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Rebels, Gaels, Hubs stir up mixer victories

December 29, 2010|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown and St. Maria Goretti only went as far as the “A” in their basketball dictionaries to produce convincing victories on Wednesday in the second day of the Hubs Holiday Classic.

For the Rebels, it was a case of getting the ball to Andre Pierre early and often. The Gaels turned to athleticism and smart defense.

Pierre scored 30 points with power moves around the basket to help South hang a 66-53 victory on Middletown. Goretti got down to basics with defensive fundamentals and athletic moves to roll to a 78-45 win over Smithsburg.

North Hagerstown came back to stop South River 74-71 in the nightcap and Loudoun County (Va.) scored a 58-43 victory over Brunswick in Wednesday’s opener.

South Hagerstown 66, Middletown 53

South rode the back of its three big men to rule the paint and turn back the Knights.

Deron King and Darico Provitt combined for 26 points to go with Pierre’s 30 as the Rebels’ Big Three combined for 56 of South’s 66 points.

It was all set up by Pierre, who either scored when he got the ball under the basket or made sure someone else did.

“Andre is an animal down there,” South coach Kevin Naylor said. “He has a good day no matter who is covering him. He has a nose for the ball and knows what to do when he gets it.”

The Rebels (7-0) made it look easy early as Middletown had problems finding the range. South jumped out to a 13-0 lead and owned an 18-4 advantage as the Knights didn’t score a field goal in the opening quarter.

Meanwhile, South was able to tip balls, grab rebounds and turn them into rushes to the basket for easy scores. Pierre scored four of the first 13 and seven total in the first quarter, while King added eight in the quarter.

Middletown grabbed some smelling salts at the break between quarters — with Chris Pirrone scoring the Knights’ first basket at 7:53 of the second quarter — and played the Rebels even to trail 29-15 at the half.

The Knights tried to turn the tables with swarming defense in the third quarter and started the second half with a 16-10 run to crawl within 39-31 with 2:55 left in the period. Middletown found a flow and used a pair of Zach Fontenot 3s to get back into the game.

But South took the middle of the floor back with Pierre and regained control to pull away.

“They are big and long and we had trouble with their quickness,” said Middletown coach Aaron White. “If we hit a few shots early, it might have made a difference.

“But the effort was there. We kind of got tired. It’s tough to come back and you need everything to go your way. We got back, but then they made a couple of breakaways and got it back to 12 points and it was over.”

South got the lead back to 48-37 and extended it to as many as 20 in the fourth quarter, with Pierre scoring nine to help bolster the lead and secure the win.

Fontenot led Middletown (2-5) with 14 points, while Ethan Winn added 11. King finished with 16 and Provitt added 10 for the Rebels.

“Our defense has been a little shaky,” Naylor said. “We were letting them get down the middle of the lane and no one was stepping out and challenging them. It gives us a lot to work on for next year.”

Goretti 78, Smithsburg 45

St. Maria Goretti learned a lesson from Tuesday’s comeback win over Brunswick to set the tone for Wednesday’s dismantling of Smithsburg.

“We gave up 63 points yesterday and that’s not what we should be doing defensively,” said Goretti coach Amrit Rayfield. “We just wanted them to be solid and not gamble.”

The Gaels (6-7) were solid but they didn’t have to gamble. Smithsburg allowed Goretti to pick its pocket at will.

Goretti forced turnovers and got its big men up the floor for easy baskets to open up an early 11-4 lead and never looked back. The Gaels held the Leopards to just 14 points in the first 16 minutes and led by 20 at the half.

“We used our size, length and athleticism,” Rayfield said. “We were patient offensively and didn’t try to do things on our own. We got a lot of clean looks.”

Smithsburg (3-4) tried to make another patented third-quarter comeback, but the Gaels cut the Leopards off at the pass.

“Give credit to Goretti,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “But when we don’t come out and play, we are not a good basketball team. We had trouble with them the first time we played. I hope we learned something from tonight.”

The Gaels put the game totally out of reach with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter for a 63-30 lead.

Dylan Leazier led Goretti with 21 points, but the scoring of Juwaan Wilson — who finished with 17 — and the floor play of Tyrus Fleetwood opened the court for the Gaels.

