HAGERSTOWN—The North Hagerstown boys basketball team got its first victory of the season Tuesday night. It took the Hubs five tries to find the win column, but a 69-53 MVAL Antietam victory over Catoctin started North’s five-game homestand off on the right foot.
“I was happy to get the win,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “We really wanted to get the ‘W.’ This was our first home game since our opener (on Dec. 7).”
The Hubs didn’t waste any time in taking the lead as they led 13-4 midway through the first quarter. Catoctin, however, would battle back and only trailed North 18-15 after the first quarter of play.
North’s defense wasn’t as staunch as it could have been in the first quarter, but an adjustment in the second quarter to the full-court press seemed to rattle the Cougars.
“We needed to get into a flow first,” Hartman said. “We wanted to see how Catoctin would handle the press.”
The pressure got to Catoctin (1-3, 0-3) in the second quarter as the Cougars only managed 11 points while the Hubs doubled them up, scoring 22 points to take a 40-26 halftime lead.
North (1-4, 1-2) got production from practically the entire team in the first half as 10 of the 11 players on the roster scored.
“We needed to find some people to score,” Hartman said. “We’ve been struggling to score this season.”
Catoctin coach Mark Wiles admitted to the difficulties of covering a team that spreads the ball around.
“They don’t have that one go-to guy,” Wiles said. “They have five good players, which makes them tough to defend. They share the ball well.”
North’s diverse scoring dwindled in the second half as Will Peralta scored 14 of a team-high 16 points in the second half. Teddy Schoeck and J.R. Railing both finished in double figures, scoring 10 points each.
The Hubs’ disruptive defense ensued for much of the night as they recorded 12 steals — including five from Nick Colvin.
“We weren’t able to hold on to the ball tonight,” Wiles said. “(North) had more possessions than us. They got to loose balls — that was a big thing.”
Josh Laramore fueled Catoctin with 20 points — including four 3-pointers — but it wasn’t enough.
“It was good to see (Laramore) step up tonight,” Wiles said. “He can really shoot the ball.”
Darian Vandiver and Tyler Smith each finished with 11 points for Catoctin.
North Hagerstown 69, Catoctin 53
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (1-4, 1-2)
Peralta 16, Railing 10, Schoeck 10, Keyes 9, Ober 9, Colvin 4, Karlen 4, Medley 3, Pllana 2, Yacyk 2. Totals 30 6-7 69.
CATOCTIN (1-3, 0-3)
Laramore 20, Smith 11, Vandiver 11, Jenkins 5, Hafner 2, Kennedy 2, Shanton 2. Totals 21 5-9 53.
N. Hagerstown 18 22 14 15 — 69
Catoctin 15 11 16 11 — 53
3-point goals — North 3 (Railing, Medley), Catoctin 6 (Laramore 4, Jenkins, Vandiver).