South's frantic rally falls short

December 08, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

HAGERSTOWN -- South Hagerstown's fourth quarter was a dream for every player and coach who wants to win a game.

For the Rebels, however, the fourth quarter followed three quarters in which they dug a mighty hole.

South's dream period nearly erased most of a 23-point deficit Tuesday against Tuscarora, but the Rebels fell just short when Darico Provitt's 3-pointer was off target, giving the Titans a 64-61 win at South.

"(Tuscarora) really wanted the game in the first three quarters and it showed," said South coach Kevin Naylor. "They got good looks, rebounds and second shots."

With a height advantage and plenty of quickness that outmatched South, the Titans (2-0) dominated early and began to turn the game into a route when they went on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 49-26 lead with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter.


Naylor inserted 5-foot-11 senior Darrell Brisco and in the fourth quarter he, along with sophomore Ahmad Fields, gave the Rebels a boost.

"I asked in the huddle who wanted to get out there and play and Darrell said he did," said Naylor. "He gave us a boost and was in there banging for rebounds.

It didn't hurt that Fields took over the game offensively.

He hit a 3-pointer and a pair of deuces in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and the lead was cut to a respectable 51-37 at the 6:07 mark.

After a Tuscarora bucket, the Rebels went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes to get within 53-50 as Andre Pierre and Provitt each hit a pair of baskets.

With 35 seconds remaining and Tuscarora holding steadfast, Fields drained his third 3-pointer to pull South within one, 62-61.

Seth Kraham, who led Tuscarora with 16 points, hit two big free throws with 18 seconds remaining.

Provitt attempted a 3-pointer from the top of the arc, but it was tipped and C.J. Ingram pulled down one of his 15 rebounds. He was fouled and missed the first shot, but the Rebels were unsuccessful at the end.

Fields had 19 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth period. Pierre had 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

"I gave Ahmad the green light in the fourth quarter," said Naylor. "I told him to go play his game. He's still young, but he's capable of finding a mismatch."

Hurt on the boards early, South was outrebounded by Tuscarora, 50-37.

"That was a big part of the game. Rebounding," said Naylor.

A victory would have given South its first 2-0 start since the 2003-04 season.

Tuscarora 64, South Hagerstown 61

Bowers 3-12 4-6 11, Talley 3-14 6-7 14, Craig 3-7 1-2 7, Ingram 5-10 0-1 10, Kraham 7-13 2-4 16, Gyles 2-3 0-1 4, Brennan 1-2 0-0 2, Rollins 0-1 0-0 0, Clayton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 13-21 64.
Jones 3-8 0-0 6, Stubbs 1-6 1-2 3, Hoover 0-1 0-0 0, Provitt 3-11 0-0 6, Pierre 7-12 2-3 16, Fields 8-17 6-11 25, King 1-3 0-0 3, Davis 1-3 0-0 2, Bucher 0-3 0-2 0, Freeman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 9-18 61.
Tuscarora 19 10 22 13 -- 64
S. Hagerstown 10 12 8 31 -- 61

3-point goals--Tuscarora 3 (Bowers, Talley 2), South 4 (Fields 3, King). Rebounds--Tuscarora 51 (Ingram 15), South 37 (Pierre 9). Turnovers--Tuscarora 18, South 14. Fouled out--Tuscarora: Craig, Bowers.
JV--Tuscarora 60-37; SH: (Jordan Dickens 10)

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