Rebels get Senior Night win over Linganore

February 15, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — Now, South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor can exhale.

It was time to come up for air. The Rebels had just finished an NBA-style stretch in their schedule — four games in five days — and came away better for it.

Still, it was time to call for oxygen — the fancy bottled kind on this occasion — as South finished its run with a 77-60 victory over Linganore on Tuesday in what could have been a trap game.

“This was a four-game stretch that I didn’t know how we would come out,” said Naylor. “We just wanted to get through it and we did all right. ... I wish we won that Thomas Johnson game, though.”

There were all kinds of factors lining the path for the Rebels (16-3). South was playing for the fourth time in 120 hours, a day after knocking off rival Williamsport and celebrating Senior Day all at once. Add to it that after facing Brunswick, Thomas Johnson and Williamsport, the Rebels were facing Linganore, a team on the Maryland Class 3A level it could face when the postseason begins.

Yet South navigated the land mines to put up a creditable performance.

“You never know what is going to happen when you start all the seniors,” Naylor said. “But Sean Prather was in there and he has been a starter. It was a matter of getting the ball inside to him.”

South Hagerstown attacked the inside from the beginning. Prather was a big presence in the middle, but Andre Pierre was the steadying force.

Prather scored the first basket of the game on a pass from Pierre, who followed with two hoops of his own to stake South to an 8-2 lead. Shortly after, the Rebels brought in their usual starters, who took that early lead and ran with it.

South passed the ball well to get inside to their stable of big men — Prather, Pierre, Darico Provitt and Devon King — to hold off the smaller Lancers.

“We have been trying to get the ball inside and take advantage of the size we have with our big guys,” Naylor said. “Once we get it in there, we can kick out if needed for open shots.”

South led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and opened the second quarter with a 12-5 run to take a 27-13 lead behind six points by King. Linganore came back with a seven-point run, paced by four points by Nick Wirtz, but the Lancers trailed 32-24 at the half.

South took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Lancers 22-9 to lead 54-33 after three quarters.

Pierre led the Rebels with 17 points and King added 10 as 12 of the 13 players on South’s roster scored. Clay Conner led Linganore with 19 points, all in the second half.

“The biggest thing I learned about this team in this stretch is they have character, have heart and want to win,” Naylor said. “The big thing is keeping focused. They found out that if they don’t stay focused, they can lose, and if they are, they can win.”

South Hagerstown 77, Linganore 60

Conner 6 6-8 19, Ek 1 0-0 2, Fratto 2 0-0 5, Wirtz 4 1-1 9, Tra. Wilk 1 3-4 6, Crawford 1 0-0 2, Jackson 3 3-4 9, James 3 2-4 8 Totals 21 15-21 60.
Davis 3 3-3 9, Herring 2 1-2 5, Dickens 0 0-1 0, Johnson 3 2-2 9, Lovett 1 0-0 2, Hess 1 0-0 2, Stevenson 2 0-0 4, Bucher 1 0-0 2, King 5 0-0 10, Pierre 8 1-3 17, Prather 4 1-2 9, Poovitt 1 6-9 8. Totals 31 14-24 79.
Linganore    8    16    9    27    —    60
South Hagerstown    15    18    22    23    —    77

3-point goals — Linganore 3 (Conner, Fratto, Tra. Wilk), South 1 (Johnson). Technical foul — Crawford.

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