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No lead becomes too big for Rebels to keep

February 12, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Maybe, just maybe, the best thing for the South Hagerstown boys basketball team is to play close to the vest for 32 minutes.

On Tuesday, the Rebels built a 16-point lead before losing to North.

South followed by building a 17-point lead against Thomas Johnson on Saturday. No one could have envisioned the same final scenario.

But it happened. South coughed one up, this time in a 55-46 setback to Thomas Johnson.

Rebels coach Kevin Naylor was utterly confused by the outcome.

“I’m scratching my brains,” he said. “It’s frustrating to have leads like this and not to protect them.”

With 4:12 left in the first half, South (14-3) held a 33-16 advantage. Simple math shows Thomas Johnson (7-13) outscored the Rebels 39-13 the remainder of the game.

The Patriots did it with 3-pointers and at the line, dialing up 10 treys and hitting 12 of 18 at the free throw line, compared to 4 of 7 for South.

South still led 39-38 after three quarters but was losing momentum as TJ scored the last five points of the period.

Connor Joos and Jacob Park opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3s to give the Patriots a 44-39 lead and South couldn’t retaliate.

After a goal by South’s Rico Provitt, the Patriots’ Kyle Carpenter hit two of his four 3-pointers to give TJ a seven-point lead with a minute remaining.

“Same thing,” said Naylor. “We got off to a good start, were patient and then started taking bad shots and we didn’t rebound in the second half.”

South bolted to a 19-11 lead after one period as Provitt and Andre Pierre each scored six points.

Even after South had a 6-0 run to take the 33-16 lead, the Rebels went scoreless the remainder of the second quarter, allowing TJ to begin slicing into the deficit to move within 33-24 at halftime.

For the third straight game, Provitt led the Rebels with 17 points, hitting 8 of 18 from the floor. He also had a team-high 11 rebounds.

“Suddenly, no one except Rico is playing well,” said Naylor.

Pierre, averaging 16 points a game, was blanked through the last three quarters.

The Rebels shot only 32 percent from the floor, slightly less than TJ’s 33 percent on 17 of 51.

Carpenter led TJ with 17 points and Joos had 14.

Thomas Johnson 55, South Hagerstown 46
THOMAS JOHNSON (7-13)

Carpenter 6-14 1-2 17, McLister 0 0-0 0, Park 2-3 2-2 7, Joos 5-11 1-2 14, Stafford 1-7 2-4 4, Smith 0-6 5-6 5, Price 1-2 0-0 2, Konare 1-4 0-0 2, Skovrak 1-2 1-2 4, Dowdy 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-51 12-18 55.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (14-3)
Davis 3-7 0-0 8, Pierre 2-9 2-4 6, King 3-9 0-0 6, Provitt 8-18 0-0 17, Herring 0-2 0-0 0, Hess 2-5 2-3 7, Wiley 1-5 0-0 2, Bucher 0-1 0-0 0, Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0, Dickens 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 4-7 46.
TJ    11    13    14    17    —    55
South    19    14    6    7    —    46

3-point goals—TJ 9 (Carpenter 4, Park, Joos 3, Skovrak), South 4 (Provitt, Davis 2, Hess). Rebounds—TJ 41 (Stafford 10), South 36 (Provitt 11). Turnovers—TJ 17, South 12.

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