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Rebels erase memories of last season's trip to Smithsburg by toppling Leopards

December 18, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Devon King (35) goes high above the pack to corral a rebound during the Rebels' victory over Smithsburg.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — South Hagerstown’s last visit to Smithsburg was a real clunker, a performance the Rebels were not about to re-enact on Friday night.

Last January, a heavily favored South squad went into Smithsburg and left as a shocking 51-35 loser.

On Friday, South churned out a 74-63 MVAL Antietam victory over a vastly improved Smithsburg contingent.

Two of the South players — Devon King and Andre Pierre — were on the floor in both games and each came out to erase a bad memory.

“Andre was one of those guys that remembered last year and really wanted to come out and win this game,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.

King scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the first half as South scored the final 13 points in the second quarter for a 36-29 lead.

Pierre scored 14 of his 17 points in the third quarter that helped the Rebels open up a 57-43 lead late in the third quarter.

But Smithsburg went on a 16-2 run, including a 3-pointer from Jordan Fortson that knotted the score at 59-all with 4:56 remaining.

Pierre drove the baseline for a goal and a 61-59 lead and South finished off the Leopards with four points each from King and Xavier Freeman before Smithsburg broke its drought with 25 seconds remaining on a rebound and putback by Aaron Dinterman.

“We had the stretch before the half ended on offense,” said Naylor, “but we lost the last lead because we lacked a little hustle on the floor and had some players leaving themselves in the wrong positions.”

Credit South’s height advantage and defensive play down the stretch.

King had two of his five blocks that fueled scores in transition and South turned three turnovers into scores.

“We definitely had intensity on defense down the stretch,” said Naylor.

The Rebels’ size also helped on the offensive boards, grabbing 16 missed shots.

“That’s 16 extra possessions, we just gave up too many offensive rebounds,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber, whose team outrebounded 40-28.

The Leopards just didn’t have enough left in the tank down the stretch after having rallied from two double-digit leads after having a 6-point lead.

“We had three bad possessions down the stretch,” said Gerber. “(South) hurt us on the inside, but I’m proud how my guys kept coming back.”

Dinterman led Smithsburg with 13 points and had five rebounds. Dylan Ianaro popped in a double-double with 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

JV: Smithsburg, 62-49 (SH (Devon Redman 17 points); Smithsburg (Cobi King 17)).

S. Hagerstown 74, Smithsburg 63
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (4-0, 2-0)

Davis 3-4 0-3 6, Freeman 4-5 6-8 15, King 13-16 1-3 28, A. Pierre 8-22 1-2 17, Provitt 3-5 0-2 6, Herring 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 1-2 0-0 2, Bucher 0-3 0-1 0, Prather 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 32-61 8-21 74.
SMITHSBURG (1-2, 1-1)
Ganley 2-8 1-2 7, T. Pierre 0-0 7-8 7, Dinterman 5-8 3-3 13, Ianaro 4-13 2-10 11, Fortson 2-8 0-0 6, Willard 0-0 3-4 3, Eyler 2-4 0-0 4, Spickler 1-1 2-2 4, Hogue 0-2 2-2 2, Wynne 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 18-47 20-29 63.
S. Hagerstown    17    19    21    17    —    74
Smithsburg    14    15    19    15    —    63

3-point goals—South 2 (Freeman, King), Smithsburg 6 (Ganley, Ianaro, Fortson 2, Wynne 2). Turnovers—South 19, Smithsburg 18. Rebounds—South 40 (King 11), Smithsburg 28 (Ianaro 10). Assists—South 13 (Herring 4), Smithsburg 13 (T. Pierre 5). Steals—South 12 (Davis 5), Smithsburg 8 (Ianaro 2, Dinterman 2). Fouled out—Herring, Dinterman. Technical fouls—South bench.

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