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Rebels take long road to a victory

January 13, 2003|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - South Hagerstown's boys basketball team could have taken the scenic route, through the flowers in the meadow on a lovely spring day.

Instead, the Rebels opted to trudge through the swamp littered with land mines.

But after leading by 18 points midway through the fourth quarter, South coach Bob Starkey was just happy to escape with a 66-59 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over Boonsboro.

"We played not-too-intelligent," said Starkey. "We were up by (18) and we were trying for the impossible shots and the impossible blocks. I feel like I just won the Hagerstown Open."

After David Miner - South's high-scoring forward who missed the Rebels' previous three games due to a suspension - hit a fast-break layup to give the Rebels (6-2, 3-2) a 57-39 advantage, Boonsboro started to roll offensively for the first time.

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Mitchell Smith scored 11 of his 16 points in the final 4 minutes, 20 seconds to pull the Warriors to within six with 73 seconds left. But two straight turnovers - the monster that plagued Boonsboro (4-3, 3-3) throughout the game - allowed South to snap an 8-0 Warriors run and secure the win.

"We scored (59) points and for the first three quarters we ran absolutely no offense," said Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram. "When we did run our offense, we got some good looks. We didn't play smart at all. We didn't want to get into a running game with them, and that's exactly what we did."

Ben Mertz and Jesse Gutekunst staked the Rebels to the early lead, combining for 22 first-half points as the Rebels raced to a 29-20 halftime edge. Lonnell Smith kept the Warriors in the game with 12 points in the first half.

In the third period, a Boonsboro scoring drought that lasted more than five minutes allowed South to reel off 10 unanswered points for a 17-point lead.

Six points from Mike Moyseenko sparked a 13-7 South run to start the fourth period, before the Warriors started their comeback bid.




No. 9 South Hagerstown 66 - No. 8 Boonsboro 59


SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (66)

Shaffer 5, Mertz 21, Smith 10, Miner 8, Moyseenko 9, Gutekunst 13, Totals 22 19-39 66.

BOONSBORO (59)

M. Smith 16, Himes 2, Wetzel 8, Itnyre 10, L. Smith 23, Totals 22 13-25 59.

South 9 20 14 23 - 66

Boonsboro 10 10 12 27 - 59

Three-point goals - South 3 (Mertz 2, Shaffer), Boonsboro 2 (M. Smith, L. Smith). Fouled out - Gutekunst, Miner, Tierney, Wetzel. JV - Boonsboro, 50-42 (SH: Jordan Beard 11. B: Jimmy Griffin 25).

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