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South picture looking brighter

February 14, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - It was just one month ago that the South Hagerstown boys basketball team reached what was arguably the low point of the season.

Now, Monday night probably ranks among the high points.

The Rebels rallied from a 14-point deficit to snatch a 63-62 victory from Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam contest.

South (7-13, 5-8) has now won six of its last seven games.

Behind three Alvin Roberson buckets, South reeled off 10 unanswered points early in the fourth quarter - and held the Warriors (8-12, 4-8) scoreless for over four minutes - before Dominique Byrd drained a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to ice the win.

Mike DeBarge's 3 with three seconds remaining closed the margin of victory to one point.

After an embarrassing 73-40 loss to Williamsport last month, South coach Dennis Seaman said, "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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Things have obviously changed.

"We had a heart-to-heart talk and, as a team, decided we had to stick together or we wouldn't get through this," said Seaman, celebrating his 100th career win. "They always knew they weren't that bad a team and I always knew I wasn't that bad a coach."

South raced out to a 10-0 advantage and led 14-6 before Boonsboro's pesky pressure defense began forcing turnovers and creating easy buckets. It became a 28-6 Warriors run for a 34-20 lead with 1:11 left in the half.

Jeremiah Mills and Brad Rohrer sparked the run, combining for 15 of the 28 points, as every Boonsboro player scored at least two points in the game.

South used a pair of Ben Cafarelli 3s to highlight a 10-0 run to close the gap to 34-30 before Mills hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

After watching Boonsboro take advantage of its triangle-and-two defense, South went to a zone that seemed to take the Warriors out of their rhythm.

"I felt like we should have had better ball movement and I thought we put up some shots too quick," said Warriors coach Sam Connelly. "That really played into South's hands. We have to be more patient."

Boonsboro also played into the Rebels' hands by committing six fourth-quarter turnovers and allowing numerous second-chance points in the final eight minutes.

"(The Rebels) are much improved from the last time we played them," said Connelly, "but shot selection, turnovers and rebounding - all three - did us in tonight."

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