HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown rallied back from a 16-point deficit in the first half on Tuesday night for a 53-51 victory over Thomas Johnson.
It was the Hubs’ fourth straight win and sixth in the last eight contests.
“We’re playing with more confidence now,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “This was a nice win and a good comeback.”
The Hubs (6-6) trailed the Patriots throughout and didn’t take their first lead until 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter.
North was clinging to a 52-49 lead with just under 30 seconds to play when Nick Colvin came up with a key block on a potential game-tying shot.
Andrew Yacyk followed by intercepting a Thomas Johnson pass and was fouled with 13 seconds left. He hit a free throw to put North up 53-49 with under 10 seconds to play.
“Both of those defensive plays pretty much sealed the game for us,” Hartman said. “(Colvin and Yacyk) were both in foul trouble early, so we had to keep subbing them in and out but we had to get them in to get into a flow.”
The game had all the makings for a blowout in the first quarter. Thomas Johnson opened with a 9-0 run and led 21-8 at the end of the first quarter.
North responded in the second quarter as the Hubs held Thomas Johnson (2-10) to just seven points and closed the first half on a 7-0 run to cut the Patriots’ lead to 28-19 at the intermission.
“I told the guys not to play scared,” Hartman said. “I told them that we needed to start to attack and we did that in the second quarter.”
J.R. Railing led North with 19 points, including 15 in the second quarter, while Isaiah Keyes added 11.
“Keyes and Railing really stepped up for us,” Hartman said. “And then our defense really picked it up in the second half.”
Michael Skvorak led the Patriots with 15 points, while Michael Lango came off the bench to score 10.
“The first quarter was great. We made some critical mistakes down the stretch,” Thomas Johnson coach John Manley said. “Credit to North though, (Hartman) did a really good job with them tonight.”
North Hagerstown 53, Thomas Johnson 51
THOMAS JOHNSON (2-10)
Skvorak 17, Lango 10, Dowdy 8, McLister 5, Roper 2, Stewart 2. Totals 21 7-10 53
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (6-6)
Railing 19, Keyes 11, Colvin 8, Yacyk 6, Pllana 5, Peralta 3, Ober 1. Totals 22 6-13 53.
T. Johnson 21 7 18 5 — 51
North 8 11 24 10 — 53
3-point goals — Thomas Johnson 2 (Skvorak), North Hagerstown 3 (Railing 2, Pllana).