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Boys Basketball: North turns it on to top Boonsboro

February 01, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — North Hagerstown’s boys basketball team turned a scant 19-18 halftime lead into a runaway 61-39 MVAL Antietam victory over Boonsboro on Friday night.

Boonsboro’s Justin Jardeleza gave the Warriors an 18-16 lead by making two free throws with five seconds to go in the second quarter.

However, North (14-4, 10-2) went into the break ahead thanks to a running 3-pointer by Nick Karlen at the buzzer.

The Hubs couldn’t find the mark in the first half — shooting 9-for-28 from the field — and were led by Kenny McCrary’s eight points. Despite its struggles from the floor, North’s defense kept it in the game, forcing 12 Warriors turnovers and blocking three shots, all by McCrary.

“Boonsboro played extremely well the whole game,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “We were without Max Ober, who was away on a college trip, and they switched defenses often. We had to adjust to their switches.”

North came out firing on all cylinders in the second half.

The Hubs and Warriors (7-11, 5-7) played to a 22-22 tie early in the third quarter before a five-point run by North got its offense rolling. Isaiah Keyes hit a free throw, followed by a steal and basket by Preston Carey. North forced another turnover that led to a basket by McCrary, prompting a Boonsboro timeout.

North outscored Boonsboro 18-8 in the period, as McCrary added six points to his total. He finished with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds.

“We talked things over at half and we picked up the tempo in the second,” said Hartman. “We put the pressure on them and started hitting some shots.”

North didn’t let up at all in the fourth quarter, taking advantage of seven Boonsboro fouls and converting at the line. Keyes scored 10 of his 19 points in the final period, all from the charity stripe.

“I know we’ve been working on free throws in practice, and going forward we have to pick it up on defense. Isaiah and Kenny really contributed, but tonight was an all-around team win.”

Casey Strunk led Boonsboro with 11 points. Scott Bennett was right behind him with nine.

“We controlled the tempo in the first half, but you have to keep controlling it with a team like North. They’re racehorses,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “I can’t fault our effort tonight, though. We’ve been playing so much better lately, and we’ll get there if our players stay with us. We want to compete with the top teams in the league.”

North Hagerstown 61, Boonsboro 39
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (14-4, 10-2)
Gantt 2, Karlen 3, Keyes 19, Schoeck 3, McCrary 22, Carey 4, Yacyk 2, Peralta 4, Reynolds 2. Totals 22 15-17 61.
BOONSBORO (7-11, 5-7)
Cowden 3, Jardeleza 5, Saunders 6, Strunk 11, Jenkins 2, Wetzel 1, Bennett 9, Coulter 2. Totals 14 10-13 39.
North    6    13    18    24    —    61
Boonsboro    7    11    8    13    —    39
3-point goals — North Hagerstown 2 (Karlen, Keyes), Boonsboro 1 (Bennett).

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