17-4 disadvantage on the offensive glass.

North’s resolve was on full display throughout the game. After Williamsport jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, the Hubs were able to weather the storm with a 21-10 run to end the period with a 21-16 lead.

“Being young, we’re a team of runs,” Hartman said. “Sometimes they’re good runs and sometimes they’re bad runs.”

A bad run came in the second quarter when Williamsport began to chip away at the lead. The Wildcats actually outscored North 16-13 in the second frame, but still trailed 34-32 at the half.

“Williamsport’s a tough team. They won’t quit,” Hartman said. “They were able to make some shots and cut the lead to two — that was a bad run.”

Williamsport (1-7) had a bad run of its own in the third quarter. A slow start coupled with a turnover-laden stretch allowed North to go on a 9-2 run midway through the quarter for a 49-38 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

“We turned the ball over when the started to put pressure on us,” Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. “We’re not going to score without getting possessions.”

Tyler Wise led Williamsport with 19 points while Alex Aleshire finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers in succession.

“It’s the same old story with us: We can’t get over the hump,” Mowbray said. “We just need to make an extra play or two, get a win and then get on a roll.”

Colvin paced the Hubs with six rebounds and five steals while Railing led North with six assists.

North 65, Williamsport 56
WILLIAMSPORT (1-7, 0-4)
Wise 19, Aleshire 15, Christy 9, Butts 4, Seibert 4, Crabtree 3, Jackson 2. Totals 22 8-13 56.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (3-6, 2-3)
Railing 19, Pllana 13, Colvin 11, Keyes 10, Yacyk 10, Karlen 2. Totals 27 9 -15 65.

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Williamsport    16    16    6    18    —    56
North     21    13    15    16    —    65
3-point goals — North 2 (Railing 2); Williamsport 4 (Aleshire 3, Crabtree). Technical fouls — Williamsport bench.

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