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Roberson's drive parks Boonsboro

January 26, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - The only thing South Hagerstown senior Alvin Roberson didn't do for the Rebels boys basketball team Friday night was drive the bus.

Roberson wore down Boonsboro inside, outside, on the glass and on defense, racking up game highs with 20 points, 15 rebounds and six steals to steer the Rebels to a 66-52 victory.

"Ever since I made the comment that he didn't show up three or four weeks ago, he's been playing well," South coach Kevin Naylor said. "The next day after he saw that in the paper, I told him he just needs to let his game come to him, let other people get involved and follow the ball. He's picked his game up, and I can't ask him to do much more."

Roberson scored four points in the first quarter, six in the second and seven in the third, helping the Rebels (6-9) pull away from the Warriors (4-11).

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"We couldn't match up with him," Boonsboro coach John Taylor said. "He hit a couple 3s, and his spin move at the key ... He's tough."

The Warriors opened the game with an 8-2 run, but South answered by closing out the quarter on a 17-2 run for a 19-10 lead. Steve Burnett had five points and Shane Santell added four in the quarter - they both finished with 13 points.

Boonsboro started the second quarter with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to two, but South answered with an 8-3 spurt to push it back to 27-20.

The Warriors cut it to four points early in the third quarter, only to watch the Rebels come up with another answer - a 6-0 run - to make it 43-33. Boonsboro never seriously threatened again.

"The whole thing is we haven't played a consistent 32 minutes," Naylor said. "Our focus is on playing a whole game."

Despite missing its starting frontcourt of Tyler Walsh (sprained ankle) and Shane Zbir (head injury), the Warriors held their own on the glass - South only had a 38-33 edge - and forced 22 Rebels turnovers to their 19. Boonsboro also made 19 of 28 foul shots to South's 7 of 10.

But South made 27 of 61 field goals (44 percent) compared to Boonsboro's 16 of 50 (32 percent). The Rebels also drained five 3-pointers to the Warriors' one.

"They shot the ball well," Taylor said. "We were really pleased with the way we were aggressive. We were concerned about the boards, but we pounded with them. ... It's just some shots didn't drop for us."

Tywan Lee and Corey Shank each had six rebounds and Chris Jackson had five assists and five steals for South.

Shane Lowery led Boonsboro with 15 points, while Adam Chambers had 12 and Nico Wanko added 10.

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