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Rebels set tone to beat Warriors' zone

December 13, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Carlton Davis, right, takes the ball to the basketball against Boonsboro's Nathan Hardy in the second half Monday night.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Strange things make South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor happy.

The Rebels have athleticism, speed, quickness and move aggressively to the hoop. And when Boonsboro took the floor on Monday, Naylor got a big smile on his face.

“When they came out in a zone, I was happy,” Naylor said. “We are quick, but we seem to play better against zones than we do against man defense.”

The Rebels were able to do it all against the Warriors with mid-range jumpers and breakaway baskets off turnovers to collect a 78-32 MVAL Antietam victory.

While South was patient in the set offense, the defense kept the game at a pace that was all too quick for the Warriors. The Rebels, who led 19-12 after the first quarter, held Boonsboro to three points in the second quarter and used an 18-0 run to charge to a 44-15 halftime lead.

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“We are able to move the ball around and get into the gaps against zones,” Naylor said. “We feel that we have the quickness and speed to play uptempo. We need a lot of work on our pressure. We need to set better traps.”

On Monday, South’s traps were good enough. After a competitive first quarter, Boonsboro’s offense was pasted to the sidelines like a postage stamp, canceling out any chances to score.

“When we got down 20, we got shell-shocked,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “It’s all a learning process for us.”

The Warriors scored only 20 points — including only five baskets — in the final 24 minutes of play.

“You are not going to beat teams like that playing like that,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “We had 16 turnovers in the first half and 11 of them came in the second quarter. We don’t have a lot of firepower and that makes every possession count.”

South played most of the first half without Andre Pierre, who took a seat with three early fouls. Still Pierre came on to lead the Rebels with 18 points, mostly on strong moves to the basket and cleaning up missed shots.

The Rebels took total control in the second quarter after Justin Jardeleza opened the period with a foul shot that allowed Boonsboro to move within 19-13. South rattled off 18 straight points over a five-minute, 18-second span — led by Devon King, who scored eight of his 14 — to take a 37-13 stranglehold. South led by as many as 47 points in the second half.

Carlton Davis finished with nine points for South, while King pulled down eight rebounds and Pierre added five. Nathan Hardy and Jardeleza led Boonsboro (1-2, 0-1) with seven points each.

“Our quickness is all about trying to make things work and then recognizing what works,” Naylor said. “Boonsboro has come a long way. By the end of the year, they will be much better.”

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