By TIM KOELBLE
11:42 PM EST, January 18, 2013
North Hagerstown was horrible at the foul line for most of the night, but when the Hubs needed some points with the clock stopped, they managed to knock a few down and secure a 67-63 win over city rival South Hagerstown on Friday.
Isaiah Keyes managed to hit 4 of 9 in the final quarter and three of those were in the final 20 seconds that helped his team gain revenge for a loss to the Rebels in December.
Keyes scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter in front of a full house.
He hit a 3-pointer that gave North a 55-54 lead and, with 40 seconds left, a deuce that gave the Hubs a 64-61 lead.
After Drequan Johnson scored off an offensive rebound for South with 20 seconds left, Keyes went to the line and hit 1 of 2 free throws for a 65-63 lead.
With a chance to tie, or go ahead, South went the length of the floor but couldn’t get the ball in the hands of Devon King, or get off a successful shot.
“We made some bad decisions tonight and settled for jumpers,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “We didn’t get the ball to (King) on that last play.”
With 1.5 seconds remaining, Keyes went to the line and hit both free throws to ice the win.
“Everybody was yelling when I went to the line, I was nervous,” Keyes said. “It’s good to get this win. The first time we played (South) we thought we were too good and had big heads.”
The win boosted North (9-4, 6-2) into first place in the MVAL Antietam by one-half game over South (8-5, 5-2).
“I keep saying we are getting better as a team as the season goes along,” North coach Kevin Hartman said. “We just keep asking the players to believe in what we are trying to do and they are.”
From the outset, both teams threw punches at one another with North taking an early 15-9 lead as Max Ober hit for nine points on the way to a 22-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Mostly behind King and a 3-pointer from Michael Hill, South rallied and trailed only 36-35 at halftime. Neither team took control in the third quarter and the game was knotted up at 48-all heading to the fourth.
South’s last lead was 56-55 on a putback by Devon Redmon with 4:08 remaining.
“We are playing as a team right now, and you look at the stats and we don’t have a player averaging in double figures,” Hartman said.
Keyes finished with 21 points, his season high. Ober also has picked up scoring lately and finished with 16 points along with six assists. Kenny McCrary provided 12 points and eight rebounds.
“We really just got out-hustled in the last few minutes,” Naylor said. “(North) wanted the game. We’ve got to get back to practice and figure where some people are, like forgetting their sneakers, not thinking enough about the game.”
King had a big double-double for the Rebels, matching a season-high with 27 points and also pulling down 15 rebounds. He was the only double-digit scorer for South.
“(King) played as well as he has all year, maybe his best game,” Naylor said.
North Hagerstown 67, South Hagerstown 63
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (8-5, 5-2)
Freeman 8, Johnson 4, Hill 5, Henson 5, D. King 27, Redmon 9, Luna 2, Swayne 3. Totals 23 13-19 63.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (9-4, 6-2)
Ober 16, Keyes 21, McCrary 12, Carey 5, Yacyk 9, Peralta 4. Totals 27 11-25 67.
S. Hagerstown 11 14 13 15 — 63
N. Hagerstown 20 16 12 19 — 67
3-point goals—South 4 (Swayne, Hill, Henson, King); North 2 (Ober, Keyes). Technical foul—Redmon.
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