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Davis' shooting sparks Rebels

January 28, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — All C.J. Davis needs to do to know his role is take a look at a defense.

If it’s man-to-man, the South Hagerstown point guard is a sidekick. If he sees a zone, he’s a gunslinger.

For a brief moment, Davis came out with his guns a’blazin’ by hitting two key 3-pointers which helped the Rebels get some breathing room on Clear Spring on Friday and set the path for a 61-38 MVAL Antietam victory.

With Clear Spring packed in a zone defense, Davis hit a 3 with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter to give South a 9-6 lead. He followed it up with a 3 to open the second quarter to give the Rebels a 12-6 advantage, and they never looked back.

“I just know when they are in a zone, I have to shoot them out of it,” Davis said. “I saw them staying back and the shot was open. Then we were able to force them to come up and it opened up some passing lanes.”

In essence, all the Rebels (12-1, 8-1) needed was to get an advantage to have an advantage. Clear Spring tried to take away South’s inside game, and did it for most of the first quarter, but the outside shooting opened things up.

“I’m not one for moral victories, but I thought we played really well,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill said. “We controlled the tempo early and hung around. Our effort was fantastic ... but somewhere we have to start hitting shots.”

South began to pull away after Davis’ second 3. The Blazers (7-7, 4-6) got within six at 20-14 after Ryan Aaron’s short bank shot with 2:15 remaining in the first half.

The Rebels responded with an 18-1 run that bridged into the second half, holding Clear Spring without a basket for 5:23 to take a 38-15 lead with 4:00 remaining in the third quarter. Andre Pierre scored five points and Michael Wiley added four to key the flurry.

“Basically, they were in a zone and we wanted them out,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “When the inside game is being taken away, Davis and Wiley can hit the shots. The guards were the key to that run and then they opened it up for the guys on the inside.”

South’s defense had a huge say in Clear Spring’s success the rest of the night.

The Blazers struggled to find the range on their shots as the Rebels seemed to cast a large shadow. Despite a slower game — more to Clear Spring’s liking — the Blazers hit just 15 of 51 shots (29 percent) and turned the ball over 22 times.

“We had trouble with their length,” Grabill said. “We stuck in the zone, but after that run, we had to come out of it and play man. We had a couple of turnovers and they got an 11-1 run at the end of the first half. Then we can’t control the tempo anymore.”

Wiley finished with 15 points, including two more 3s to add emphasis on the South run, while Pierre finished with 13 in his return from a two-game disciplinary suspension. Aaron led Clear Spring with 13.

JV: South Hagerstown, 57-51, 2OT (SH: Devin Redman 18; CS: Tyler Wallings 18).

South Hagerstown 61, Clear Spring 38
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (12-1, 8-1)

Davis 3 0-0 8, Freeman 0 2-2 2, Dickens 2 0-0 4, Hess 1 0-2 2, Wiley 5 3-6 15, Bucher 0 2-2 2, King 4 1-1 9, Pierre 5 3-5 13, Provitt 3 1-2 7. Totals 24 9-14 61.
CLEAR SPRING (7-7, 4-6)
Hill 3 3-6 9, Weaver 1 0-0 2, Miller 1 0-0 2, Elwood 3 3-4 9, Sensenbaugh 1 0-0 2, Shilling 0 1-2 1, Aaron 6 1-1 13. Totals 15 8-13 38.
South    9    22    14    16    —    61
Clear Spring    6    9    10    13    —    38

3-point goals — South 4 (Davis 2, Wiley 2).

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