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Rebels get win, Hubs fall

December 28, 2008|By Jack Hill III

The seventh annual Two-Town Showdown was split for the first time ever, as the Hagerstown and Cumberland teams won two games each during the two-day mixer.

On Saturday, the South Hagerstown Rebels beat the Fort Hill Sentinels 70-49 and the Allegany Campers edged the North Hagerstown Hubs 64-58 at North Hagerstown High School.

On Friday, the Hubs topped the Sentinels and the Campers squeaked past the Rebels in overtime.

Hagerstown won the first two years of the Two-Town Showdown before Cumberland won the next four.

In Saturday's opener, South Hagerstown (4-3) put together another strong fourth quarter as it outscored Fort Hill (1-4) 23-10.

Sophomore reserve forward Devonte Morel scored 11 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter for the Rebels. Morel also got eight rebounds.

"It seems like the fourth quarter is always our quarter," South coach Kevin Naylor said. "We do a good job in transition. We put the ball in the hands of the right people who go in for the layups. We never play well in the beginning part of the game. We're still struggling and we have to work on some things. We played well enough to win."

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Senior forward Antoine Malone had eight points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks for the Rebels.

"We were down in the first half," Malone said. "But in the second half, we came back out and we worked as a team. We got back up. In the second half, we started running more and that is our game. We did well in transition. We just need to improve our defense a lot more."

Tyree Jones, Andre Pierre and Jake Bucher each grabbed six rebounds for the Rebels.

Lateryl White tallied 15 points, Jordan Helmick had 11 and Devin Lee had 10 for the Sentinels.

In the second game, the Hubs and Campers were tied at 45 after three quarters. Allegany (5-0) outscored North Hagerstown (5-3) 19-13 in the fourth.

Jordan Grady had 18 points and Casey Roberts added 17 for the Campers.

"North Hagerstown is very similar to South Hagerstown," Allegany coach Tedd Eirich said. "They are very athletic and they are very quick. It is good competition in this tournament. It is a tremendous job when you can come down here to Hagerstown and get two wins. We handled the pressure better tonight. We were able to take care of the ball."

Brent Bell had 18 points and six rebounds, and Allen Sandberg fired in 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers for the Hubs. D.D. Dickson added 15 points and Tyler Spencer had five assists.

"Allegany is a good club," North coach Kevin Hartman said. "I was proud of our guys for playing through to the end. We gave it everything that we had. We just didn't seem to get the lead and put any distance between us and them. We struggled a little bit with the defensive rebounding. That gave them some second chances."

South Hagerstown 70, Fort Hill 49
FORT HILL (1-4)

Younker 3, Lease 4, Helmick 11, Lee 10, White 15, Walker 4, Howser 2.
Totals 20 5-14 49.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (4-3)
Santell 7, Hoover 4, Malone 8, Chase 8, Jones 7, Pierre 9, Morel 19, Bucher 8. Totals 31 7-16 70.
Fort Hill 20 8 11 10 -- 49
South 17 10 20 23 -- 70

3-point goals -- Fort Hill 4 (White 3, Walker). South Hagerstown 1 (Morel).

Allegany 64, North Hagerstown 58
ALLEGANY (5-0)

Wharton 7, Ellsworth 8, Boor 6, Smith 8, Roberts 17, Grady 18. Totals 25 11-18 64.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (5-3)
Sandberg 17, Dickson 15, Nelson 6, Rivas 2, Bell 18. Totals 23 5-6 58.
Allegany 17 16 12 19 -- 64
North 11 21 13 13 -- 58

3-point goals -- Allegany 3 (Wharton, Smith 2). North Hagerstown 7 (Sandberg 5, Dickson, Bell).
All-Tournament Team: Antoine Malone (South Hagerstown); Jordan Helmick (Fort Hill); Allen Sandberg (North Hagerstown); Jordan Grady and Casey Roberts (Allegany).

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