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Santell saves South

December 18, 2007|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Will the real South Hagerstown boys basketball team please stand up?

Kevin Naylor is hoping to see more of the team that bolted to an early 17-point lead, and less of the team that let it slip away.

He's also hoping to see more of the Shane Santell who scored 10 points in a 13-2 run that sparked the Rebels to a 75-68 win over Hancock on Monday night.

With South (2-2) trailing 59-55, the diminutive South guard corralled an offensive rebound, scored the bucket and completed a three-point play to begin the rally.

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"When I hit that bucket," said Santell, "the crowd started getting into it, and I started getting into it, too."

Josh Unger followed with two free throws at the other end, but four Panthers turnovers resulted in 10 unanswered South points - seven from Santell - for a 68-61 Rebels lead with 1:49 left.

"Unfortunately, those turnovers in the fourth quarter were unforced," said Panthers coach Ron Hose. "Those were just poor decisions."

Hancock (2-3) was also plagued by turnovers early in the game, resulting in South's 32-15 lead with 3:09 left in the half. But 12 unanswered Panthers points closed the gap to 32-27 at halftime.

A 12-2 run midway through the third period - Steven Burnett had eight of those points - pushed South's lead back to 16 points before Steven Beaver sparked an 11-0 run to pull the Panthers within three entering the fourth quarter.

Hancock claimed its first lead of the game with 4:54 left on an 8-footer from Unger.

After South's Alvin Roberson, who finished with 12 points, fouled out, the Panthers extended the lead to 59-55 on a pair of Jacob Foreman free throws before Santell took over.

"We led most of the way in our game against Williamsport, but we didn't finish," Naylor said. "Tonight, we let it slip away, but we finished it. I'm really proud of the guys."

Chris Jackson contributed 11 points for South, while Matt McCoy chipped in with 13 points for Hancock.

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