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Strickland speaking - guard leads S. Carroll past South

December 30, 2000

Strickland speaking - guard leads S. Carroll past South



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


MIDDLETOWN, Md. - For nearly 20 minutes, the South Hagerstown basketball team restricted South Carroll.

Then, for the final 12 minutes, the Cavaliers "Stricklanded" the Rebels.

Marshall Strickland, the highly touted new addition to South Carroll's roster, was handed the keys to the offense midway through the third quarter on Friday and drove the Cavaliers to a 68-52 victory, winning the Ron Engle Classic title at Middletown High while handing South Hagerstown its first loss.

South spent much of the game trying to keep the Division I prospect in check, holding Strickland to just 11 points for the first 20 minutes of the game. South Carroll fell behind 40-35 before calling timeout with 4:32 remaining in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers came out of the timeout and turned Strickland loose. He responded by scoring 20 of South Carroll's final 32 points while taking advantage of a stretched out and worn out South Hagerstown offense.

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"We planned to rotate defensive players on him, using Shannon (Suttle) and (Nick) Maas on him," South Hagerstown coach Bob Starkey said. "But they got tired in the second half and then we didn't help support them. Early in the game, everyone was jumping in and picking him up. We didn't do that later on."

Suttle played nose-to-nose on Strickland for much of the game, but was hampered by foul problems. It eliminated a major part of Starkey's rotation, as the detail was left to Maas, who tired from the assignment.

Still, the Rebels (6-1) broke out of a 28-28 halftime tie and scored six straight points to assume a five-point lead and force South Carroll to call time to stop the momentum. The Cavs came off the bench and immediately handed the ball to Strickland while spreading the offense to open the middle.

"They had some big guys, but we matched up well," Strickland said. "They were physical, but we were more athletic. During the time out, Coach (Jim Carnes) told me he wanted me to pick it up and get the team going. They were playing me tough, but I waited to see how the refs were going to call the game and how they were going to play me and then I exploited it."

The move resulted in a 10-0 run in 2 minutes, 45 seconds for a 45-40 lead. The Cavs capped the turnaround with a 15-2 run to open the fourth quarter, including 11 from Strickland, to push to a 64-47 lead. South managed only 12 points in the final 12 minutes.

Domonique Richmond led the Rebels with 12 points while Suttle and Mike Lee added 11 each.

Strickland started the year playing for DeMatha before transferring to South Carroll three games ago. He reportedly has the interest of North Carolina.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the consolation game, Middletown hit five 3-point baskets in the first quarter - two each by John Keimig and Jake O'Leary - to build a 19-6 lead before holding on for a 65-60 win over Perry Hall.

"We expected them to play a 2-3 zone and I just told them to line it up and shoot," Middletown coach Jon Jarrett said. "I was a little surprised that they set up in the zone, but we got the shots."

Championship


South Carroll 68, South Hagerstown 52

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (52)

Richmond 12, Fowler 8, Suttle 11, Maas 7, Jeter 3, Lee 11. Totals 22 6-8 52.

SOUTH CARROLL

Strickland 31, Linton 5, Moss 14, Haynes 2, Boone 10, Hawkins 52, Jones 2. Totals 28 10-20 68.

South Hagerstown 1513177-52

South Carroll15132119-68

Three-point baskets - South Hagerstown 2 (Richmond 2), South Carroll 2 (Strickland, Linton). Foul out - Suttle. Records - South Hagerstown 6-1, South Carroll 5-1.

Consolation


Middletown 65, Perry Hall 60

PERRY HALL (60)

Munroe 2, Trentech 6, Taylor 11, Burris 24, Loberto 4, Sacra 5, Lipinski 8. Totals 23 11-23 60.

MIDDLETOWN (65)

J. Keimig 10, Manning 11, Moore 5, O'Leary 11, Brandenberg 3, Costello 23, DeMoss 2. Totals 22 14-22 65.

Perry Hall6151623-60

Middletown19161119-65

Three-point baskets - Perry Hall 3 (Trentech, Taylor, Burris), Middletown 7 (O'Leary 3, Manning 2, J. Reimig, Moore).

Ron Engle Classic All-Tournament Team


Burris, Perry Hall; Costello, Middletown; Richmond, South Hagerstown; Lee, South Hagerstown; Boone, South Carroll. MVP - Marshall Strickland, South Carroll.

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