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Rebels turn tables on 'Cats

February 14, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Andre Pierre lets out a victory yell after the Rebels knocked off Williamsport on Monday in a key MVAL Antietam matchup.
By RIC DUGAN, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — After turning sizeable leads into a pair of recent losses, South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team showed a little character by turning the tables on Monday night.

The Rebels stormed back from a 14-point deficit early in the third quarter to hand Williamsport a 48-45 defeat in front of a full house at South, turning the MVAL Antietam Conference into a two-team co-championship.

South raised its Antietam mark to 11-2 for a tie with North Hagerstown, while Williamsport finished conference play 12-2. South and North meet Feb. 23, with the winner sharing the title with the Wildcats.

“I told these guys to don’t pack it in, just go out and fight and do what you can do,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “When you get punched two times, you go and put your hands up and fight.”

Early on it appeared Williamsport (18-2) had the fight won, just as it did on Jan. 4 in a 66-49 win over the Rebels.

South used the one-two tandem of Devon King and Andre Pierre in the scoring column. King led with 20 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor, while Pierre added 13.

“We told Andre to go back to being the old Andre, battling for the basketball underneath with rebounds,” said Naylor. “And we told Devon not to go AWOL on us. He stepped it up and we wanted to get him the ball. He can be as good as anyone in the area.”

Williamsport broke away from a 15-all tie after the first quarter to take a 26-23 halftime lead which grew to 37-23 in the first four minutes of the third quarter as each of the Williamsport starters scored.

“At this point we had a chance to blow the game open, but we had too many mental letdowns,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray.

South (15-3) answered with eight points to get back within reasonable distance, eventually facing a 39-31 deficit after three quarters.

King and Pierre did most of the damage in the fourth, with Pierre scoring seven points and King four.

Still down 42-37 with 4:45 to play, King hit a goal but missed a free throw, South garnered the rebound and Rico Provitt scored.

After a missed shot and turnover off a rebound by Williamsport, South took a 43-42 lead with 3:20 to play on a goal by Pierre, working off an offensive rebound by King.

Williamsport regained a 45-43 lead at the 1:24 mark on a 3-point ball from the top of the key by Connor Arnone.

South managed 1 of 3 free throws on its next two possessions and then Carlton Davis lofted a 3-pointer from the wing for a 47-45 lead after Provitt almost lost handle of the basketball before flipping it to Davis.

Arnone threw up a 3-ball that caught nothing and Davis finished off the scoring with one free throw.

King also snared 12 rebounds as South fought to a 33-30 advantage on the boards.

“I’ve had some bad-shooting games lately,” said King. “I just wanted to stay focused and be consistent tonight. We slowed down the offense a little and Charlie (Herring) did a great job of running the offense.”

Monday was the first time Williamsport had its regular starting five intact as junior Tyler Wise returned from a hand injury after missing five games. He contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

Arnone had 14 points for the Wildcats and Stephen Christy had 12, along with seven rebounds.

“(South) beat us on offensive rebounding,” said Mowbray, “and when we did rebound, they were taking it out of our hands. I just wonder how we could go to the foul line only four times in the second half as physical as it was.”

JV: South 56-53 (W: Crabtree 22, Jackson 17; SH: Redman 13, Henson 11, Edwards 10).

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South Hagerstown 48, Williamsport 45
WILLIAMSPORT (18-2, 12-2)

Green 1-4 2-4 4, Arnone 6-11 0-0 14, Christy 3-11 4-5 12, McCauley 2-8 2-2 6, Wise 3-5 2-4 8, Aleshire 0-0 1-2 1, Butts 0 0-0 0. Totals 15-39 11-17 45.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (15-3, 11-2)
Davis 2-10 1-2 6, Pierre 6-17 1-2 13, King 10-16 0-0 20, Provitt 2-7 0-1 4, Herring 2-4 0-0 5, Hess 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 2-5 48.
Williamsport    15    11    13    6    —    45
South    15    8    8    17    —    48

3-point goals — Williamsport 4 (Arnone 2, Christy 2), South  2 (Davis, Herring). Rebounds — Williamsport 30 (Wise), South 33 (King 12). Turnovers — Williamsport 11, South 12.

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