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Rebels pull snow job

February 27, 2002|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

- South Hagerstown's 17-0 run breaks open a close game against Williamsport.

WILLIAMSPORT - It was almost inevitable ... simply a matter of time.

South Hagerstown's boys basketball team goes on a game-clinching tear about as often as snow falls in February. But with five minutes left in the fourth period Tuesday, Rebels coach Bob Starkey was still looking for a flake.

Instead, Starkey got a blizzard as South rode a 17-0 fourth-quarter spree to secure a 65-45 victory over Williamsport in the Class 1A West quarterfinals.

The Rebels (22-1) may have felt reasonably comfortable entering the final eight minutes. They held a 46-37 edge, the Wildcats faced severe foul trouble and starting guard Ben Giles was already on the bench with five personals.

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Jason Knicley and Ben Jordan combined for six straight points to open the quarter and suddenly Williamsport (10-14) trailed by just three.

"That's where we wanted it," Crawford said. "We're not going to score 70 points, so we wanted to keep the game in the 50s. We had the momentum, but we turned the ball over, got called for a couple fouls and 'Uncle Mo' shifted back their way."

Three Williamsport turnovers resulted in six Rebels points, and two technical fouls on the Wildcats bench accounted for three more as South took advantage of a five-minute Williamsport drought to clinch the win.

"This was the one I was really worried about," Starkey said. "For some reason (Williamsport) seems to play especially well against us. I knew they were going to make a run at us. They're too good."

South broke an 8-8 first-period tie with an 8-0 run to end the first period and the Rebels carried that eight-point edge into the intermission.

While Williamsport had two players in foul trouble, the Rebels leading scorer Domonique Richmond had yet to score after the first 16 minutes.

David Miner picked up the slack, scoring 18 of his 22 points in the second half for South.

"Coach gave us a little pep talk (at halftime), and we came out firing," Miner said. "We had a couple guys struggling at the offensive end, we just had to step it up."

South 65, Williamsport 45


SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (65)

Richmond 9, Miner 22, Suttle 15, Maas 2, Barish 7, Rideout 5, Norris 2, Arnett 3, Totals 19 22-37 65.

WILLIAMSPORT (45)

Jordan 7, Giles 4, Knicley 15, Foley 5, Martin 2, Keefer 4, Basore 8, Totals 18 8-18 45.

South16102019-65

Williamsport910198-45

Three-point goals - South 5 (Richmond, Miner 2, Barish, Arnett). Williamsport 1 (Knicley). Fouled out - Giles.

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