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Allegany tops South in overtime

December 27, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

For the second game in a row, South Hagerstown waited until the fourth quarter to get its offense in gear.

The Rebels rallied from a 13-point deficit at the outset of the fourth quarter Friday to forge a 54-54 tie before losing to Allegany 62-60 in overtime in the opening game of the Two-Town Showdown at North Hagerstown High School.

In the nightcap, North nearly led wire-to-wire as the Hubs fashioned a 72-45 victory over Fort Hill.

The mixer concludes tonight at 5:30 when South Hagerstown plays Fort Hill, followed by North and Allegany.

On Tuesday night, South (3-3) scored the final 22 points of the game in a victory over North.

On Friday, a 24-11 margin in the fourth period extended the game, but Allegany managed to stave off the Rebels in a wild finish.

"I don't know what it's been with the slow starts," said South coach Kevin Naylor. "We have to grind away. I thought we had the game in (regulation)."

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Down 43-30 entering the fourth quarter, South fought back behind Antoine Malone's 10 points. His rebound off a missed Allegany shot set up Shane Santell's jumper with five seconds remaining to give South a 54-52 lead.

Allegany got the ball to midcourt and called a timeout with 2.1 seconds remaining.

Off the inbounds play, Allegany's Casey Roberts worked for a 3-point jumper from the left side of the paint and was fouled at the buzzer.

Roberts, facing the basket without anyone around him, calmly made the first two shots for the tie before the third shot hit the front of the rim, bounced to the back of the iron and off.

"I didn't see the foul," said Naylor. "That was a tough call to make because the shot was bad as it was."

South took the lead 56-54 in overtime on Bryson Bryant's only bucket of the game, but became unglued a bit when Nick Stubbs was whistled for a foul on Roberts, then was hit with a technical foul.

Roberts made three of the four free throws and the Campers also scored on the ensuing possession to extend their lead to 60-56.

With 1.9 seconds left, Roberts hit 1 of 2 from the line that gave Allegany a 62-60 lead. South inched the ball upcourt, calling a pair of timeouts in the process.

Finally, on a sideout play to the left, Santell worked off a screen had a good look on a 3-point effort that just fell short.

"We got back into the game because of our defense and we stopped (Roberts) in the fourth quarter," Naylor said, "and Antoine worked for the ball and we got him the ball."

Roberts had 15 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter for the Campers (4-0). He is averaging 26 points per game.

Malone had 21 points and seven rebounds for South and Santell had 18.

ยท North was a little sluggish at the outset of its game against Fort Hill, but began to capitalize in the 'points off turnover' category midway through the first quarter.

Down 7-6, North scored 11 points off Fort Hill turnovers to take a 22-11 lead the first eight minutes.

The Hubs got some distance when Mike Rivas hit two jumpers and Allen Sandberg added one in succession for the 11-point lead.

Sandberg came out firing to start the second quarter with a pair of 3-pointers that gave North a 28-13 lead.

North did not relent in the third period as Sandberg hit two more 3-pointers and Brent Bell scored seven points as coach Kevin Hartman played his entire bench.

For Sandberg, it was his first time over the 20-point mark as he led the Hubs with 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers.

"Coach said to shoot and my teammates were setting me some good screens," said Sandberg.

Bell added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Hubs, who shot 53 percent on 29 of 55 shooting from the floor, including 6 of 12 3-point efforts.

"I was concerned how the kids would come back after the South game," said Hartman. "We've needed a balance in our offense. We worked on spacing and distributing the basketball. Tonight was much better. And (Allen) let the game come to him tonight."

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