'Cats heat up as Rebels cool down

February 12, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Dennis Seman didn't think it would last.

His South Hagerstown boys basketball team trailed by just three points at the half, but that was not terribly comforting to the Rebels' coach.

Seman's suspicion was confirmed early in the second half, when Williamsport burst from the gate with a 12-0 run and never looked back for a 59-46 MVAL Antietam Conference win Friday night.

Seman's concern was prompted by his club's 13-for-20 shooting in the opening 16 minutes.

"We really don't shoot the ball that well," said Seman. "To shoot that well in the first half told me we were going to have a letdown in the second half."


When things went south for South (5-13, 5-6), they went south quickly. It took Williamsport just more than two minutes to expand a 31-28 halftime lead to a 43-28 advantage behind Matt Smith and Phil Jordan.

"We came out a little more aggressive in the second half," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "We made some shots, got some turnovers for easy buckets and just started sailing from there."

But the critical play may have happened prior to the end of the half. With the game tied and 1:41 remaining in the half, Mowbray chose to hold the ball at midcourt and wait for the final shot. David Warrenfeltz made Mowbray look like a genius, draining a 3-pointer at the buzzer to swing the momentum clearly toward the Wildcats.

The Rebels managed to close the gap to 45-36 on four Allen Davis hoops immediately following the Wildcats' run, but could get no closer.

After falling behind 9-2 to start the game, South's Dominique Byrd took it upon himself to keep the Rebels close, scoring 15 of South's 17 points in the period as Williamsport led by just one at the end of the quarter.

Marcellus Sumlin took up some of the slack in the second quarter as South took its only lead of the game at 24-22.

Williamsport went to its slow-down offense throughout the fourth period and scored just five points, but South was unable to close the gap.

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