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Boys Basketball: Huskies oust Panthers

February 24, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — Northern Garrett placed three scorers in double digits and used a big run that spanned the two halves in a 69-52 victory over Hancock in the Maryland Class 1A West Region West Section quarterfinals Friday.

Tyler Yutzy, Patrick Sines and Jeremy Bender were the Huskies’ leading scorers. Tyler Yutzy finished with a team-high 19 points, Patrick Sines added 12 points and Jeremy Bender recorded 10 points for Northern Garrett (6-17).

Northern Garrett trailed 27-21 in the closing minutes of the first half before going on a 20-5 run that lasted into the opening minutes of the second half, giving the Huskies a 41-32 lead midway through the third quarter.

“I told them that the lead was good and I was proud of them (at halftime),” Northern Garrett coach Oliver Jones said. “I told them to build on the lead and let’s see if we can try to run away with it.”

The Huskies didn’t necessarily run away with the game, but they didn’t trail the rest of the contest after their monster run put them ahead.

“There was a big momentum shift right before the half,” Hancock coach Tom Flowers said. “I give Northern Garrett credit, they did what they needed to do to win.”

Hancock (7-16) started battling back toward the end of the third quarter, cutting the Huskies’ lead to 47-40. But the Panthers couldn’t capitalize on the opportunities that were presented them.

“We just didn’t cash in when we had to,” Flowers said.

The Panthers led 10-9 after the first quarter, but lost the lead during the first part of Northern Garrett’s mid-game run and trailed 29-27 at halftime.

The Huskies spread the ball around well as every player that took the court scored a point.

Donnie O’Brien paced Hancock with 15 points and teammate Vinnie Foreman finished with 10 points.

Northern Garrett 69, Hancock 52
NORTHERN GARRETT (6-17)
Yutzy 19, Sines 12, Bender 10, Evans 9, Hill 6, Palmer 6, Oates 3, Jones 2, Schneider 2. Totals 27 11-16 69.
HANCOCK (7-16)
O’Brien 15, Foreman 10, Sipe 9, Mitchell 5, McKinley 4, Manning 3, Finney 2, Martin 2, Wiles 2. Totals 20 5-9 52.
N. Garrett     9    20    18    22    —    69
Hancock    10    17    13    12    —    52
3-point goals — Northern Garrett 4 (Yutzy 3, Sines), Hancock 7 (O’Brien 3, Foreman 2, Manning, Mitchell). Techincal foul — O’Brien.

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