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Miner scores 50 again, closes in on record

February 11, 2004|by JACK HILL III

CLEAR SPRING - David Miner tied his own school and county record with 50 points Tuesday to help South Hagerstown run past Clear Spring 91-63 in an MVAL Antietam game.

Miner has 1,472 points in his high school career, leaving him just 14 points behind Scott Kidd's school record of 1,486 points.

"It wasn't just me," Miner said. "It was my teammates looking for me to drive. We got some easy layups on some fast breaks. We got some good looks. I just kept hitting shots."

Miner also had 11 rebounds and four steals, but it was his scoring that had Rebels coach Bob Starkey grinning.

"I have seen him play a lot better, but it was a tremendous score," Starkey said. "He is the motor."

South Hagerstown (14-2, 8-0) showed that it had other weapons in its arsenal besides Miner. Six-foot-8 center Jesse Gutekunst and Gene Johnson each grabbed 15 rebounds. Gutekunst also had nine blocked shots, five assists and four steals. Johnson added 11 points and five blocked shots.

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"I think that it was an outstanding win, because, without a doubt, this is the best Clear Spring team that I have ever seen," Starkey added. "I thought that the difference in the game was that we crushed them on the boards. I thought that Jesse Gutekunst did a real good job on the boards with defense and rebounding. He just took away their interior game."

Alex Tyler had 24 points and seven rebounds, Brandon Yost had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Cody Beard had seven assists for Clear Spring (12-4, 4-4).

"South Hagerstown is the best team in the area," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "I thought that we held our own in the first half, even though we were down by 12 points. I thought that our intensity was there in the second half, but we got boxed out on the rebounds. On the offensive end, they had so many putbacks."

Charlie Johnson had 10 points for the Rebels.

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