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Behind Taylor's dominance, Wildcats hold off Rebels

January 13, 2007|by JACK HilL III / Staff Correspondent

Williamsport's boys basketball team survived a fourth-quarter rally by South Hagerstown to escape with a 63-57 victory on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam game.

Will Taylor, a 6-foot-5 senior center, collected 25 points and 16 rebounds on the inside for Williamsport (7-2, 3-0).

"Thank God for Will Taylor," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "Will was just a beast in the second half. It was his normal night out. He hits the boards well on both ends."

Taylor scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

"I just do what I have to do," Taylor said. "I play my role. I just try to help the team win any way that I can without hurting the team. We have a good coach in Scott Mowbray."

South coach Dennis Seman was impressed with Taylor's effort.

"Will Taylor is awesome," Seman said. "He is a man among boys."

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Chad Bikle scored 15 points, while Sean Dixon added 13 points and five rebounds for Williamsport.

Steven Burnett scored 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for South. Alvin Roberson added 14 points, while Sequan Baker had 10.

The Wildcats took their biggest lead at 49-35 on a basket by Taylor with 7:27 remaining.

The Rebels (1-8, 1-2) showed no signs of giving up, as they chopped Williamsport's lead all the way down to 61-57 after a 3-pointer by Chris Jackson with 34 seconds left.

"The only thing that we worried about all night was how many times that we could play an up-tempo game," Seman said. "We were trying to create chaos, so we can make turnovers. We executed our game plan perfectly."

But South would not get any closer. Bikle sank a pair of free throws with 22 seconds left to give Williamsport the final margin of victory.

"On the defensive end, there were too many missed assignments," Mowbray said. "We gave them wide-open free looks and they knocked them down. We have got to learn to slow down when we need to slow down. We can't go at 100 mph all the time."

One bright spot for the Wildcats was their perfermance from the foul line. Williamsport went 15-for-20.

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