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Railroaders' 2nd half becomes train wreck for Rebels

January 10, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

The Brunswick boys basketball team had the wheels in motion Wednesday night, especially in the second half when the Railroaders rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to steam past South Hagerstown, 59-51.

On every defensive rebound, Brunswick sent two, and at times three, players releasing on the offensive attack, and it worked most effectively in the second half as the Railroaders (4-5) came back from a 29-21 halftime deficit.

"We wanted to be aggressive and release off the boards," said Brunswick coach Dan McLane. "We got ourselves in a lot of 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 situations."

"(Brunswick) went to get the basketball, released and that's what beat us," said South coach Kevin Naylor.

Brunswick's aggressiveness resulted in 30 free-throw attempts compared to South's six. But the Railroaders were only 5 of 15 in the opening half, as South took the lead, fueled by Stevie Burnett.

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Burnett scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the second period, including seven straight that pushed South from a 22-21 lead to its halftime advantage.

"We didn't want (Burnett) to break free in the second half so we showed a little zone," said McLane. "And overall, we did a better job defensively."

South (4-7) was bamboozled by Brunswick as the Railroaders held the Rebels off the scoreboard for the first four minutes of the third period, until Chris Jackson hit a runner for a 31-27 lead.

Brunswick took a 34-31 lead on a 3-pointer by Kyle Foltz, only to see Burnett record back-to-back goals, and the teams headed to the final period tied, 37-37.

However, the final stanza belonged to Brunswick. The Railroaders were 8-of-13 at the foul line for the period, and three field goals by Andrew Simpson gave Brunswick a 51-41 lead with 4:30 to play.

South couldn't find the touch in the second half, hitting only 10 of 33 shots, mostly away from the basket, another reason for the disparity in attempted free throws.

"We just didn't attack the rim," said Naylor. "(Shane) Santell passed up a lot of open shots and (Alvin) Roberson was a no-show. If we attack, we spend time at the line,"

Santell was the only other Rebel in double figures with 11 points. Tywan Lee, off the bench, pulled down eight rebounds.

Simpson was the only Railroader in double figures, hitting for 18. Justin Stone had nine boards for Brunswick.

"We just haven't figured out how to finish off a game yet," said Naylor. "We're doing a good job in the beginning and getting close, but we've got to attack without fear for 32 minutes."

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