Strong defense cures ills of North boys

January 06, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — A healthy dose of pressure defense proved to be the remedy for an ailing North Hagerstown boys basketball team.

The shorthanded Hubs forced 24 Boonsboro turnovers Friday night and ran off with a 73-46 victory, despite missing two starters, including their leading scorer.

North’s quickness was just too much for the Warriors (2-7, 0-5), especially in the decisive third period when 11 Boonsboro turnovers allowed the Hubs (4-6, 3-3) to expand an 11-point halftime lead to a 58-37 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

“We just got the poop kicked out of us in all phases of the game,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “The intensity was there, we just don’t know how to play yet.”

After cutting the lead to 41-32 with 5:11 left in the third, North coach Kevin Hartman called a timeout, and the Hubs responded with a 14-0 run to put the game away.

“I just told our guys that we knew (the Warriors) weren’t going to quit,” said Hartman. “We need to come back and make a run.”

Isaiah Keyes and J.R. Railing each responded with a 3-pointer, followed by an Andrew Yacyk layup, a pair of Will Peralta buckets and a driving 7-footer from Keyes.

It was the Hubs’ defense that sparked the run, forcing four Boonsboro turnovers in a span of just over two minutes.

“(Our defense) is getting better,” said Hartman. “It was a team effort tonight. We were battling and we were hustling.”

Yacyk and Max Ober combined for 11 points to lead North to an 18-11 lead after eight minutes, and Railing took over in the second quarter, hitting 12 of his game-high 19 points.

Riley Stephenson had 14 points and Nathan Hardy had 10 for Boonsboro, including a pair of 3-pointers apiece. The Warriors drained eight of their 17 (47 percent) attempts from beyond the arc.

 JV: North, 38-26 (NH—Elijah Stubbs 11; B—Dylan Coulter 10).

North Hagerstown 73, Boonsboro 48
Medley 2, Ober 7, Pillana 9, Dossouvi 1, Karlen 6, Keyes 11, Railing 19, Yacyk 8, Peralta 10, Totals 30 9-18 73.
BOONSBORO (2-7, 0-5)
Seabright 3, Lewis 6, Stephenson 14, Bennett 7, Miranda 4, Hardy 10, Strunk 2, Totals 19 0-1 46.
N. Hagerstown    18    19    21    15    —    73
Boonsboro    11    15    11    9    —    46
3-point goals—North 4 (Keyes, Railing 3). Boonsboro 8 (Seabright, Lewis 2, Stephenson 2, Bennett, Hardy 2).

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