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Rebels' cause a lost one vs. 'Cats

January 14, 2006|By CURT HORNBECKER

WILLIAMSPORT -

Williamsport's boys basketball team allowed South Hagerstown just 40 points on Friday night, taking a lot of pressure off the offense.

But with Tim Alexander and Will Taylor, the Wildcats didn't need much relief.

The Alexander-Taylor duo combined for 33 points, and Williamsport rolled to a 73-40 MVAL Antietam victory to take sole possession of first place by a half game over idle North Hagerstown.

Phillip Jordan's effort stood out defensively, as the Williamsport forward limited the Rebels' leading scorer, Dominique Byrd, to two points - scored on a fast break with 4:10 left in the game and Jordan on the bench.

"The whole team, defensively, did a very good job," said Wildcats coach Scott Mowbray. "Phillip has accepted the role of stopper, and I couldn't be more pleased with his overall game."

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It was Alexander's 16 points that propelled Williamsport to a 24-point halftime lead, with Tyler Beard adding eight points. Alexander and Beard combined to bust South's 2-3 zone from the opening tip, hitting six straight jump shots - including two 3s - as the Wildcats (5-4, 3-0) raced to a 14-2 advantage.

A 15-5 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter pushed the margin to 35-10.

Taylor, Williamsport's dominant presence inside, took control in the second half, pouring in 15 of his 17 points in the final eight minutes. The Wildcats' center scored all but two points in a 14-7 run to start the fourth period.

Meanwhile, South (1-6, 1-2) could get nothing going offensively. Muzammil Bhutto was the only Rebels player in double figures, with 10 points.

"If we could get wins from practice, we'd be undefeated," said South coach Dennis Seman. "If we don't do everything right, we will never win. We just have too many people who work real hard, and don't understand basketball concepts, and I don't know how to teach them. In 13 years, I've never experienced anything like it."

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