Rebels wake up in time to beat Century

December 09, 2010|By CURT HORNBECKER | Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team pressed the snooze button a few more times than coach Kevin Naylor would have preferred.

But the Rebels woke up in plenty of time to dispatch Century 55-41 Wednesday night.

“We just weren’t focused (in the first quarter),” said Naylor. “We tried to get them to understand they needed to pick up the intensity, and it took a while for them to show some signs of life.”

Facing a three-point deficit entering the second period, the Rebels (2-0) ran off 15 of the next 19 points behind the inside play of Darico Provitt, Devon King and Andre Pierre. That trio combined for 10 of the 15 points, and took control of the offensive glass. South took 21 shots from the floor in the second quarter to just eight for the Knights (0-1).

“That was the difference,” said Century coach George Wunder. “They have a lot of length, and it was tough for us to get inside. I think their size just wore us down.”

A 12-foot jumper by King, and a fast-break bucket from Charlie Herring to open the third period gave the Rebels a 36-26 advantage.

Although a three-point play by Chris Weir closed the gap to seven midway through the quarter, a 9-4 run gave South a 47-35 lead entering the final eight minutes.

Provitt dispelled any comeback ideas Century may have had with two quick scores at the start of the final period.

While Naylor was uninspired by his club’s defensive play, Century was unable to score more than nine points in any quarter after the first eight minutes, and the Rebels’ press helped force seven Knights turnovers in the decisive second period.

“We were a little shaky offensively, and defensively we were shaky tonight, too,” said Naylor.

Meanwhile, Wunder was satisfied with his club’s overall effort.

“Our kids didn’t quit,” he said. “They play hard every time they hit the floor. We didn’t do a good job passing the ball. We took too many quick shots. We need to be more disciplined offensively.”

Pierre’s 14 points sparked South, while Provitt and Herring added 10 points each.

Brandon Soderstrom paced the Knights with 13 points, while Dan Verbickis added 11.

Soderstrom 5 2-2 13, Fritsche 2 0-0 4, Verbickis 5 1-2 11, Tan 1 0-0 3, Sweeney 0 1-2 1, Weir 2 1-1 5, Sleight 2 0-0 4, Totals 17 5-7 41.
Davis 1 1-2 3, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Herring 4 0-0 10, Hess 3 0-0 7, Bucher 1 0-0 2, King 3 1-2 7, Pierre 7 0-1 14, Provitt 3 4-7 10, Totals 23 6-12 55.
3-point goals— Century 2 (Soderstrom, Tan). South 3 (Herring 2, Hess). JV—South 42-41 (C: Connor Thomas 13, S: Demetrius Edwards 12).

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