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Boonsboro turns over ball, game to South

December 08, 1998

Boonsboro loses to SouthBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




Of all the keys to scoring points, Boonsboro found out that one of the major keys is holding on to the ball.

South Hagerstown forced 23 turnovers with a tenacious defense that plugged the Warriors' passing lanes and led to easy transition layups in the Rebels' 79-53 victory in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League boys basketball game Monday night at South.

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"We played an upbeat game, a high-energy game," South coach Bob Starkey said after the game. "We tried to keep the pressure on, keep them in the cooker."

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South led all the way, opening the game with a 5-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Moot Powell.

Boonsboro hung tough in the first period behind the play of Brooks Everline. The senior point guard scored all eight points for the Warriors in the quarter, including two baskets from three-point range, to close to 11-8 with a minute left.

Then the Rebels hit their defensive stride, using quickness and anticipation in opening up the game.

South rolled off a 23-6 run to lead 34-14 at halftime. Powell and Domique Richmond each scored six points in the run, while Mike Lee added four.

"They switched on screens and denied passing lanes, and that was basically the difference," Boonsboro coach Denny Talbert said. "They played some defense. I hope nobody's quicker than they are in this league."

South hit the defensive override button after the half, raising its intensity to a higher level. South outscored Boonsboro 26-12 in the third quarter for a 60-26 lead. South got nine easy layups in transition during the quarter, including a fancy reverse layup through traffic by Powell.

"We relaxed. We had three good quarters tonight defensively and didn't lose our intensity," Starkey said. "We have to play that way to beat the real good teams."

Boonsboro opened the fourth quarter with a 12-6 run to cut the lead to 68-40.

During the run, Brad Dixon was fouled on a break to the basket, and in the aftermath, Starkey was given a technical foul. Dixon converted on three of four free-throws, and Everline got a layup to complete the five-point play.

"These kids bust their butts," Talbert said. "If they do that, good things will happen. We got beat, but the effort is still there."

Boonsboro would get consecutive 3-point baskets from Everline and Phil Physioc with under two minutes to play, bringing the score to 76-50.

"I think Boonsboro is a tough team. I think they're a force to be reckoned with in the league," Starkey said.

"We just had an exceptionally good game."

Everline led all scorers with 21 points, including his three 3-point baskets, and added three assists and three steals for Boonsboro. Richmond led South with 19 points and Schnebly added 18.

Lee had seven rebounds, and Frank Linton added seven assists.

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