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Three quarters, half a century

Miner breaks South Hagerstown record with 50 points against Boonsboro

Miner breaks South Hagerstown record with 50 points against Boonsboro

January 07, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

It's amazing what an afternoon pizza feast and one-hour nap can do.

Today, Boonsboro is wishing South Hagerstown's David Miner was still in a long, deep sleep over a full stomach.

Miner hit his first shot of the night, a 3-pointer, that set the stage for a school-record 50 points, which also becomes the new South gym standard.

Oh, by the way, the Rebels used Miner's half-century production to fell Boonsboro 98-40 in their MVAL Antietam Conference opener.

The sleek senior hounded Boonsboro with a triple-double in three quarters of play, scoring 16 points in the first period, 20 in the second and another 14 in the third period to stake the Rebels (6-2, 1-0) to an 85-30 lead, paving the way for bench rest.

The mark eclipses the previous school standard of 47 points set by Scott Kidd on Jan. 22, 1988, in an 81-71 loss to Fort Hill. It also bests the gym record of 48 points, held by South Carroll's Gene Dotson.

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"We've played since fourth grade together in junior ball on up," senior center Jesse Gutekunst said. "We ate pizza and he took a nap at David Lynn's house before the game. It's the best I've ever seen him."

Miner was as tenacious as ever defensively with 10 steals and he mixed it up under the boards with 14 rebounds, most of which led to 34 2-point attempts (he made 18). Miner was 3 of 9 from 3-point range, but he was a subpar 5 of 12 at the line.

"I was worried about getting a win tonight after the Martinsburg loss," Miner said. "I felt loose before the game and it came to me. Hitting the first shot made me relax."

Boonsboro (2-7, 0-1) made the first four minutes interesting when Kyle Davis and Corey Shea hit back-to-back goals for a 9-9 tie with 4:22 remaining.

Miner knocked down another 3, Gene Johnson hit a deuce and Miner added two on a monster slam off a steal for a 16-9 margin and the rout was on.

South led 31-14 after the first quarter and 61-24 at the half.

"I could feel it coming," South coach Bob Starkey said of Miner's performance. "David deserves it .. he plays so hard. I hate to beat a team like this, but my team is my first obligation."

By halftime Miner had 36 points on 14 of 25 shooting and the only question remaining was his final point tally.

He broke Kidd's record with 42 seconds left in the third period with a bucket and then scored again off a steal with 20 seconds remaining to hit a half-century.

"I didn't have any idea of what I had until coach told me when he took us out," Miner said. "I just go out and play as hard as I can. The points and records feel good, but we have to focus on the rest of the season. It sets the tone for the league and hopefully puts some fear into everyone."

The Rebels turned the ball over only three times through three periods and controlled the glass, 37-20 with Gutekunst ripping down 13 to go along with 14 points. Gene Johnson knocked down 13 points and had seven rebounds.

"We had three really good practices this week," Starkey said. "I sensed we might have a good one tonight."

Brad Wetzel was Boonsboro's leading scorer with 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

First-year Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly waxed philosophic.

"I didn't expect this tonight," he said. "We weren't ready to play. It was 9-9 and then they get the steal, then a dunk, and I think that took the wind out of us.

"We are what we are right now," Connelly said. "South is no doubt a very good team and they play extremely hard, but we can't afford to make mistakes (24 turnovers). We're working hard and just have to rebuild some confidence."

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