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South gets off its seat

Catoctin gets beat

January 30, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER/Staff Correspondent

The South Hagerstown boys basketball team issued its version of a bench warrant Tuesday night against Catoctin.

The South bench saw extended action and scored 42 points to help the Rebels roll to an 87-66 victory.

Junior reserve Cory Shank made the most of his opportunity with 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

"Honestly, I play better coming off the bench. I'm more hungry, I guess," Shank said. "I just try to go out, grab boards, and do whatever it takes to help out the team."

Shank was a starter early in the season before missing action because of illness. But his reserve role has been just as important, which the 6-foot-4 forward proved Tuesday night.

"He just plays a lot stronger coming off the bench. He's accepted that responsibility," said South coach Kevin Naylor. "I told the guys at the beginning of the second half I was going to make a conscious effort of getting guys in the game to see what we have. From what I saw, it let me know that I have a couple of guys that can step up and give us more minutes."

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Thomas Conner stepped in and hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 12 points, while Bryce Bryant scored all six of his points in the fourth quarter. The Rebels reached their season scoring average (54.6 points) with 4:05 left in the third quarter and posted a season-high point total.

"We played together as a team and passed the ball," Shank said. "It's good that we have guys that came off the bench and most everyone played."

Eleven players scored for the Rebels (7-9), led by starting guard Shane Santell's 20 points. Alvin Roberson and Steve Burnett, also starters, each picked up their fourth fouls in the third quarter and saw fewer minutes.

"I liked the way we executed on offense, especially without playing our starters the whole game," Naylor said.

"When you put up 87 points with three of your big dogs in and out, that's all right," Naylor said.

Roberson still finished with 12 points, Chris Jackson had five assists and Tywan Lee had four blocks. Santell scored 15 of his points in the first half as South connected on 19 of 38 shots to take a 49-35 lead at the break. The Rebels' lead never dipped below 12 points in the second half as the reserves trickled into the game without missing a beat.

The Catoctin bench was much less relevant as Graham Ewing was the only reserve to score and finished with nine points. Matty Thompson led the Cougars (3-12) with 18 points, Trey Thompson had 15 and Justin Albright and Adam Cordell each scored 11.

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