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Boys Basketball: Wildcats don't slow down vs. Hubs

January 31, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Scott Mowbray has tried to give his Williamsport boys basketball team a motto to live by.

It goes something like: “Fast doesn’t last, slow is how we go.”

On Tuesday, the mantra fell on deaf ears, but then again, it didn’t matter.

The Wildcats started quickly to build an early 8-0 lead and maintained the advantage, while struggling with their true identity, to manhandle North Hagerstown 61-46 in an MVAL Antietam game.

“Our offensive execution wasn’t at the level I wanted,” said Mowbray. “Once we got them out of their zone and into man, we didn’t execute. We wanted to play fast early because their bench was a little depleted, but then we had trouble getting into our offense.”

The Wildcats (7-9, 5-6) got everything they needed in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game as they built a 10-1 lead en route to an 18-5 lead at the end of the quarter.

Williamsport led 28-11 at the half, a 17-point advantage that North Hagerstown didn’t crack until the final 1.8 seconds of the game.

North (8-9, 6-5) struggled to find a rhythm as it played without starting center Andrew Yacyk, who sat on the bench in street clothes because of an ankle injury.

“Missing Yacyk hurt and we struggled to score in the first half,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “Then in the second half, we tried to cut into the lead and missed shots. They got all the stops and got easy scores.

“We just didn’t make the shots. I wasn’t upset with the shots we took. We didn’t defend well.”

Williamsport’s lead forced North to go to man pressure to get back into the game. Max Ober led the Hubs’ pressure, but it didn’t translate into any points.

The Hubs’ inability to score allowed the Wildcats to get by with less than perfect play to maintain the lead.

“We are a methodical team,” Mowbray said. “We are not a fast-paced team. Once we got the lead, we wanted to get into our pace by running the offense and getting five or six passes and get high-percentage shots. Sometimes, we didn’t get the entry passes we needed to get started.”

The aesthetics of the game didn’t matter as the Wildcats moved to a 55-30 lead with 3:57 remaining before clearing the bench.

Tyler Wise led Williamsport with 17 points while Sterling Christy added 15. Isaiah Keyes led North with 13 points, while J.R. Railing finished with 12 and Nick Colvin had 11.

JV: North Hagerstown, 50-40.

Williamsport 61, N. Hagerstown 46
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (8-9, 6-5)
Medley 4, Ober 6, Pllana 2, Keyes 13, Colvin 11, Railing 12. Totals 15 15-19 46.
WILLIAMSPORT (7-9, 5-6)
Crabtree 3, Jackson 6, Butts 8, Christy 15, T. Myers 4, Aleshire 6, Wise 17, Fridley 2. Totals 19 21-26 61.
N. Hagerstown    5    6    14    21    —    46
Williamsport    18    10    14    19    —    61
3-point goals — North Hagerstown 1 (Railing), Williamsport 2 (Crabtree, Jackson). Fouled out — North: Peralta. Technical Foul — North: Peralta.

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