Boys Basketball: Keyes' late 3s put Hubs into gear to stop Leopards

December 20, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER |
  • North Hagerstown's Darius Reynolds (40) looks to outlet a rebound while Smithsburg's Josh Miller reaches out to apply defense on Thursday during the Hubs' 61-56 victory.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Kevin Hartman was finally able to exhale early in the fourth quarter.

The North Hagerstown boys basketball coach watched his club struggle against a pesky Smithsburg zone defense for three quarters. The fortunes changed when Isaiah Keyes managed to knock down North’s first 3-pointer of the game with 7:14 remaining, propelling the Hubs to a 61-56 MVAL Antietam victory Thursday night.

“We practice against a zone every day,” said Hartman. “I’m not upset with our shot selection. They just weren’t dropping.”

But the Leopards (2-4, 1-2) didn’t just roll over when Keyes started raining 3s. Austin Ryan and Josh Miller combined for eight fourth-quarter points to keep the outcome in question until the final 14 seconds.

It was a Miller 3-pointer with 15 seconds left that kept Smithsburg within 59-56, but Keyes hit a pair of free throws one second later to put it away for North (4-2, 3-1).

“We can’t match up with them,” said Leopards coach Mike Williams. “They’re just too athletic. We had the to go with the talent we had and we were in the game until the last 15 seconds.”

The Hubs missed a golden opportunity to put the game away in the second quarter.

After Smithburg lost starting guard Ryan Bolton to a knee injury late in the first period, starters Gibson, Cedric Barnes and Matt Stevens were forced to sit with foul trouble. North’s pressure defense forced 14 turnovers in the period, and the Leopards were unable to hit a single field goal.

The Hubs, however — despite nine points from Kenny McCrary — could do no better than a 25-21 advantage at the half.

“We just couldn’t make a run when we needed it,” said Hartman. “We put some pressure on them, but we couldn’t convert.”

Gibson sparked a 13-6 Leopards run late in the third period to give Smithsburg a 38-35 lead with nine seconds remaining, but Andrew Yacyk drained a 10-footer at the buzzer to close the gap to one entering the final eight minutes.

Smithsburg managed to hit just 12 of 24 free throws in the game.

Cobi King’s 15 points led Smithsburg, followed by Gibson with 13 and Miller with 10.

Keyes’ 15 points sparked the Hubs, while McCrary added 14, Yacyk 11 and Will Peralta 10.

North Hagerstown 61, Smithsburg 56
SMITHSBURG (2-4, 1-2)
Miller 10, Bolton 3, King 15, Ryan 4, Stevens 5, Gibson 13, Tracy 2, Barnes 4, Totals 20 12-24 56.
Ober 7, Boykin 1, Karlen 3, Keyes 15, McCrary 14, Yacyk 11, Peralta 10, Totals 23 11-19 61.
Smithsburg    15    6    17    18    —    56
North    13    12    12    24    —    61
3-point goals — Smithsburg 2 (Miller, King), North 4 (Ober, Keyes 3). Fouled out — Gibson.

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