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Rebels' new coach has tough debut

December 11, 2004|By BOB PARASILITI

South Hagerstown coach Dennis Seman was coaching white, but thinking blue on Friday.

It's the way it might be most of the year for South's first-year coach. He'll be working with his white-clad Rebels while anticipating every other color in the rainbow of how things will be once his team gets the hang of it all.

"The coach of Allegany did a nice job," Seman said after the Campers unloaded a 79-30 decision on the Rebels in his debut. "They played well. My team will play like this team in two or three years."

If Friday was any indication of the learning process ahead, South might be searching for a fast-forward button from time to time this season. Allegany (2-0) used relentless man defense to knock the Rebels off stride and pull away after the first two minutes of the game.

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Donavin Vinson scored on a tip at the 5:45 mark of the first quarter to break a 2-2 tie and sent Allegany on an 18-3 run to close the period with a 20-5 lead. John Pande scored eight straight points on an assortment of moves in the paint to help strengthen Allegany's hold.

The Campers kept rolling in the second quarter, scoring the first 11 points of the period for a 31-5 advantage that South could never overcome.

"Our kids work hard on defense all the time," Allegany coach Tedd Eirich said. "We got some quick kids and some that have some wingspan that can get some tips and get some fastbreaks going."

Allegany's defense kept South without a basket for 8:38 while building the lead. Jordan Beard scored for South to tie the game at 2-2 but the Rebels didn't score another basket until Cordaryl Cook hit an 18-foot jumper with 5:24 left in the half to end Allegany's 21-0 run over two quarters.

It was a prelude to the growing pains South will be suffering for most of the season.

"I'm not making any excuses for how we played, but you have to take into consideration that we only have one senior back who has varsity experience from last season," Seman said. "I'm trying to rebuild this program with athletic kids. I don't want to ever have to say that again. They will get better."

Allegany worked its offense to get the easy baskets against South and frustrated the Rebels on defense into a number of missed shots and airballs as the lead grew.

Vinson led Allegany with 22 points while Pande added 17. Dominique Byrd led South with eight points.

The Campers led 43-13 at the half and 64-19 after three quarters to end any possible late plot twists. Allegany's lead grew to as many as 47 in the fourth quarter when South started mounting a small comeback by running its offensive set more efficiently. It paid off with some easy scores as the Rebels played the Campers even for the last four minutes of the game.

"The attitude was great and the kids listened well," Seman said. "We are going to have to play like a team to replace the 37 points a game David Miner scored last year. We are building for the future. I'm here to be a teacher."

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