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Century's man enough to end South's season

February 27, 2005|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

Just when South Hagerstown's boys basketball team was starting to zone in on how to score against zone defenses, Century's stingy man-to-man setup sent the Rebels to the sidelines until next season.

South struggled to get good shots for much of Saturday's Class 2A West first round playoff game against Century's physical defensive pressure, falling 56-42 to the Knights.

"This is the first team in the last three weeks that played us with a tight man-to-man," Rebels coach Dennis Seman said. "Most teams have been playing a zone against us, so we haven't had enough practice against (a man-to-man defense) to know how to be successful against it."

The loss spoils what could have been a third South Hagerstown-North Hagerstown matchup in the region quarterfinals. The Rebels (5-18) lost by only two points to the Hubs on Wednesday, but two snow days - and the loss of valuable practice time - put a halt to any momentum South may have had.

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Allen Daniels scored two inside baskets to give South a 4-3 lead 2 1/2 minutes in. That was the only lead the Rebels would hold all night.

Century's first nine points came via 3-pointers by Ryan Dantoni (11 points), Bennett Foelber (19 points) and Travis Dandy (nine points) as the Knights (9-14) held a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. A 12-4 run in the second quarter gave Century a double-digit lead, and its defense held the Rebels to 6-for-22 shooting (27 percent) in the half.

The Knights' lead ballooned to as much as 16 points on three occasions in the third quarter, and the Rebels never got closer than nine points in the second half.

Century expertly ran the clock down in with two possessions which totaled more than two minutes midway through the fourth quarter before South was forced to foul. The Knights made 9 of 12 foul shots in the final four minutes.

"It is hard (to come back) when a team doesn't have to score and passes the ball as well as they do," Seman said. "It's hard to get stops. We dug ourselves a hole early and it's hard to overcome that."

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