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Boys Basketball: Hubs win battle, war over Titans

February 17, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Simply stated, Friday’s North Hagerstown-Tuscarora boys basketball game Friday was a battle.

Both teams left it all on the court. There were dives for loose balls, leaps for rebounds and hustle all over the floor.

But, in the end, the Hubs held off the determined Titans to claim a 62-56 victory.

“The kids kept scrapping and didn’t give up,” North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman said. “They never stopped fighting and they never stopped battling.”

North Hagerstown (12-9) led 48-41 heading into the fourth quarter, but it didn’t last long.

The Titans used a 10-3 run to open the final eight minutes to tie the game at 51. Jalen White knotted the game by completing a three-point play with 3:30 to play.

The game remained tight with two ties and two lead changes in the closing minutes. The Hubs had a 57-56 lead with 37 seconds remaining before Isaiah Keyes canned a layup to put North Hagerstown up by three.

Tuscarora’s Kwaveon McDonald was hit with a technical foul with 10 seconds left after he pulled Keyes’ jersey to stop the clock. Keyes hit both free throws to put the Hubs up 61-57.

“I pulled both our guards (Keyes and J.R. Railing) out at different times of the game and told them to lead us,” Hartman said. “They came back in, got some steals, hit some free throws and finished strong.”

Railing closed out the game with a final free throw to secure North’s six-point win.

North led 16-8 after the first quarter, using a 10-2 run to close the period. The Hubs led 26-22 lead at the half.

Nick Colvin led the Hubs with 18 points, while Will Peralta finished with 11 and Keyes and Railing had 10 points each.

Zach Woodyard came off the bench to lead Tuscarora with 15 points.

N. Hagerstown 62, Tuscarora 56
TUSCARORA (17-5)
Woodyard 15, White 13, Ofori 7, Washington 7, Ingram 6, Abernathy 4, Finley 2, McDonald 2. Totals 20 13-22 56.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (12-9)
Colvin 18, Peralta 11, Keyes 10, Railing 10, Pllana 7, Ober 6. Totals 25 9-13 62.
Tuscarora     8    14    19    15    —    56
N. Hagerstown     16    10    22    14    —    62
3-point goals — Tuscarora 3 (Woodyard 2, Washington). North Hagerstown 3 (Pllana 2, Railing). Technical fouls — McDonald.

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