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Titans do a two-step past South

December 16, 2004|by BILL STERNER/Staff Correspondent

One may be the loneliest number, but to the South Hagerstown boys basketball team, most of its trouble in the Rebels' game against Tuscarora came too by two.

Too many missed offensive opportunities.

Too many chances under the offensive boards for a bigger Titans team.

And too many twos by a pair of hard-playing Tuscarora forwards in Malcolm Kattes and Danny Reed.

Tuscarora used a 10-0 run to open the second quarter and start to pull away, as the Titans took advantage of their superior height and pinpoint perimeter shooting for a 73-38 pounding of South Wednesday evening.

Kattes and Reed towered over the Rebels' frontcourt, each scoring 15 points to pace Tuscarora, but it was a pair of 3-pointers during the 10-0 run by Titans guard A.J. Gardner that started South down the road to its second straight loss.

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For Tuscarora coach Dan Wagner, the key to the game rode on his defense.

"Defense is the key to our team," Wagner said. "We pride ourselves on it and I have always felt it is what helps make a team a team."

The Titans have rallied around their defense to start the season 3-0, even though three starters have missed time due to injury.

"Every time we get someone back, someone else seems to go down," Wagner said. "Right now we just got Malcolm back from a dislocated nose."

Tuscarora's defensive effort was sterling on this night, holding the Rebels to single digits in each of the first three quarters.

"We use our defense to develop work ethic and the team concept," Wagner said. "South played well in the fourth quarter and worked us through to the end."

That is exactly what Rebels coach Dennis Seman looks for.

"We got better, really." Seman said. "We were in the game in the first quarter and we played even in the fourth quarter."

Although Seman sees much room for improvement with his team - such as making a better effort defending the 3-point shot and making the high-percentage shot on offense - he is quick to point out how far the Rebels have come in a short period.

"These first six games will be a learning experience for us," Seman said. "I know we will get better because this team will not quit and our coaching staff will not quit on them.

"I believe in these kids. They are going to believe in themselves."

Allen Daniels led South (0-2) with 14 points, while Dominique Byrd had nine.

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