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Boys Basketball: Hubs flatten Railroaders

January 24, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The North Hagerstown boys basketball team played like a tire with a slow leak.

The Hubs inflated the score and then flattened out to let Brunswick back in the game until they found a patch.

Andrew Yacyk was that patch. Yacyk plugged the hole in the middle of the floor with aggressiveness and rebounding to all North to eliminate the leak Tuesday for an 65-49 MVAL Antietam victory.

Yacyk was North’s constant, while the rest of the Hubs made key cameo appearances to turn back the Railroaders (8-7, 5-4). The 6-foot-2 center scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while playing strong denying defense on Brunswick’s Ian Fisher, who was three inches taller and 30 pounds heavier, but finished with 11 fewer points.

“(Yacyk) didn’t get into foul trouble and gave us strong minutes the entire game,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “We knew they were going to keep coming at us. We took their best shots and came back. I’m happy with the team as a whole.”

With good reason.

North (7-7, 5-4) was in a 12-12 tie after one quarter, led 24-23 at the half and was up 40-37 after three periods, needing a Max Ober three-point play with 9.9 seconds left to get the advantage.

Team Hubs showed up in the final six minutes of the game, using full-court pressure to its advantage. North used a 21-7 run over a five-minute span to turn a 40-40 game into a 61-47 runaway.

Yayck controlled the paint and the baseline, shutting down Fisher, diving for loose balls and battling for blocks and rebounds.

“We knew (Fisher) was going to be a challenge. He’s 6-5 and we don’t see that a lot,” Yayck said. “I thought we were going to have to double team him or double down. I knew I had to be physical with him.”

“I don’t think I’m blessed as a great basketball player. I try to do things by being aggressive and taking charges and I think things will come my way.”

Nick Colvin started North on the scoring spree with a drive to the middle and a tip pass on the press, leading to a 3 by J.R. Railing, as the Hubs moved to a 46-40 advantage with 5:07 remaining. Isiah Keyes added five points in the run.

Genc Pllana had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way offensively for North.

The Railroaders hung in the game as guard Tyler Dobbs scored 24 points, including three 3s, before fouling out with 6:08 remaining. His absence allowed the Hubs to move into the press that derailed Brunswick.

“We wanted to go to the press to give them a different look,” Hartman said. “They were without (Dobbs) and Colvin is very athletic. We got a lot of positives out of everyone who played tonight.”

JV: Brunswick, 49-41.

North Hagerstown 65, Brunswick 49
BRUNSWICK (8-7, 5-4)
Dobbs 24, Darling 4, Fawley 4, Nusbaum 6, Campbell 2, Shreve 6, Fisher 4. Totals 15 15-21 49.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (7-7, 5-4)
Ober 6, Pllana 20, Keyes 5, Colvin 7, Railing 12, Yacyk 15. Totals 21 20-23 65.
Brunswick    12    11    14    12    —    49
North Hagerstown    12    12    16    25    —    65
3-point goals — Brunswick 4 (Dobbs 3, Nusbaum), North Hagerstown 3 (Pllana 2, Railing). Fouled out — Dobbs, Fisher. Technical foul — Fisher.

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