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Boys Basketball: Small numbers work to give Hubs big win over Blazers

January 13, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Matt Ober (11) leaps to keep the ball inbounds while Clear Spring's Riley Lazich defends the play.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — With only eight players dressed, it was important for North Hagerstown to use its energy with a lead instead of having to work from a deficit.

On Friday, the Hubs bolted to an early lead and were never threatened as they dashed to a 60-47 MVAL Antietam Conference boys victory over Clear Spring.

By the same token, it was imperative the Blazers get off to a good start to rekindle some of the positives they had in starting the season at 7-0. But they couldn’t and fell for a fifth straight game.

“I like how hard we played and how unselfish they have become,” said North coach Kevin Hartman after his smallish troops picked up their third straight win.

Nick Colvin scored six of North’s first eight points and J.R. Railing picked it up a notch in the second quarter with nine points as the Hubs broke away to a 27-15 lead.

“We worked well on defense and for us that leads to a good offense,” said Hartman. “With our size, our rebounding has to be perfect and we controlled the glass tonight.”

The Hubs had many second-chance opportunities converted, starting with the efforts of Colvin and Andrew Yacyk, along with a pesky Genc Pllana, who at 6-foot led the Hubs with 10 rebounds.

“Yacyk and Colvin killed us on the boards,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “They had plenty of second chances.

Railing, along with Will Peralta, keyed a 9-0 run early in the second period that gave North (5-6, 4-3 MVAL) a 22-11 lead with 4:29 left in the half.

Clear Spring shot 21 percent in the first half while North wºas just under 50 percent.

“We’ve struggled to get the ball in the hole and that includes free throws,” said Grabill. “It was not one of our best performances tonight.”

While the Blazers (7-5, 3-4) showed signs of life in the second half, North was up to the challenge, especially at the beginning of the final period.

Clear Spring had cut a 16-point deficit to 10, but North reeled off a 11-2 run, including five points by Railing, and held a 55-35 lead with just over four minutes left.

Railing led the Hubs with 17 points. Colvin, who has played recent games with the flu, had 13 points and Yacyk had 12.

Nick Hill was held in check and didn’t come alive until the final quarter when he scored eight of his team-high 16 points. Freshman Riley Lazich added 14 points.

JV — Clear Spring 36-29; NH: Elijah Stubbs 12; CS: Jake Brant 8.

North Hagerstown 60, Clear Spring 47
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (5-6, 4-3)
Pllana 6, Peralta 0, Colvin 13, Railing 17, Yacyk 12, Keyes 7. Totals 24 11-21 60.
CLEAR SPRING (7-5, 3-4)
Elwood 2, Hill 16, Aaron 6, Brant 6, Sensenbaugh 3, Lazich 14. Totals 18 9-16 47.
North     11    16    14    19    —    60
Clear Spring    7    8    15    17    —    47
3-point goals — North 1 (Keyes), Clear Spring 2 (Lazich 2). Turnovers — North 15, Clear Spring 24. Rebounds — North 31 (Pllana 13), Clear Spring 26 (Sensenbaugh 5).

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