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Rebels' defense suffocates Leopards

January 25, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor thought his offense would be the crust of his team early in the season.

Lately, however, it’s his defense that has become torture for opposing teams to attack.

The latest victim was Smithsburg, which went through eight minutes of consternation Monday night in an 83-51 MVAL Antietam loss to South.

South (11-1, 7-1) blanketed Smithsburg (6-8, 4-5) with a matchup zone defense and the Leopards had a dickens of a time making anything work. Things got out of hand early as the Rebels were ahead 18-0 after one period.

“I can’t put into print a description of what I thought about the first quarter,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber.  “It’s on me. I didn’t have them ready to play. We did a poor job offensively.”

It was a good job defensively with the quick hands of guards C.J. Davis, Xavier Freeman and Charles Herring becoming nightmarish weapons for the Rebels, who allow only 48 points per game.

Devon King hit two quick jumpers early for a 9-0 lead and, after Smithsburg’s Aaron Dinterman missed two free throws, the Rebels closed out the quarter with nine more points, five by Herring.

“I thought tonight was our best defensive effort all year,” said Naylor. “We ran some of this defense last year and seems easier to transition into a man defense. I certainly didn’t expect (Smithsburg) to not score in the quarter.”

The no-doubt outcome pretty much became formal late in the first half with South leading 30-13.

With four points from Devon King and five from Michael Wiley, the Rebels closed out the half on an 11-0 run.

“Every night we just want to get better on defense, and offensively we’re starting to get a better understanding,” said Naylor.

The Rebels put 83 points on the board without Washington County scoring leader Andre Pierre, disciplined for a second straight game.

The scoring was picked up by King, who led with 17 points. Rico Provitt added 16 points and Wiley, off the bench, had 12 points.

“It’s not new that we’ve played without Andre before,” said Naylor. “You try not to build around one man. We know Rico and Devon can be threats.”

Dinterman finished with 15 points — 10 coming in the fourth quarter — along with seven rebounds. Dylan Ianaro added 11 for the Leopards.

Smithsburg missed the services of guard Tyson Pierre, out with an ankle injury.

“He handled the ball 90 percent of the time and knows the offense,” said Gerber, “but I don’t know of any one player that is 40 points’ difference.”

JV: South, 48-42 (SH: Devon Rodman 16; Sm: Austin Ryan 10).

South Hagerstown 83, Smithsburg 51
SMITHSBURG (6-8, 4-5)

Ganley 3-9 0-3 6, Spickler 2-2 0-0 4, Dinterman 4-7 7-10 15, Ianaro 4-8 2-2 11, Fortson 0-5 0-0 0, Hardy, 2-4 3-3 7, Wynne 2-3 1-2 5, Gibson 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 18-43 14-21 51.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (11-1, 7-1)
Davis 2-5 0-0 4, Freeman 2-4 1-2 5, Provitt 6-8 4-8 16, King 8-12 0-0 17, Herring 3-3 0-0 7, Prather 1-5 0-0 2, Hess 4-8 0-0 9, Dickens 1-2 0-0 3, Wiley 4-6 0-0 10, Bucher 1-4 1-2 3, Johnson 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 35-64 6-12 83.
Smithsburg    0    14    16    21    —    51
S. Hagerstown    18    23    19    17    —    83

3-point goals—Smithsburg 1 (Wynne); South Hagerstown 7 (King, Hess, Dickens, Wiley 2, Johnson, Herring). Rebounds—Smithsburg 24 (Dinterman 7), South Hagerstown 36 (Prather 8). Turnovers—Smithsburg 20, South Hagerstown 12.

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