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Leopards don't get any spots from Rebels

February 21, 2001

Leopards don't get any spots from Rebels



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg boys basketball coach Eric Gerber wasn't truly disappointed with his team's 62-50 loss to South Hagerstown Tuesday night to close the season. Afterall, he said, "They're the second best team in the league. No shame in that."

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It was the way the Leopards got there - by the No. 7 Rebels drop-kicking them out of contention in the first half - that left Gerber shrugging his shoulders.

"We got behind early, and then it got really bad," Gerber said. "They're a class team, but you just wish you gave yourself a better opportunity to win."

South (18-4, 15-3 MVAL) barely gave the Leopards a chance to breathe, much less a shot at winning. After seven possessions, the Rebels led 10-0 and Smithsburg (9-13, 7-11) had already burned two timeouts.

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A repeat of last month's 47-44 chess match was definitely not in order.

"I think that really helped get our guys focused," South coach Bob Starkey said. "And we have been playing well lately."

The Leopards made things competitive by the end of the quarter, closing within 16-11, - until South turned on the jets to score on 10 of its first 12 possessions in the second quarter and lead 41-21 at the break.

Smithsburg's bob-and-weave guard offense was left looking like a signal buoy at Ocean City, as Dom Richmond, Danny Fowler, Tommy Gibson and Rebels picked off several floater passes and turned them into transition buckets.

"We didn't execute well offensively at all," Gerber said. "But a lot has to do with their pressure. You don't see that a lot in the league."

You won't see many Mike Lees in the league either. South's center again controlled the paint, going for 26 points and seven boards and capping his night with a steal and dunk in the fourth quarter.

Smithsburg finally ran its stuff in the second half, but the Rebels made a push every time the Leopards wanted to make things interesting. Richmond finished with 17 points, including three 3s during South's blitzkrieg second quarter.

For Smithsburg, Shane Anderson had 13 points and eight rebounds and Corey Brown added 12 points.

"This isn't an easy thing to go against," Starkey said. "Smithsburg goes with the guards and when they get going ... to come out of here with a 12-point win, I'm just tickled."

No. 7 South 62, Smithsburg 50



SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (62)

Fowler 2, Maas 5, Richmond 17, Suttle 6, Gibson 4, Jeter 2, Lee 26. Totals 28-63 1-2 62.

SMITHSBURG (50)

Anderson 13, Brown 12, Bey 6, Jones 6, Young 9, Talbert 4. Totals 22-50 5-10 50.

South1625129-62

Smithsburg11101514-50

Three-point goals-South 5 (Richmond 4, Maas), Smithsburg 1 (Anderson). Fouled Out-Gibson.

W'port 51, Clear Spring 49



CLEAR SPRING (49)

Everitts 6, Hoffman 4, Michael 11, Keyton 14, Schnebly 5, Worthington 9. Totals 16 17-26 49.

WILLIAMSPORT (51)

Giles 3, Weeks 2, Knicely 5, Foley 3, Brown 16, McAllister 9, Weeks 2, Basore 11. Totals 20 9-21 51.

Clear Spring91010146-49

Williamsport6617148-51

Three-point field goals: Williamsport 2 (Giles, Foley). JV: Williamsport 59-47. (Williamsport: Justin Lee, 16 points. Clear Spring: Andy Simmons, 26 points.)

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