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Rebels forego egos to forge win streak

February 02, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

It took just two minutes for the South Hagerstown boys basketball team to get something it hasn't seen often this season - a double-digit lead.

The Rebels raced out to an 11-0 lead and set the tone for the evening as South ran away with a 63-37 victory over Hancock on Wednesday night.

It was the second straight win for the Rebels (3-12), who made 15 of their 19 foul shots.

"We have a lot of athletes with a lot of egos, but not with a whole lot of knowledge of how to win," said South assistant coach Andy Crouse, who filled in for head coach Dennis Seman. "But we stepped back and took our time to curb our collective egos for both the coaches and the players. We just made a commitment to win. We know that we are not going to be able to accomplish our goals without a team effort."

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Senior forward Dominique Byrd poured in a game-high 23 points for the Rebels.

"We came out and we had our minds set on winning the game tonight," Byrd said. "It felt good to have a lead at first. We just kept our mind focused on the game."

Muzammil Bhutto added 12 points, Josh Woods grabbed seven rebounds and Gerardo Cerda had six rebounds for the Rebels.

Dylan Shives had team-high totals of 11 points, seven rebounds and two assists for Hancock (1-14) before leaving the game in the last five minutes with an injured left shoulder.

"We just made too many foolish mistakes," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "We didn't rebound and we gave them too many second chances on offense. We didn't want to get into the hole. But they knocked down a couple of shots in the beginning and that was the ballgame. We just need to get into the gym and work hard."

Byrd had five points in the Rebels' game-opening run. The Panthers cut the lead to 13-6, but never got closer in the game.

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