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Rebels win battle of offensive attrition

December 13, 2008|By Tim Koelble

BOONSBORO - Friday's boys basketball contest boiled down to: Whichever team missed fewer free throws would win.

South Hagerstown missed "only" 16 - Boonsboro missed 22. Guess who won?

The Rebels picked up their first win of the young season with a slightly more impressive showing at the line to defeat Boonsboro 50-47, sending the Warriors to their third straight loss to begin the year.

It was Boonsboro's "Nightmare on Line Street."

The Warriors hit just 14 of 36 foul shots Friday and in three games have gone 23-for-63, a paltry 37 percent.

South was a little better, going 13-for-29, including several clutch makes down the stretch to ice the game.

"The free throws have killed us all year," said Boonsboro coach John Taylor. "We were physical and our effort was there tonight."

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South senior Jason Chase had the best luck of anyone as he hit 6 of 9 in the fourth period, including five in the last 59 seconds that kept the Rebels in front, holding a 50-45 lead with 16.7 seconds remaining.

"We got just enough (made free throws) and that was all," said South coach Kevin Naylor.

Boonsboro still had a chance to tie. Shane Lowery hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left to cut the lead to three.

South's Donald Blanks missed at the line and Boonsboro's Shane Zbir rebounded. With no timeouts remaining, the Warriors got the ball up the floor and spotted Matt Scottman, who missed an open 3-point shot at the buzzer.

"We were just horrible on defense," said Naylor, who used several lineups looking for a cohesive unit. "Our bench is deep offensively, but we've got to play defense."

The Rebels had 11 players score and all 14 on the roster played, led by Chase's 13 points. However, the Rebels' shooting percentage from the floor was a mere 27 percent (17-for-63).

Devonte Morel tied for team-high rebounding honors with Antoine Malone with seven as the Rebels won the battle on the boards, 51-40.

"We just need to come out and take one game at a time and get that first one," said Taylor. "We've improved each of the three games, but there's been a lid on the goal each game."

Seth Poffenberger led Boonsboro with 11 points despite hitting just 4 of 10 at the line. Zbir, who was 3-for-8, added nine points and pulled down 14 rebounds with an aggressive effort at both ends of the floor.

Boonsboro hit 16 of 50 shots for 32 percent.

The teams' combined shooting from the field and the line was 60-for-178 - 33.1 percent.

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