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Richmond dominates for South

January 03, 2002

Richmond dominates for South



By DAN KAUFFMAN
dankauff@herald-mail.com
BRUNSWICK (68)

Ault 14, Toms 14, Dykes 11, Brown 11, Feldman 7, Hueston 8, Blumenauer 3. Totals 27 11-14 68.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (88)

Miner 15, Barish 7, Maas 10, Richmond 33, Suttle 12, Rideout 8, Norris 3. Totals 34 11-18 88.

Halftime - South, 42-37. Three-point goals - Brunswick 5 (Toms 3, Ault, Blumenauer), South 3 (Rideout, Norris, Barish).



When told about his 33-point, 13-rebound performance against No. 8 Brunswick on Wednesday, South Hagerstown senior Domonique Richmond's eyes went wide.

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"I didn't even know," Richmond said after leading No. 6 South to an 88-68 win in what may have been the best game Richmond's played in a Rebels uniform. "I think I just hustled more. It was all easy stuff inside, and I made my free throws. ... I didn't know I did that to them."

South coach Bob Starkey knew. "Richmond played a monster game. I don't know if I've coached a guy who played any better than Richmond played tonight."

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Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar knew. "If you take him away, we win by 20. But he's there, and you can't take him away."

Richmond scored 16 points in the first quarter and 23 in the first half, most coming on layups. But no other Rebel scored more than five points in the half, and South needed a 12-3 run late to take a 42-37 halftime lead.

So Richmond showcased the other parts of his game in the second half, hitting the boards hard and finding his teammates for several easy baskets as South opened up a 61-47 lead with 3 minutes, 40 secnds left in the third quarter.

"Brunswick was running with us in the first half," Richmond said. "We started the second half with a little spurt. I was finishing in the first half, and in the second everyone filled the lanes and they finished."

Up 72-63 with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Richmond made three straight plays that took the life out of the Railroaders.

He took a long outlet pass in for a layup on the first possession, found David Miner (15 points) in transition for an easy layup on the next, then in one motion leapt, caught a pass at halfcourt with one hand and slung the ball to Miner on the break for yet another layup.

Two jumpers by Shannon Suttle (12 points) gave South an 82-65 lead and shut the door on Brunswick. The Rebels shot 62 percent (20-for-32) in the second half, most from within three feet.

"Defensively, we gave up too many easy baskets," Sklencar said. "Of their first four possessions in the second half, I think they had four layups. You can't do that."

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