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Team North rides final wave of momentum

March 18, 2006|By TIM KOELBLE

It was a fun game, neither team worried too much about play execution, 3-point attempts rang out and in the end Team North took control and posted a 90-74 victory over Team South in the inaugural High Rock Roundball Classic on Friday night at North Hagerstown High School.

"Lots of fun sitting and watching this game," said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber, head coach of the North outfit. "The players had fun. ... It certainly wasn't a coaches' game."

Team South, behind 10 first-half points from South Hagerstown's Dominique Byrd, held a 32-27 lead before Team North charged back for a 37-35 halftime advantage on closing baskets by St. Maria Goretti's Andrew Chambers and Smithsburg's Tyler King.

Momentum swayed back and forth in the second half, with Team North opening a 57-50 lead before Byrd went on a rampage, hitting Team South's next 12 points and cutting the gap to 63-62. After a pair of free throws by King, Williamsport's Tim Alexander gave Team South a 66-65 lead on a conventional three-point play.

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That was the last lead for Team South. Team North's Tyrell Wilson had three fine assists that led to two baskets by Chambers and one from Smithsburg's Andrew Bentley for an 80-72 lead with 2:10 remaining.

Long-range bombs were fired from all angles. Team North was 7 of 27 and Team South was 9 of 39 from behind the arc. All told, Team North was 34 of 92 and Team South 28 of 84.

Chambers scored 13 points for Team North, leading a balanced attack that included 12 from Bentley and 10 from North Hagerstown's Jarell Rodriguez. King and Smithsburg's Robby Hall each had eight as 12 North players scored.

"We turned it on late in the second half," said Chambers, who also had seven rebounds. "It was fun. ... You know these guys, but playing at Goretti, you don't get to play against a lot of them during the season."

Byrd, who lost out to King in the slam dunk contest, said he was a little more focused on the game.

"We all just wanted to come out and have fun," said Byrd, who scored 27 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in gaining most valuable player honors. "I actually have fun watching Duke and J.J. (Redick) and wanted to come out and shoot like him."

Alexander added 14 points for Team South as 11 players reached the scoring column.

In the slam dunk contest, King's two successful dunks in the final round received scores of 46 and 44 and that was enough to beat Byrd, who had scores of 29 and 45.

"I just wanted to get some points and not get too fancy," said King of his dunks, the second of which came on a leap from about 8 feet in front of the rim. "It was the first time ever in a dunk contest. ... It was fun."

In the finals of the 3-point shootout, Smithsburg's Andrew Bohan nudged out his teammate Robby Hall, 6-5.

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