Hubs win Tri-State Shootout on Teague's last second tip-in

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — At 6-foot-7, Christian Teague has a big presence in the paint for the North Hagerstown boys basketball team.

Teague’s presence was especially felt in the second half of Friday night’s Tri-State Shootout championship game.

The Hubs senior scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, including the game-winning tip-in with 0.6 seconds left, to lift North past Southern Fulton 45-44 at Berkeley Springs.

“In the second half I was actually trying to get the ball,” Teague said. “I didn’t play much the second half because of fouls and I was getting mad watching the game. I just took the aggression and it kind of helped me make my shots.”

Trailing 43-38 with 4:41 remaining, Southern Fulton’s Justin Morris pulled the Indians (4-2) into a tie on a layup with 39 seconds left, then put them in front 44-43 on a free throw with 9.4 seconds left.

North’s John Hardman took a 3-pointer in the final seconds, with the miss caroming into the hands of Teague, who tipped the ball back into the net to give the Hubs (5-3) the lead.

“I saw the ball come down and there wasn’t a lot of time left, so I had to kind of force the shot up,” Teague said. “I saw the miss and said, ‘Well I’ve got to find a way to tip this back in.’”

Southern Fulton’s attempt at a full-court pass to Morris was swatted away to give North the victory.

Jayvon Burnett had 10 points and nine rebounds to help the Hubs, while Drew Hamilton had nine points and Ryan Socks hauled in eight rebounds. Burnett was named to the all-tournament team, along with tournament MVP D'Liahl Richards.

“I thought Southern Fulton played a great game, and truly we were lucky to survive there at the end,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “So hats off to them. We had an enjoyable tournament and are happy to win both games.”

North was plagued by its 24 turnovers for much of the night, especially in the first half as the Indians were able to take a 22-20 halftime lead.

“We just struggled,” Hartman said. “We had the right people where we thought we wanted them, but we just did some uncharacteristic things which is a credit to (Southern Fulton).”

The Hubs and Teague came out stronger in the the third quarter, with the center scoring eight of the team’s 16 points in the period to put North up 36-34 heading into the final quarter.

“I think all of our bigs played better in the second half,” said Hartman. “The same thing happened last night (against Berkeley Springs), our bigs didn’t have a great first half and they played much better in the second.”

Southern Fulton and North traded buckets early in the fourth, with the Hubs taking a 39-38 lead on a free throw by Teague.

Burnett and Larry Brown each made a layup to give North its largest lead of the evening at 43-38, before Morris scored the Indians' final six points to give Southern Fulton the late edge.

Thankfully for the Hubs, Teague was in the right place around the basket for the last second tip-in.


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Hubs clean glass to wipe away Rebels

After losing twice last year to a team it considered inferior — arch-rival South Hagerstown — North Hagerstown was anxious for payback.

On Friday night before a full house at South, the Hubs’ desire was evident as they dominated the boards and won most of the loose balls in a 64-58 CMC Spires victory.

Junior Christian Teague (12 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks) epitomized the effort as surging North (6-4, 3-3) won its fourth straight thanks largely to a 41-24 edge on the boards. Also playing big roles for North were Titus Baylor (13 points, four rebounds), Ryan Socks (nine points) and Shalon Smith (four points, seven rebounds).

The play of the 6-foot-6 Teague was particularly key. Four of the times he blocked shots, he also came down with the rebound. 

“That’s not something I was trying to do,” Teague said. “It just worked out that way.”

North took a double-digit lead in the first half as Baylor and John Hardman each hit a pair of 3-pointers and D’Liah’l Richards added another.

But South (3-7, 2-3) rallied behind Anthony Pimentel. The 6-4 junior, who scored a game-high 16 points and pulled down 12 boards, scored on a putback which ignited a 9-0 run bridging halftime and cut North’s advantage to 33-32. 

It remained close throughout the third quarter. But in the fourth period, the Hubs held the Rebels scoreless for the first 4:20 and surged to a 54-44 lead as Socks rose for a putback and Smith and Kaleb Ferguson added two free throws each. 

