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Dixon sticks it to Rebels

January 09, 2009|By Bob Parasiliti

There is no "I" in team.

At South Hagerstown, the Rebels boys basketball team has figured out there is a "me" in there and, if it takes over, "team" quickly turns into "meat."

Anyway you spell it, it came up as a loss for the Rebels. South's winter of discontent continued on Friday as Walkersville used its disciplined, patterned offense and the inside play of Jordan Dixon to score a 61-56 MVAL Piedmont victory.

"That's the whole thing," said South coach Kevin Naylor. "They were more structured and we got one guy who wants to go out and start shooting. We have some discipline problems and until we get that straightened out, things are going to keep looking like this."

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The Rebels (4-5, 1-2) showed the high point of their game at the start of each half. From there, it became a slippery slope that they could never find traction on.

South ran out to a 10-3 lead to start the game, but faded as the Lions' team play created opportunities for easy scores. Walkersville started out by pounding it inside to Dixon, who scored a game-high 30 points, and worked the rest of the offense off his success.

"(Dixon) is a football player who is a good basketball player," said Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman. "He's 6-foot-4 and doesn't jump well, but he's physical and gets beat up in there. He can step out and hit the 3 and he shoots foul shots well. He's a good player."

South has had more than enough of Dixon, who was the catalyst in three losses for the Rebels last season.

"Call me when that big guy graduates," Naylor yelled to Zimmerman. "He always kills us."

Walkersville used a 15-3 run to end the first quarter with an 18-13 lead as Dixon scored five in the run.

South began to come apart as it found few open opportunities and began to force shots. Walkersville couldn't find the knockout punch as the Rebels hung around, trailing 29-24 at the half, despite 13 by Dixon.

"We have to find an answer for that (inside play)," Naylor said. "We are going to start doing that tomorrow."

South scored the first three points of the second half on a Cory Shank foul shot and a drive by Shane Santell to cut the deficit to 29-27. But Walkersville countered with an 8-0 run to re-establish a comfortable lead.

"When we come out of the timeout, they play well because they know what we want them to do," Naylor said. "But once they go out and start playing, they turn the game around to the way they want to play. I could keep calling timeout, but I would run out of them quickly."

Walkersville led by as much as 12 (43-31) on two Dixon foul shots to open fourth quarter. The Rebels turned up the pressure in an effort to get back into the game.

They nearly did it. The final six minutes of the game sounded like a Chesapeake Bay dockyard as whistles and horns kept blowing with an array of turnovers and fouls to slow down the pace. The final six minutes featured just six baskets, offset by 32 foul shots.

Walkersville won the battle of final foul shots, 14-9, to ice the game.

Scott Morris backed Dixon with 14 points. Shantell led South with 20 points, including three 3s, and seven rebounds, while Jason Chase had 16 points and four assists.

"Our guys don't know how to take the game seriously," Naylor said. "They think they are better than we are."

Walkersville 61, S. Hagerstown 56
WALKERSVILLE (5-2, 1-0)

Musselman 8, Meyer 0, Zimmerman 3, Harris 4, Morris 14, Dixon 30, Chitekue 2. Totals 17 23-32 61
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (4-5, 1-2)

Santell 20, Shanks 3, Stubbs 3, Chase 16, Morel 1, Bucher 7, Pierre 2, Bryant 4. Totals 17 18-28 56
Walkersville 18 11 12 20 -- 61
S. Hagerstown 13 11 7 25 -- 56

3-point goals -- Walkersville 4 (Dixon 2, Zimmerman, Morris), South Hagerstown 4 (Santell 3, Stubbs). Fouled out -- Smith, Morris, Stubbs, Bucher, Chase. JV -- Walkersville, 46-31.

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