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South scares away tired Clear Spring

December 21, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — It took little time for a fresh South Hagerstown team to beat down a tired opponent.

The Rebels caught Clear Spring on the rebound of Monday’s three-overtime affair against Hancock and went down easy street to an 83-43 MVAL Antietam victory Tuesday.

“With the game (Clear Spring) had on Monday, I can imagine it would be hard to come back right away,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.

The Blazers carved out an 80-72 win over Hancock, but on Tuesday coach Ryan Grabill said it was a different story.

“There aren’t any excuses for tonight. You still have to come to play and we were scared right away,” said Grabill. “That is more disappointing to me than the loss.”

It was over early.

With 5:45 left in the first quarter Andre Pierre had scored his fourth bucket already and the South (5-0, 2-0) lead was 11-0. It was 17-0 before Nick Hill scored for Clear Spring with 2:49 left.

Each Rebels goal was off an assist along the baseline as Clear Spring (3-2, 1-2) left passing lanes wide open.

Pierre, playing just hours after learning his grandfather had passed away, had 10 points in the opening quarter and then took a seat on the bench along with the rest of the starters.

Naylor had a prime opportunity to take a serious look at his bench, and he saw Brandon Hess contribute eight points in the second quarter as the Rebels finished the half with a 46-16 lead.

The starters were yanked late in the first period and did not return until starting the second half.

“We had a chance to look at other people in game situations,” said Naylor. “The reserves ran the offense pretty well most of the time.”

All 11 players who saw action for South scored at least two points each.

Pierre hit 8 of 11 from the floor and ended with 18 points to lead South, while Darico Provitt had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

One player making the most of his chance was Hess, who ended with 17 points, making all seven of his shots.

“Hess did a wonderful job and could find himself in the rotation, and (Jordan) Bucher did a real good job defensively,” said Naylor.

The ease of shot selection for South also reflected in the final numbers, showing the Rebels hitting 34 of 52 for 65 percent.

Ryan Aaron led Clear Spring with 14 points.

“South is a nice, quality squad,” said Grabill. “We just have to get ready to play next week in the holiday tournament.”

JV: South, 54-37 (SH: Steven King 8, Demetrius Edwards 8; CS: Tyler Long 14).

South Hagerstown 83, Clear Spring 43
CLEAR SPRING (3-2, 1-2)
Elwood 0-0 0-0 0, Schilling 2-5 0-0 5, Cornwell 0-1 2-2 2, Sensenbaugh 1-2 3-4 5, Aaron 4-14 5-6 14, Habel 1-7 0-0 2, Weaver 3-7 2-4 8, Miller 2-2 0-0 4, Mellott 0-1 0-0 0, Hill 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 14-42 13-18 43.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (5-0, 3-0)
Davis 3-4 2-2 8, Freeman 3-4 0-0 7, Pierre 8-11 2-5 18, Provitt 4-8 0-0 8, King 2-5 0-0 4, Herring 1-2 3-4 5, Hess 7-7 2-4 17, Wiley 1-2 0-0 3, Bucher 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 2-4 1-2 5, Dickens 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 34-52 12-18 83.
Clear Spring    4    12    8    19    —    43
South    25    21    20    17    —    83

3-point goals—Clear Spring 2 (Schilling, Aaron); South Hagerstown 3 (Davis, Freeman, Hess). Turnovers—Clear Spring 21, South Hagerstown 14. Rebounds—Clear Spring 16 (Miller 4); South Hagerstown 32 (Provitt 10).

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