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Rebels royally lay one on Hubs as King rules

February 24, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Carlton Davis makes a move against North's Alijah Benson.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — On stage, in front of a large crowd, South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team should have been named the King and His Court.

In a season-ending rivalry matchup, South picked up a MVAL Antietam Conference co-championship with Williamsport on the strength of a 74-53 victory over North Hagerstown on Wednesday.

It was the fifth straight year the schools have split the season series and the second year in a row each won on the road.

And unlike the first meeting on Feb. 8 when South blew a huge lead to lose 48-47, the Rebels maintained the advantage on Wednesday.

“I knew we could do this tonight,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “We got the lead in the first (quarter) and just kept pound the ball inside.

Devon King, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, led the Rebels with 17 points — hitting 8 of 18 from the floor — and led the team with 12 rebounds, including 8 on the offensive boards.

“The game came to me,” said King. “I looked at this as a game for us as a team to win. We weren’t looking past (North) to the tournament.”

King scored eight points in the first half as South (18-3, 12-2) constructed a 34-30 lead.

“Devon can go AWOL at times and take the whole family with him,” said Naylor. “Tonight he rose to the challenge and everyone else visited. We had no vacations taken tonight.”

Andre Pierre, part of King’s Court with 12 points, hit a pair of goals, before King scored and C. J. Davis followed with a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 run in the first period to give South a 13-5 lead.

From that point, the Rebels never trailed and used the second half to widen the gap.

Immediately, King and Davis hit back-to-back uncontested 3-pointers and, within a minute of play, South had a 40-30 lead, soon to become unsurmountable for the Hubs (14-7, 11-4).

“It’s frustrating to be in the game and come out and give up two 3s,” said North coach Kevin Hartman. “They were wide open. No hands in their face.”

In case North had any ideas of coming back, the fourth quarter belong to other members of King’s Court. Rico Provitt scored seven of his 15 points and Sean Prather added seven points.

North employed a three-quarter floor press at the outset but to no avail.

“I have confidence in our guards,” said Naylor. “It wasn’t an aggressive press.”

As far as Hartman was concerned, the Hubs weren’t aggressive at all.

“South played a great game, but we didn’t show up,” said Hartman. “We wanted to pressure them early and get our feet moving. We knew they were going to pound it inside, but we just didn’t offer any resistence.”

North sophomore Andrew Yacyk was the only Hub to hit double digits with a team-high 11 points, including eight in the third period when he was the only starter to score.

South was effective from the floor, shooting 57 percent (34 of 60) and committed only seven turnovers. North, which concludes the regular season at Frederick tonight, hit 48 percent (20 of 42).

South Hagerstown 74North Hagerstown 53
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (18-3, 12-2)

Davis 3-6 0-0 8, Herring 1-1 0-0 2, Pierre 6-10 0-1 12,, Provitt 7-12 0-0 15, King 8-18 0-1 17, Wiley 1-2 0-0 2, Freeman 2-3 1-1 5, Bucher 0-1 0-0 0, Prather 4-5 1-2 9, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 34-60 2-5 74.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (14-6, 11-3)
Psillas 1-2 0-0 2, Dickson 3-11 1-2 8, Colvin 3-4 0-0 6, Jessie 2-3 2-3 7, Yacyk 4-5 3-4 11, Bachtell 0-3 3-4 3, Bully 1-2 0-0 2, Donaldson 2-3 0-0 4, Railing 2-4 2-2 6, Benson 1-2 0-0 2, Ballou 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 20-42 11-15 53.
South    19    15    18    22    —    74
North    14    16    11    12    —    53

3-point goals—South 4 (King, Davis 2, Provitt), North 2 (Dickson, Jessie). Rebounds—South 30 (King 12), North 25 (Donaldson 4, Dickson 4). Turnovers—South 7, North 13.

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