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Boys Basketball: Hubs turn up 'D' to turn away Blazers

February 08, 2013|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — It was a good thing the Clear Spring boys basketball team didn’t have pockets on their uniforms to carry change.

North Hagerstown was claiming anything loose as its own.

The Hubs had the ball bounce their way the entire night as their defensive quickness took the game away from the Blazers on Friday in a 57-30 MVAL Antietam victory.

Practically any time the ball rolled free, one of the Hubs (16-4, 12-2) seemed to be close by to scoop it up.

“We got to a lot of loose balls and deflections,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “We had loose balls, blocked shots and rebounded and we finished well.”

It was all a product of the Hubs’ defense as Clear Spring (5-11, 2-11) came away with too many empty trips down the floor to count. There were many times the Blazers never got a shot — and when they did shoot, it was only once.

North’s defense was too quick and too long for Clear Spring, which didn’t have a great night rebounding the ball.

“The story for us all year has been turnovers,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “We had at least 26 tonight, and that was probably generous. Turnovers and poor shooting is not a good mixture. Their quickness was too much for us on the perimeter and they had too much size inside and pounded us on the glass.”

North jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, behind four points by Preston Carey, before settling for a 14-9 advantage at the end of the period.

But the Blazers put the Hubs in the bonus early, allowing North to use a 7-0 run to open the second quarter — five of the points coming on foul shots — to take a 21-9 lead with 6:27 to go in the half.

From there, North’s defense choked off Clear Spring, as Andrew Yacyk and Kenny McCrary took control of the paint.

“When it was 14-9, we were still in the game,” said Grabill. “Then we didn’t box out and they started to pound the glass. Yacyk sets the tone for them. He’s so physical and his intensity is what you want in a player. They feed off of him.”

North led 27-14 at the half and held the Blazers to just three points in the first 7:30 of the third quarter to take a 43-17 lead.

McCrary’s quickness came into play as he scored six points in the third quarter and 10 of his 17 in the second half to lead the Hubs.

The Blazers could only get as close as 20 points in the fourth quarter.

The Hubs played without Isaiah Keyes, who missed the game due to illness. But North got an added emotional lift as Aaron Miller played for the first time this season, logging 2 1/2 minutes and collecting a rebound in his first athletic appearance since he was diagnosed with leukemia in August.

Teddy Schoeck had nine points for North, while Ryan Aaron and Jacob Brandt had 10 each for Clear Spring.

“We continue to be a work in progress on defense,” Hartman said. “Some games we play well and some games we have to find the rhythm. The defense found that rhythm tonight.”

North Hagerstown 57, Clear Spring 30
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (16-4, 12-2)
Ober 3, Gantt 6, Karlen 3, Schoeck 9, McCreay 17, Carey 8, Yacyk 1, Perealta 7, Reynolds 3. Totals 19 17-23 57.
CLEAR SPRING (5-11, 2-11)
Jar. Brant 4, Riley 2, Aaron 10, Schultz 2, Jac. Brant 10, Fisher 2. Totals 10 9-13 30
N. Hagerstown    14    13    16    14    —    57
Clear Spring    9    5    7    9    —    30
3-point goals — North Hagerstown 2 (Ober, Schoeck), Clear Spring 1 (Aaron). Fouled out — Jac. Brant.

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