When Smith drove for a layup with a minute left, North had an eight-point lead. But South had a last gasp as Ferguson picked up a poorly timed technical foul with 56 seconds left. 

Pimentel responded by hitting four straight free throws. South also retained possession and Timmy Townsend drove inside for a layup, cutting the deficit to 60-58. 

But Baylor hit two free throws and Ferguson (six points, six rebounds) redeemed himself with a game-clinching fast-break layup. 

“We really wanted this one,” Teague said. “Especially doing it on their home court.”

Former Hub Baylor earns monthly honors

SUMMERDALE, Pa. — North Hagerstown graduate Noah Baylor was named male athlete of the month for November and December at Central Penn College. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is averaging 10 points and eight rebounds for the Knights (7-8), while hitting 61 percent of his shots from the floor.

Baylor had 15 points and 15 rebounds in a 107-102 triple-overtime loss at Berkeley (N.Y.). He also registered double-doubles in a win at Penn State Mont Alto and a loss at Campbellsville (Ky.).

“Noah Baylor is one of our team captains,” says coach David Archer. “He is a great example of a student-athlete with excellent character on and off the court.”

Central Penn is striving to reach the United States College Athletic Association Division II national tournament for the seventh straight season. The USCAA is made up of more than 80 small college teams that compete in seven sports for males and six for females.

Hubs hold off late Leopards charge

It was a far different beginning for the North Hagerstown Hubs on Thursday night against Smithsburg than it was Tuesday in their season opener against Westminster.

The Hubs fell behind Westminster early and trailed by as much as 20 points before mounting a comeback, only to fall short in a 63-62 loss.

Thursday was entirely different for most of the game as refocused North (1-1) came away with a 61-57 win over the Leopards (1-1), who made a gallant effort in the final quarter to steal away a win. 

Titus Baylor was the main attraction in the first half when he scored nine points on the way to a 19-9 Hubs lead after one period. Then, as the clock wore down to conclusion in the third quarter, Baylor thrilled the home crowd with a 3-pointer from near half court as the buzzer sounded, extending the lead to 51-34.

“We were aggressive in the first three quarters,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “In the fourth quarter, we just didn’t play aggressive and Smithsburg played to finish the game.”

North was aggressive on the inside, finding the open man consistently in the paint. The Hubs kept Smithsburg without second shots for most of the game and turned several rebounds into transition baskets.

Smithsburg was coming off a season-opening 58-55 win on the road at Allegany, but ran into a North team that showed more depth than in recent years. That said, Smithsburg still kept pushing the button and with 3:27 left in the game had whittled its deficit to nine at 54-45.

The North lead dwindled to 58-54 after a bucket by John Palmer.

Baylor hit a pair of free throws for a 60-54 lead before Smithsburg hit a free throw and bucket to get within 60-57 with 37.8 seconds left.

Smithsburg forced a turnover, then took a moment for a sideline call with 16.1 seconds to play. A play designed for Cam Kutchey worked him to the arc on the right side, and the senior had a good look but hit the front of the rim, and North closed it out at the line.

Baylor led the Hubs with 19 points, Christian Teague had 12 and D’Liahl Richards added 11.      

“We had too many turnovers in the first half (21 overall),” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “We played with a sense or urgency in the fourth quarter and held onto the ball. We did a better job rebounding.

“We had perfect execution on the last shot, Cam had a great look,” said Gerber.

Palmer had 14 points and seven rebounds for Smithsburg, Kutchey had 12 points and nine rebounds and Cameron Snyder had six assists.


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Hubs double up Mountain Ridge, 70-35

 Jiar White had 27 points and five rebounds as host North Hagerstown defeated Mountain Ridge in the Hubs Mixer on Wednesday.

John Teague had 10 points and five rebounds and Christian Teague had eight points and eight rebounds for the Hubs (6-2).

The Hubs, who led 16-14 after the first quarter, outscored the Miners (4-3) 26-4 in the second period and 20-2 in the third.

Also for North, Titus Baylor had six points, Ravaughn Dillard had five points, Shalom Smith had five rebounds and Brandon Castera and Kaleb Ferguson had four assists each.


