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Roberson leads Rebels in OT

February 20, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

North Hagerstown junior Brent Bell was the best player on South Hagerstown's court in the first half of Tuesday night's city showdown.

Fortunately for the Rebels, senior Alvin Roberson saved his best for last.

Bell finished with 27 points and nine rebounds - he scored 17 in the first half - but Roberson scored 10 of his 20 points in overtime and added 18 rebounds as South recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to post a 67-60 victory and split the season series with North.

"I just wanted to win," Roberson said. "We just had to stay focused and keep going at it."

"I can't say enough about Alvin. He plays 110 (percent) all the time out there," said Rebels coach Kevin Naylor.

"He's been averaging well over 12 rebounds lately. He's picked his game up and he's the man for us. Everyone feeds off of him," Naylor said.

Roberson made three field goals and 4 of 6 free throws in overtime. None of his field goals was bigger than the one he put off the glass and in with 53 seconds left after stealing the ball from North after the Hubs (5-15, 1-7 MVAL Piedmont) grabbed a defensive rebound. The basket gave South (8-12, 1-7) a 62-58 lead.

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The Rebels made 7 of 11 foul shots in overtime compared to North's 2 of 3. The Hubs made just 2 of 9 shots in overtime.

Bell's strong first half helped North take a 36-25 lead at the break. The Hubs made 11 of 21 shots in the first half - Bell made five of them and sank 7 of 8 free throws as he asserted himself inside.

"You could see he was hot," Hubs coach Kevin Hartman said. "We could see it was working when we went inside-out. When he was hot, we kept getting him the ball. We rode him as long as we could."

South opened the second half with an 8-0 run - with Shane Santell making three baskets - to cut the lead to 36-33. The Rebels kept it close from there, finally tying the game at 47 when Santell made a 3-pointer from the left corner to cap a 7-0 run with 4:57 left in regulation.

Santell finished with 19 points - 14 coming in the second half - for South.

"He had a couple games where he had just two points, and he was getting down on his game," Naylor said. "I told him shooters have slumps and he has to shoot through it."

Santell's two free throws gave South a 54-52 lead with 2:23 to play, and they proved to be the final points until the buzzer to end regulation, when North's Joe Mattei got an offensive rebound and made a turnaround 12-footer in the lane right before the horn sounded to tie the game.

"Mattei was heads-up," Hartman said. "I saw him glance at the clock, and then he got it up. The kids scrapped the whole time."

Mattei finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Hubs. Anthony Lee added seven assists.

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