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Rebels push back Blazers' late torch

February 09, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The South Hagerstown Rebels got a big scare from the Clear Spring Blazers on Tuesday night.

However, the Rebels responded to the pressure outscoring the Blazers 22-7 during the final 4:29 to come away with a 73-55 win in an MVAL Antietam boys battle.

Clear Spring had cut South Hagerstown's lead down to 51-48 with 5:24 remaining in the fourth quarter. Both teams went scoreless during the next 55 seconds before the Rebels started their run.

"The first thing that we told our guys was to not take Clear Spring lightly," South Hagerstown coach Dennis Seman said. "We weren't worried about their record. We were focusing on two things: Respect Clear Spring and work hard on defense."

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Seman gave quite a bit of credit to his reserves for playing so well.

"When Allen Daniels fouled out with about 6 1/2 minutes left, Zach Bucher and Gerardo Cerda did a good job of filling in for him," Seman said. "Daviel Richardson played his first game in 10 days because he has been sick. If it wasn't for our bench, I don't think we would have won."

Both teams had 19 points from their bench.

Dominique Byrd and Daniels scored 14 points each to lead South Hagerstown (5-12, 5-5). Muzammil Bhutto had 12 points and Richardson added 10 points for the Rebels.

In holding off the Blazers, South Hagerstown scored 30 of its 73 points during the fourth quarter.

"That is the first time that we scored at least 60 points, and we ended up getting 73 points," Seman added. "That is definitely big for our morale. It was also the first time that we scored 30 points in a quarter. I have a lot of respect for Clear Spring. Those guys kept trying hard for the whole game."

Scott Keeney scored a game-high 17 points for Clear Spring (0-18, 0-10). Darrin Jackson chipped in with 14 points.

"That's the way it has been for most of the season," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "We show up to play for two or three quarters and then we disappear. They outscored us 17-6 in the fourth quarter during the last time that we played them. They were able to increase their lead by making their foul shots. Once we got the ball, we couldn't do anything on the offensive end. If we keep hustling, we'll get a win."

Both teams shot well from the free throw line. South Hagerstown converted 20 of 28 while Clear Spring made 18 of 26.

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