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Thanks to King, South rules in the end

December 18, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN -- Smithsburg used a trap to get out of a trap, but in the end, was conquered by a King.

Trailing by 16 points early in the fourth quarter, the Leopards went to a half-court trap defense to pull within six with 2:45 remaining. But South Hagerstown freshman Devin King scored six of the game's next eight points to secure a 60-51 MVAL Antietam victory for the Rebels on Friday.

Aaron Dinterman scored six points in a 12-2 Leopards run, as South (3-2, 2-0) turned the ball over five times in that stretch. But King hit a reverse layup, scored on a Darico Provitt assist, and hit another inside to stretch the lead to 56-46. He then stole the ball at Smithsburg's end of the floor, resulting in a bucket by Ahmad Fields.

"We tried to get as much playing time for our younger kids as we could," said South coach Kevin Naylor, "so that down the stretch we can play all out without worrying about the foul situation."

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Thirteen Smithsburg turnovers and 10 offensive rebounds for South dug a hole for the Leopards (0-5, 0-2) in the first half, as the Rebels attempted 39 shots from the floor to just 19 for Smithsburg. The Leopards' first field goal of the game didn't come until the 3:03 mark of the first quarter, as Smithsburg fell behind early, 12-2. South stretched its margin to 13 midway through the second period, and led 35-22 at the intermission.

"We had 13 turnovers and (South had) 10 offensive rebounds in the first half," said Leopards coach Eric Gerber. "If you give a team that many more possessions, it's not good."

"I thought we had the advantage on the boards going into the game," said Naylor, "but we missed a lot of layups and putbacks."

Jack Schwartz and Dylan Ionaro combined to trim the lead to seven to open the third quarter, but the Rebels responded with buckets by Tyree Jones, Jake Bucher and a Fields 3-pointer, and led 44-29 entering the final eight minutes.

"I was really pleased with the entire second half," said Gerber. "We put a scare into them, anyway."

King led South with 15 points, while Fields had 12. Dinterman had 15 points for Smithsburg, while Cullen Ganley had 12 and Schwartz had 10.

South Hagerstown 60, Smithsburg 51
SMITHSBURG (0-5, 0-2)

Ganley 5 0-0 12, Shives 1 0-0 2, Dennis 0 0-2 0, Wiley 0 3-4 3, Dinterman 4 7-8 15, Schwartz 4 1-2 10, Ianaro 2 4-5 9, Totals 15 15-2 51.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (3-2, 2-0)
Davis 2 1-2 5, Freeman 2 0-3 4, Stubbs 1 0-0 2, Fields 4 2-5 12, Brisco 1 0-0 2, Jones 4 0-0 8, Provitt 4 0-0 8, King 7 1-2 15, Bucher 2 0-0 4, Totals 27 4-12 60.
Smithsburg 8 14 7 22 -- 51
South 15 20 9 16 -- 60

3-point goals -- Smithsburg 4 (Ganley 2, Schwartz, Ianaro), South 2 (Fields 2). JV -- South 38-27 (Sm: Robby Hogue 8; SH: Brandon Hess, Cornelius Prather 7 each).

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