South boys hold off Brunswick

February 03, 2001

South boys hold off Brunswick

By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer

One look at South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Bob Starkey's face told the story after Friday night's win over Brunswick - thank goodness we don't have to face THEM again in the regular season.

The Railroaders simply refused to go away after falling behind by 12 points at halftime. Brunswick cut South's lead to four in the third quarter and two in the fourth before the Rebels finally got a grasp on a 74-68 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"We had to play an excellent game to beat them," Starkey said. "We had to dig down deep for that one.

"They didn't quit, and we didn't wilt."

But Brunswick put a major scare into the No. 5 Rebels, almost one month after defeating them 72-61 at Brunswick on Jan. 3.


The Railroaders (6-10, 5-8) opened the second half with runs of 7-0 and 10-4 to cut South's lead to four, 45-41, with 3:36 left in the third quarter. The Rebels (12-3, 10-2) answered with their own 7-0 run - five coming from Danny Fowler, who finished the run with a 3-point play - for a 56-45 lead at the end of the quarter.

Then Brunswick made its biggest charge, outscoring South 18-9 over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and shrinking the Rebels' lead to two, 65-63, with 2:54 left. Jimmy Sklencar had seven of his 12 points in the run and Larry Brown had five.

With 1:43 left and Brunswick down 67-65, Jeremy Wallick - who led the Railroaders with 16 points, 13 coming in the second half - stepped to the foul line with a chance to tie the game.

"(Wallick) is their money player," Starkey said. "I told Carlton (assistant coach Branson), 'That guy will make them both, that doggone guy will make them both.'"

But Wallick missed both attempts, and 13 seconds later, Mike Lee scored inside to extend South's lead to four.

"We've played 16 games now, and 14 of them have come down to the last three minutes," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "We can't seem to make the free throws or make the shot or make the play we need. ... We just need to make plays at the end."

Jimmy Sklencar hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to cut the lead to 71-68, but South played keepaway until finding Lee under the basket for a 3-point play with six seconds left, sealing the game.

No. 5 South 74, Brunswick 68


Wallick 16, Goode 12, Smith 5, Shafer 9, Thompson 4, Sklencar 12, Brown 7, Lastner 3. Totals 22 18-25 68.


Maas 11, Jeter 3, Fowler 15, Richmond 12, Suttle 10, Gibson 4, Lee 19. Totals 27 18-21 74.



Three-point goals - Brunswick 5 (Goode 2, Smith, Sklencar 2), South 2 (Richmond 2). Fouled Out - Gibson. JV - Brunswick, 70-67, OT.

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