Rebels rise past Warriors using Domonique effect

January 14, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

South Hagerstown coach Bob Starkey had a rather intriguing math problem working against Boonsboro.

On one hand, he subtracted quantity from his Rebels - starters Mike Lee, Skip Jackson and Nick Maas, as well as reserve Scott Barrish, all missed Friday's game for being late to classes.

On the other hand, sophomore point guard Domonique Richmond gave Starkey an addition of quality, returning to South after starting the year at Montrose Christian.

Richmond provided plenty of energy off the bench as his presence, combined with South's speed on defense and Alberto Valentin's move back to his natural shooting guard position, lifted the Rebels to a stunning 76-42 victory over the Warriors in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.


"South will rise again," Starkey said. "I promise you we will."

South (4-7, 3-5) broke out to an 8-1 lead as Richmond watched, and had a 13-5 edge when he entered the game with 2:48 left in the first quarter.

Richmond found Valentin underneath for a layup his first time down the court, then after a South steal, Richmond got the ball all alone and tomahawk slammed his first two points of the year.

"I was wide open, and everybody in the stands was wanting it, so ... they said they hadn't seen a dunk before, so I just had to finish one," Richmond said.

"Dunks don't excite me, they still only count two points," Starkey said, which drew a rather poignant comment from assistant coach Dean Hamburg - "It excites me!"

Richmond's presence gave South a lightning quick full-court press. The Rebels used it to full advantage, holding the Warriors to three field goals in the first half en route to a 41-11 halftime lead.

"He helped us pick up our defense, cause we're not a real aggressive team," Valentin said. "That's what we needed."

"They did exactly what we practiced ... they didn't surprise us with anything, it's just their speed got us," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "That's the main thing, speed kills."

Valentin responded to his move to shooting guard by scoring 21 points, many on slashes to the basket.

"(Richmond) gives us a guy that is a (true) point guard," Starkey said. "We were playing Alberto out of position. You see how much better Valentin played in the other spot tonight?"

Richmond finished with 19 points in his homecoming, one which his teammates have long been wanting.

"All the guys were wanting me to come back, and all these guys are my friends," he said. "We work out well together. I'm having fun. I like my coach, my teammates, and school is good."

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