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Gold Miner - South soph scores 30 to keep Rebels unbeaten

January 16, 2002

Gold Miner - South soph scores 30 to keep Rebels unbeaten



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

South Hagerstown's David Miner could only sit and watch.

Saddled with four fouls midway through the third quarter, the sophomore swingman had a front-row seat as North Hagerstown erased a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter and took the lead in Tuesday night's first game of the City Series.

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Upon returning to action, Miner made up for it. And then some.

He scored 12 of his team-high 30 points in the final three minutes - including 10 in a row - as the No. 4 Rebels gutted out an 80-75 victory over the No. 6 Hubs before a raucous, standing-room-only crowd on the north side.

"I had to step up at that point," Miner said with a shrug. "I had to get in there and do what I can do. And we just decided to come out and do our thing."

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For the Rebels, the thing is winning. And for Miner, the thing is scoring.

"The kid's a scoring machine," South coach Bob Starkey said. "Now if I can just get him to play defense."

Take it one at a time, coach. All Miner did was haul South from the brink of disaster and put North on the edge of elimination in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title chase with a spectacular night in all facets of the game.

"They really hit us on their quickness to the ball," North coach Tim McNamee said. "And it's not like we're slow. But penetrating, getting loose balls, tip-ins, they had all of that.

"Their five guys on the floor were quicker than our five guys on the floor most of the time."

With Miner in, the Rebels (11-0, 8-0) played with reckless abandon and pinpoint accuracy.

Led by Miner and point guard Domonique Richmond, South sliced up every defense North attempted in the first half. The Rebels shot 18-for-29 (62.1 percent) before the break and led 42-29 at the half.

"I said to (assistant coach Ralph Stottlemyer), 'They'll make a big run,'" Starkey said. "I've seen this game too many times. You don't die that easy when you're as good as North is."

Bob Starkey, fortune teller. South still led 62-51 on Kevin Rideout's basket with 6:46 to play in the game, but the Hubs (9-3, 6-2) began forcing turnovers.

Then Scott Rice went off.

The All-Area guard went off for eight points in a 12-0 run by the Hubs. Marshall Branch's bucket with 3:37 to play gave North a 63-62 lead - its first since 9-7 - and sent its crowd into pandemonium.

"We were battling uphill all the way," McNamee said. "That last push finally put us over top, but I also think it did us in."

And it was wild ride down. Branch's basket started a run of eight straight possesions where each team scored, and also swapped the lead on the scoreboard.

Miner began his run in there as well. His 3 matched a 3 by Rice and, following another Rice jumper, he twice got behind the Hubs' 1-3-1 half-court trap for alley-oop lay-ins.

The second was an incredible display of coordination, as he corralled a high-and-wide lob from Richmond and kissed the ball off the glass in one motion for a 71-70 lead.

It was the final lead change of the game, but Miner also delivered the dagger two possessions later.

South took four shots at the basket, but North couldn't control the ball and lost it out of bounds. On the inbound, Miner took a pass from Richmond in the deep corner and buried a contested 3 for a 74-70 game.

"That was all my decision to take it," Miner said. "I felt good coming into it and just hit it."

The Hubs never recovered. Miner's layup off a steal - see, he can play defense - capped a 10-0 run to put the game away.

Miner, Scott Barish and Shannon Suttle all had six rebounds and Richmond finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a masterful performance.

"We said we didn't get here by being bad," Starkey said. "Why do anything different?"

For North, Rice finished with a career-high 36 points and 10 rebounds, Tavis Green had 11 points and six rebounds and Bernard Harris had 10 points and seven rebounds.

"The big players came up big in this game," McNamee said. "Rice was great, Richmond hit the open man all night.

"But he had some help."

No kidding.

No. 4 South 80, No. 6 North 75


SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (80)

Norris 2, Rideout 9, Barish 2, Miner 30, Suttle 10, Richmond 27. Totals 32-60 12-17 80.

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (75)

Rice 36, Harris 10, Carey 8, Green 11, McConnaughey 4, Branch 6. Totals 31-76 9-20 75.

South20221820-80

North17122026-75

Three-point goals-South 5 (Rideout, Miner 3, Richmond), North 3 (Rice 2, Carey).

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