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Wildcats remain unscathed

January 04, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Williamsport's Connor Arnone, left, and South's Andre Pierre chase a loose ball in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Williamsport laid the foundation to victory in the first quarter, put the walls up in the second quarter and then spent the second half nailing down the roof.

In front of a rambunctious full house, the Wildcats moved to their eighth straight win, a decisive 66-49 outcome over previously unbeaten South Hagerstown on Tuesday night in a key MVAL Antietam boys basketball tussle.


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Brandon McCauley scored 17 points, Xavier Green had 16 and Stephen Christy had 15 to lead Williamsport (8-0, 4-0), as the three seniors came up big, especially Green as he netted a career high.

“We get energy from him,” said coach Scott Mowbray. “He was definitely the ‘X’ factor for us tonight.”

Williamsport scored the first 11 points of the game, but South clawed back to within 16-10 early in the second quarter before Green became an integral part of the outcome.

After a deuce with 6 minutes to play in the half, Green took handle of the rock on back-to-back possessions and, left unguarded, hit successive 3-point goals that gave the Wildcats a 24-10 lead with 4:34 left in the quarter.

“I had a feeling we’d win. It was just a good, hard game,” said Green. “Defense was a key, and we hit the boards.”

Williamsport’s largest advantage was 43-22 early in the third quarter.

A 7-0 South run was interrupted by McCauley, who hit a three-quarter-court 3-pointer as the buzzer ended the third period.

The Rebels (7-1, 3-1) knocked the deficit to 49-39 to start the fourth, but Williamsport answered with an 8-0 run, with six points coming from the foul line.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first quarter, but we played great defense,” said Mowbray.

After going 5 of 12 in the opening period, Williamsport hit 22 of 44 for 50 percent for the game, including a combined 13 of 16 from Green and McCauley.

South never got untracked.

“Our offense didn’t run, our defense didn’t execute and Williamsport was a lot better than I thought they were,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.

Andre Pierre had a double-double for South with 13 points and 11 rebounds, but it was a frustrating evening for the Rebels senior.

“We worked four days on boxing out and taking (Pierre) out and away,” said Mowbray.

The Rebels shot only 33 percent on 18 of 54 from the field and were 10 of 19 from the foul line, compared to Williamsport’s 19 of 25.

“(Williamsport) made it tough on Andre,” said Naylor, “and whenever we did get some momentum, we had fouls called on us.”

JV: Williamsport 60-48 (W: Sterling Christy 20; SH: Teon Maisser 16).

Williamsport 66, South Hagerstown 49
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (7-1)

Davis 0-2 1-4 1, Freeman 1-5 1-2 3, Pierre 6-16 1-2 13, King 3-7 3-5 9, Provitt 4-13 0-0 10, Herring 1-5 0-0 2, Bucher 0-0 1-2 1, Hess 1-2 0-0 2, Wiley 2-3 3-4 8, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-54 10-19 49.
WILLIAMSPORT (8-0)
Green 6-6 2-3 16, Arnone 1-5 3-4 6, Wise 3-6 0-0 6, Christy 3-11 9-11 15, McCauley 7-10 2-5 17, Aleshire 1-3 0-0 2, Butts 1-2 2-2 4, Gazora 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-44 19-25 66.
South    6    11    17    15    —    49
Williamsport    13    20    16    17    —    66

3-point goals — South 3 (Provitt 2, Wiley), Williamsport 3 (Green 2, McCauley). Rebounds — South 27 (Pierre 11), Williamsport 33 (Wise 8). Turnovers — South 21, Williamsport 19. Fouled out — Wise. Technical fouls — South bench 2, Pierre.

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