Rebels run past Blazers

December 09, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Bob Starkey expects big things from junior guard David Miner, and Miner didn't disappoint.

It's what senior guard Brent Shaffer gave to the Rebels in an 80-63 victory over Clear Spring that left Starkey pleasantly surprised.

Miner scored 30 points and Shaffer came off the bench to score all 12 of his points in the third quarter, as South used a 19-4 run at the end of the quarter to turn a 43-35 lead into a 62-39 advantage and put a pesky Blazers squad away Saturday night.

"Offensively, Shaffer sparked us," Starkey said. "We expect Miner to do a lot for us, but not so much from Shaffer, (even though) he's in our top-eight rotation."


South (1-0) built a 28-18 lead over Clear Spring (0-1) midway through the second quarter, but the Blazers, behind sharp shooting from junior guard Cody Beard (18 points, three 3-pointers) and the inside play of senior Jesse Reed (13 points), stayed with the Rebels, getting as close as 43-35 with 2:25 left in the third quarter.

"That's the best Clear Spring team we've seen in a while," Starkey said. "They didn't beat themselves, we had to beat them. ... They shot well, they really did. You gave them daylight and they hit it."

But the Rebels found another gear late in the third quarter, as Miner and Shaffer picked up the pace offensively and South got after a Blazers squad vulnerable after starting guards Beard and Phil Saloom went to the bench with three fouls.

Miner scored 10 points and Shaffer had the other nine in the run that effectively put away Clear Spring. Three Blazers turnovers - two in the final 25 seconds of the quarter - led to easy baskets for South.

"Our veteran guards got into foul trouble, we went to some younger kids and they were losing the ball, and they got layups at the other end," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "Poor passes and poor execution down the stretch. ... It got away from us."

Jamel Smith (14 points) and Ben Mertz (10 points) also finished in double figures for the Rebels.

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