South streak at 17

February 06, 2002

South streak at 17

Rebels perfect for Friday night game vs. North

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

No. 3 South 77
No. 8 Middletown 57

Middletown (57)

J. Kelmig 22, Collwell 2, Kehoe 10, O'Leary 9, Brandenburg 8, Moser 6. Totals 21 12-17 57.


Richmond 20, Miner 10, Suttle 10, Maas 13, Barish 5, Rideout 10, Norris 5, Mertz 2. Totals 34 5-8 77.



Three-point goals-Middletown 3 (J. Keimig 2, O'Leary), South 4 (Richmond, Miner, Maas, Barish).

During halftime, the public address system in the South Hagerstown gymnasium blared out the strains of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."


The Middletown boys basketball team didn't really need any reminders.

No. 3 South used its stifling pressure defense, 20 points from Dominique Richmond and 20 first half turnovers by Middletown for a 77-57 victory on Tuesday night in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League, setting up the Rebels' much bally-hooed second meeting on Friday against North Hagerstown.

But if South (17-0, 14-0) was looking past Middletown, no one noticed. The Rebels ran out to a 43-21 halftime lead, taking advantage of their own quickness and the multiple mistakes the Knights (11-7, 9-5) made when they had the ball.

A relentless Rebel press and some ferocious board play posed a tough problem for the Knights.

"We certainly were effective in the press tonight," South Hagerstown coach Bob Starkey said. "That is the best we have ever played the press against a Middletown team."

Unfortunately for Middletown coach Jon Jarrett, the equation was easy to figure out. South's pressure defense led to multiple Middletown turnovers which led to multiple chances for the Rebels. South's shooting percentage from the floor was just average, but the opportunities created by the defense was nothing short of phenomenal.

"Awesome," Jarrett said. "They played quicker than us, harder than us and when they needed a basket , they just got the ball to Richmond. He is the key."

"Richmond played a great game for us tonight," Starkey said. "Technically, he had an off night, but in this game he was definitely the man."

Middletown made its only serious run at the Rebels late in the fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Jack O'Leary brought the Knights within 62-48, but a jumper in the lane by Richmond stopped the rally and South quickly recovered, pushing the lead to 20 once again.

"We feel we can pick up the tempo when we need to," Richmond said. "We don't panic. When we need to pick it up, we will pick it up."

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