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South hangs on to win

January 27, 2001

South hangs on to win



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


The South Hagerstown basketball team did one thing right all night Friday ... it stopped shooting the ball.

Meanwhile, Smithsburg did one major thing wrong. It failed to make the Rebels shoot more.

In a game that could have been entitled "Shootout at the No Way Corral," the No. 4 Rebels were at their best when they decided to hold onto the ball in the last minute, which allowed them to escape with a 47-44 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

South's gym was the safest place to be in the world if you were a clay pigeon. Neither team could shoot straight or accurately as both banged enough tin to start a calypso band, combining for 30 percent from the floor.

"I can't make them understand that we play well when we hustle," South coach Bob Starkey said. "If we hustle, we get into the transition and get layups. If we don't, we're not that good."

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Both teams shot in the 20s as South led 11-4 after one quarter and 24-16 at the half.

The Rebels went to a more aggressive style to attack Smithsburg's 2-3 zone and 6-foot-8 big man Danny Young in the second half. The Leopards, meanwhile, went to a spread offense to take advantage of South's overplaying defense.

It helped, but not much.

Smithsburg closed to within 45-44 with 1:31 remaining, using a 9-0 run where Young scored four of his game-high 20 points.

"I was pleased with the way we executed, even in the first half, but we couldn't hit any shots," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "We spread out the offense a little and it got us going."

South owned a precarious 46-44 lead with 54 seconds remaining when the Rebels rebounded Corey Brown's missed foul shot and went into a delay to choke off the clock. They melted away 32 seconds before the Leopards fouled.

"I don't think they realized that we were holding the ball at first because we kept attacking the basket," Starkey said. "We didn't want to shoot the ball, but we didn't want to shoot foul shots ... we can't make them either."

Dominique Richmond missed the front of a 1-and-1 with 22 seconds remaining, but got his own rebound. Scott Barrish was fouled six seconds later and hit a foul shot.

Shane Anderson missed a tying 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining.

"We actually wanted to foul them after 10 seconds," Gerber said. "But we didn't box out Richmond and he got the rebound. If we had done that, we would have been down two with 20 seconds remaining. I'll take that at South's gym anytime."

No. 4 South 47, Smithsburg 44



SMITHSBURG (44)

Anderson 7, Brown 3, Jones 10, Young 20, Talbert 2, Redick 2. Totals 15 14-24 44.

SOUTH (47)

Richmond 5, Fowler 3, Suttle 2, Maas 12, Barrish 5, Jeter 6, Lee 11, Williams 3. Totals 20 3-9 47.

Smithsburg 4121117-44

South1113167-47

Three-point goals - South 4 (Maas 2, Richmond, Williams). Fouled out - Jeter, Lee. Technical foul - Richmond.

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