Initially, Alex Silva had a little trouble remembering the old axiom: "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins games."
But the South Hagerstown junior guard had no trouble at all on the basketball court Tuesday night, scoring 21 points and finishing with a triple-double, as the Rebels trounced Hancock 54-29 for their second win of the season after snapping a 55-game losing streak last week.
And Silva was right. South's pesky defense forced 34 Hancock turnovers and limited the Panthers (2-7) to just 38 field-goal attempts for the game, of which only seven found the bottom of the net. When Hancock managed to gather a rebound, a South player usually was there to challenge it.
"That's the type of intensity I would like our kids to play with," said Panthers coach Rocky Wills. "There are a lot of things about this sport you can coach, but I'm not sure that's one of them."