“(Keyes) did a nice job tonight as well as Max (Ober),” Hartman said. “Our guards picked us up tonight.”
Keyes and Ober each scored 14 for the Hubs, while Will Peralta played big inside with 12 points and six rebounds.
The Hubs had only 15 turnovers and their defense forced Middletown into 26 mistakes.
“I’m pleased with the defensive effort,” Hartman said. “We had some different personnel in defensively tonight.”
* Smithsburg had a very different beginning than the Leopards experienced on Thursday against Washington. The Leopards led Loudoun County 7-4 in the early stages before the Raiders (8-3) went wild.
Robbie Supcoe hit a 3 that kicked off a 13-0 run for a 17-7 lead, and the Leopards (2-6) never recovered, though they still played hard.
“We lost our focus on defense during that run,” Smithsburg coach Mike Williams said. “Whatever we tried, man or zone, we weren’t communicating.”
Williams joked afterward that he was going to send most of his team to Urgent Care, with many players coming in under the weather.
Cobi King played well for the second straight game, picking up the scoring slack for the injured Ryan Bolton. King led three players in double figures with 14 points and also had five rebounds. Cedric Barnes had 11 points and seven rebounds, and Eric Gibson scored 10.
* In the opener, Washington once again came to town and waltzed to a victory, even though the Patriots arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled start of 2 p.m., because of a school bus arriving late at their school.
When Brunswick coach Dan McLane called his first timeout just 1:18 into the game, Washington already had a 6-0 lead. It became 17-0 before Brunswick scored its first points of the game with 4:01 left on a goal by Jay Howard.
Dominique Newman scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter for the Patriots (7-2). Keldon Bell added 15 points and eight rebounds and Damarie Stewart had 10 points off the bench for Washington.
Zach Hossler led Brunswick (5-3) with 10 points and four rebounds.
North Hagerstown 66, Middletown 44
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (5-3)
Ober 14, Boykins 8, Keyes 14, McCreary 2, Carey 0, Yacyk 6, Peralta 12, Reynolds 6, Stubbs 2, Gantt 2. Totals 28 7-11 66.
Panther 5, Schumacher 21, Murphy 2, Racz 2, Rinehart 18, Headley 2, Grife 4, Sprignoli 2, Bolton 7. Totals 17 6-10 44.
North 16 14 18 18 — 66