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Rebels outlast Warriors

January 24, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor is careful when deciding the minutes for sophomore Andre Pierre.

The 5-foot-10 Rebels forward was much less cautious when he got into the game against Boonsboro on Friday night.

Pierre scored nine points, made a steal and came up with a crucial offensive rebound, all late in the fourth quarter to help South send the game to overtime. From there, the more experienced players took control to help the Rebels pull away for a 69-58 victory.

"(Pierre) is a sophomore and I'm trying to get him ready for next year," Naylor said. "I try to play him as much as I can but with the physical way that Boonsboro crashes the boards, I didn't want to just put him out there."

It turned out that Pierre could handle it. He made all three of his field-goal attempts -- all in the paint -- and went to the floor to control an offensive rebound while being fouled.

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He stood right back up and drained a pair of free throws to give South a 55-52 lead with 58 seconds left.

"I just went in there and did what I had to do. I went out there and worked hard," said Pierre, who matched a season-high point total. "(Boonsboro) plays so rough that you have to play hard or you're not going to do anything."

So it's no coincidence that South was able to do lots of things in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Rebels outrebounded Boonsboro 16-5 in those periods, helping them outscore the Warriors 37-19 to end the game.

Tyree Jones had eight points and eight rebounds after halftime to finish with 10 points and 13 boards -- seven on the offensive end and five in overtime. Antoine Malone added 12 rebounds for the Rebels.

"The whole thing with South is keeping them off the glass," said Boonsboro coach John Taylor. "Our main thing was to do that and just run our sets, but they just had too many second opportunities. But we thought we had the momentum going into overtime."

With good reason.

Matt Schottman answered Pierre's big sequence by draining a 3-pointer from the left wing to knot the game at 55-55 with 50 seconds left. It was a stalemate for the rest of regulation after Jones' putback rolled off the rim at the buzzer.

In overtime South (7-6) stayed with its pressure defense that worked in the fourth quarter, it contested every Boonsboro shot -- the Warriors (2-12) made just 1 of 8 field goals in the extra period -- and the Rebels made good on their foul shots, going 8-for-9 in overtime and 15-for-17 for the game.

Shane Santell and Corey Shank each had 10 points, while Jason Chase added nine for the Rebels, who had nine players in the scoring column.

"We try to make the team understand that having a lot of people in the scoring column is a good thing. It helps the team," Naylor said. "We're not going to be a team with one scorer."

Shane Zbir had 18 points and eight rebounds and Tyler Walsh added nine points and 12 boards for Boonsboro. Schottman drained four 3s and finished with 14 points.

South Hagerstown 69, Boonsboro 58
BOONSBORO (2-12)

Lowery 9, Poffenberger 4, Scottman 14, Walsh 9, Welch 4, Zbir 18. Totals 22 9-16 58.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (7-6)
Bryant 6, Chase 9, Hoover 3, Jones 10, Malone 6, Pierre 9, Santell 10, Shank 10, Stubbs 6. Totals 26 15-17 69.
Boonsboro 12 7 20 16 3 -- 58
S. Hagerstown 7 14 11 23 14 -- 69

3-point goals -- Boonsboro 5 (Scottman 4, Welch); South 2 (Hoover, Santell). Fouled out -- Poffenberger. JV -- South, 46-24 (B: Luis Alvarez 8; SH: Ahmad Fields 10).

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