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Rebels wrap big effort to present coach a birthday present

South boys defeat Hancock for second time

South boys defeat Hancock for second time

January 24, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

HANCOCK - South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor received the perfect birthday gift Wednesday night - a victory.

The Rebels (5-9) raced to leads of 21-6 and 37-20 in the first two quarters and defeated Hancock (6-8) for the second time this season, 71-59.

Senior guard Steve Burnett scored 27 points, including three 3-point baskets, and teammates Alvin Roberson and Shane Santell added 17 and 13 points.

South jumped to a 21-6 first-period advantage and never looked back.

Naylor and his counterpart, Hancock coach Ron Hose, echoed similar remarks following the fast-paced contest.

"We're trying to focus on playing 32 minutes of basketball. We play well here and there, but we have to get more consistent," Naylor said as he accepted congratulations on birthday No. 51.

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In the opposing locker room, Hose said much the same thing.

"We've been playing in spurts all year. This was almost a carbon copy of the first time we played South," he said. "We were down by 17 points (the first time) and actually led in the second half. Tonight, we showed no intensity in the first half and found ourselves trailing at halftime. To their credit, the team did play hard in the second half."

Roberson set the tone for the evening with a dunk off a steal in the first minute of the game. Burnett added seven points in the next five minutes to help South gain a 15-point first-quarter lead.

Trailing 37-20 at the intermission, Hancock came out with renewed intensity in the third quarter and trimmed the deficit to 50-37 with 2:24 remaining before South took over again.

"I used a lot of players tonight, tried different combinations," Naylor said of the South effort. "We are starting the second half of play. It's a new season. I feel comfortable with the top seven players, but we need some more help off the bench. We hope to have more depth before the end of the season."

Hancock had three players in double figures on Wednesday. Steven Beaver led with 20 points, while B.J. Weller had 16 points and Josh Unger finished with 10 points.

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