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Miner lifts Rebels past Catoctin

December 17, 2002|by JACK HILL III

Junior point guard David Miner notched a triple-double, scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead South Hagerstown to a runaway 81-49 victory over Catoctin.

"David Miner is the electric man," South Hagerstown coach Bob Starkey said. "He is high voltage and he shocks you."

Miner followed the pre-game advice that Starkey gave to his team.

"The coach just gave us a little pep talk in the beginning," Miner said. "He said, 'Don't come out with your heads too high. Just come out and play the game.' We just came out and ran our offense. We moved the ball down the floor and we got back on defense."

Miner scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Rebels (3-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 21-5 lead. Miner added 12 points in the second quarter as the Rebels built a 45-13 halftime lead.

"I didn't think that I was going to be on tonight," Miner said. "During warmups, I was off a little bit. But then I started feeling it during the game. Something sparked me and I just felt good. I think that our overall team performance is good. If we keep it up, then we should be all right."

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Jesse Gutekunst, who is a 6-foot-7 junior center, finished with eight rebounds, seven blocked shots and five steals for South Hagerstown.

"We were a good bit quicker than Catoctin," Starkey added. "We beat them to loose balls. We beat them in every phase of the game. We just shut them down defensively early. Our offense feeds off of our defense. When we play defense, we will get some offense going."

Danny Novak led Catoctin (0-2 overall, 0-2 MVAL) with 13 points.

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