White, Dillard lead Hubs past undefeated Frederick, 60-56

Frederick, MD----Jiar White and Ravaughn Dillard combined for 48 points and 18 rebounds to lead visiting North Hagerstown to a 60-56 win over Frederick on Friday evening.

The Hubs trailed 25-18 at haltime but opened the second half on an 8-0 run, then outscored the Cadets 24-14 in the third period to seize the momentum.

Frederick had no answer for the North tandem of White & Dillard in the second half. The senior duo known as The "Bounce Brothers" for their superior leaping ability, combined for 35 of their 48 points after halftime.

White finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Dillard had 24 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. John Teague added eight points and seven rebounds and Brandon Castera pulled down eight rebounds and dished out three assists in the victory.

Friday's road victory at Cadet Colosium in Frederick was the Hubs first victory there since December 2004. With the win North improves to (3-1) and will come home to face Walkersvile on Monday at Hub Arena.






High-rise Hubs race past Blazers, 63-44

North Hagerstown coach Kevin Hartman did little to disguise his strategy Tuesday against Clear Spring.

Nearly every time his team got possession early in the game, he issued the same directive.

“Go, go, go-go-go,” Hartman yelled, his volume and cadence increasing with each “go.”

North heeded the advice, running off with a 63-44 victory against the overmatched Blazers, who didn’t have the speed or the depth to handle the Hubs.

With athletic transfers Jiar White (15 points, six rebounds, four steals) and Ravaughn Dillard (10 points, three steals) leading the downfloor charge, each registering three fastbreak dunks, North (2-1) showed that life on the run is fun.

Dillard’s most eye-opening play came when he made a steal under the Clear Spring basket and dribbled to the other end, outracing all the Blazers for a two-fisted slam.

“That’s just my speed,” said Dillard, a transfer from Gettysburg. “I think as we come together and get stronger, teams should be afraid of us.”

Especially teams that let the Hubs play transition basketball.

Fueling the running game on Tuesday night was an aggressive defense that forced 26 turnovers.

Clear Spring (1-2) had fits on the perimeter with junior guard Titus Baylor (10 points, five steals). While closer to the basket, 6-foot-6, 270-pound John Teague (two points, six steals, five rebounds) showed an amazing knack for retrieving loose balls.

“He’s worked hard all summer,” Hartman said. “He deserves what he’s getting. I’m proud of the way he’s hustling up and down the floor. A lot of times he’s beating the ball up the floor.”

Were it not for the play of Clear Spring junior Connor Michael, who scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, North would have wrapped the game up much earlier.

“Tough matchup for us,” Hartman said. “We knew he’d be who they’d be looking to. From a pure basketball fan standpoint, he didn’t disappoint. He had a variety of moves, finished well, hit some jumpers. Good ballplayer.”

Clear Spring missed another good ballplayer, junior point guard Jaret Lazich, who remains sidelined with his right foot in a walking boot. Without his ball-handling and quickness, the Blazers were often lost when trying to keep up with the Hubs in transition.

“If we limited our turnovers and made our free throws, we’d be right there with them,” the 6-foot-5 Michael said. “We got a lot of potential. We’re reaching for the stars this year.”

On Tuesday night, however, Clear Spring was often reaching for air. Such was the case when North went on a 17-1 run that bridged the first and second quarters and gave the Hubs the lead for good, 18-5.

North dominated the boards on the run, getting five second-chance points, and many others in transition after forcing turnovers.

Baylor ignited the spree with a steal and pass to White for a fastbreak layup. White then returned the favor, passing to Baylor for an open 3-pointer. Dillard finished off the run with back-to-back transition layups.

Later in the second quarter, North showed its depth as Kaleb Ferguson got a rebound and took it the length of the floor for a layup and Seth Hartman added a corner 3. By halftime, 10 Hubs had hit the books.

In the second half, Michael kept Clear Spring within 10 points late in the third quarter. But the Hubs had too much depth and too many athletes.

“We expected them to play some zone so we wanted to run,” Hartman said. “We’re still working on combinations, trying to find who plays best with each other.”


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