Aaron Dinterman had 15 for Smithsburg, while Dylan Ianaro added 11.

“We are starting to come together,” Rayfield said. “We have some new guys and we knew it would take some time, but I hope the experience of this tournament is going to help us.”

North Hagerstown 74, South River 71

D.D. Dickson scored 26 points — 14 in the fourth quarter — and dished out five assists to lead North Hagerstown over South River, breaking a three-game skid for the Hubs.

The Hubs (4-3) led 38-29 at the half but were ambushed by South River to fall behind 51-48 by the end of the third quarter. North held the lead until South River converted three straight turnovers into points.

North made up the difference at the foul line in the fourth quarter. The Hubs took 21 shots from the line, hitting 18 in the final eight minutes, to squeeze back into the lead. The Hubs hit a season-high 30-of-40 from the foul line.

South River (3-6) still had a chance to pull the game out, but Kyle Dunn, who led the Seahawks with 20 points, missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer which would have sent the game to overtime.

Jake Bachtell had 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Hubs. Max Psillas had four assists and four steals, and Trey Jessie added six rebounds and three blocks.

South Hagerstown 66, Middletown 53
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (7-0)

Davis 0 1-2 1, Freeman 1 1-2 4, Wiley 2 0-0 5, King 8 0-0 16, Pierre 14 2-4 30, Provitt 5 0-1 10. Totals 30 4-9 66.
MIDDLETOWN (2-5)
Pirrone 2 4-6 8, Fontenot 5 2-2 14, Winn 4 3-4 11, Kisner 2 1-1 6, Van Werkhoven 1 2-2 4, Pritts 0 2-2 2, Mills 2 0-0 4, Bartlett 1 0-0 2, Aziz 1 0-0 2. 18 14-17 53.
South    18    11    19    18    —    66
Middletown    4    11    22    16    —    53

3-point goals — South Hagertown 2 (Freeman, Wiley), Middletown 3 (Fontenot 2, Kisner).

St. Maria Goretti 78, Smithsburg 56
SMITHSBURG (3-4)

Ganley 1 0-0 2, Hardy 0 1-2 1, Spickler 1 0-2 3, Pierre 0 3-4 3, Fortson 1 1-3 3, Hague 2 1-2 5, Dinterman 5 5-5 15, Ianaro 5 0-1 11, Eyler 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 13-21 45.
ST. MARIA GORETTI (6-7)
Wilson  7 2-4 17, Eich 2 1-3 5, Fleetwood 4 4-4 12, Zoretich 1 0-2 2, Leazier 7 4-5 21, Blake 1 1-1 3, Zanfack 0 0-0 0, King 5 0-0 10, Tekeda 4 0-0 8. Totals 31 12-19 78.
Smithsburg    8    6    12    19    —    45
Goretti    15    19    13    31    —    78

3-point goals — Smithsburg 2 (Spickler, Ianaro), Goretti 4 (Leazier 3, Wilson). Fouled out — Zanfack. Technical Fouls — Fleetwood, Eyler, Willard.

North Hagerstown 74, South River 71
SOUTH RIVER

Cox 5-8 0-0 14, Kneisley 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 3-10 1-2 8, Nelson 4-4 0-0 8, Holian 6-10 1-3 13, Bell 1-2 2-2 4, Dinkins 1-4 2-2 4, Dunn 7-14 5-8 20. Totals 27-54 11-17 71.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (4-3)
Dickson 6-14 13-15 26, Psillas 0-1 3-5 3, Bully 2-3 1-2 5, Schoeck 0-2 0-0 0, Colvin 3-6 2-2 9, Railing 0-3 3-4 3, Yacyk 2-2 1-2 5, Bachtell 6-9 3-4 15, Jessie 1-7 6-6 8. Totals 20-47 30-40 74.
South River       12    17    22    20    —    71
North     22    16    10    26    —    74

3-point goals—North 2 (Dickson, Colvin); South River 6 (Cox 4, Dunn, Smith). Rebounds—North 28 (Bachtell, Jessie 6) South River 33 (Holian 8). Assists—North 12 (Dickson 5) South River 14 (Cox 4) Steals—North 13 (Psillas 4) South River 12 (Dunn 4), Turnovers—North 18, South River 17. Fouled Out—Colvin, Cox.

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