South can't hold off Cadets

February 03, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

FREDERICK, Md. - Quite frankly, South Hagerstown's boys basketball team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Tuesday night.

The Rebels played smart, team basketball and built a 15-point lead, only to go in the opposite direction while desperately trying to hold on before succumbing to Frederick 83-80 in what became an MVAL Piedmont Conference double-overtime classic.

"We lost the game and I'm disappointed how we lost it," said South coach Kevin Naylor after his team whittled away its big lead.

The Rebels (8-7, 2-3) were within 4:31 of notching their fifth straight win with a 60-53 lead when Frederick's E.J. Logan hit a 3-pointer to put some fire in the Cadets' steps.


South still led 63-61 with 46 seconds remaining until Frederick's Pernell Rider scored on a putback to tie it at 63-all. The score remained at the end of regulation after South failed on three potential game-winners.

"You know, we're up 15 points and I think we thought the game was safe," said Naylor. "Then we quit running our sets, just quit running the offense."

Frederick appeared set to win in the first overtime on a pair of free throws by Donald Dawson for a 73-70 lead with 8.6 seconds remaining, but South answered with Nick Stubbs' 3-pointer from the far right corner with one second remaining to give the Rebels another four-minute life.

The Rebels took a 77-75 lead on two of four free throws but failed to build on it as a tired Rico Provitt missed two layups.

Dawson took over and South couldn't keep him out of the paint. Dawson scored Frederick's last eight points - six at the foul line. The last two came with 2.6 seconds remaining after Stubbs hit a bucket to make it 81-80.

"We missed free throws, had a lot of stupid turnovers down the stretch and we just need to learn how to win a big game," said Naylor.

South made 13 of 27 from the line, missing all but two in the fourth quarter and both overtime periods.

South clicked early on the way to a 39-27 halftime lead as Provitt, in his most extensive playing time this year, scored 14 points and Shane Santell had eight as the Rebels hit combinations of shots from long distance and drives inside.

Provitt, recently called up to the varsity, drilled four 3-pointers, ran the floor and took charges on defense.

"You saw a stretch of what we can do as a team," said Naylor.

The Rebels held off a Frederick charge in the third quarter before Provitt knocked down two buckets.

Provitt had a career-high 23 points for the Rebels while Antoine Malone had a huge double-double with 18 points and 21 rebounds along with five steals and four assists.

Dawson, picking up the scoring slack for Frederick's Monny James - who is currently ineligible - finished a behemoth performance with 36 points.

Frederick 83, S. Hagerstown 80

Santell 8, Malone 18, Bucher 0, Chase 3, Shank 4, Provitt 23, Stubbs 9, Jones 3, Baymon 2, Pierre 9, Bucher 2. Totals 29 13-25 80.
FREDERICK (10-5, 4-1)
Pernell 8, Dawson 36, Whiten 4, Logan 13, Bowie 6, Alford 9, Ingram 7. Totals 30 21-28 83.
South 21 18 15 9 12 5 - 80
Frederick 16 11 20 16 12 8 - 83

3-point goals - South 9 (Stubbs 2, Provitt 5, Pierre 2); Frederick 2 (Logan, Bowie). JV - Frederick 69-47 (SH: Davonte Hoke 9, F: Deonte Taylor 17).

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