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Rebels are too wily for Coyotes

March 01, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Darico Provitt was forced to do something he doesn’t have to too often.

“It was weird. I don’t look up to anybody,” said South Hagerstown’s 6-foot-6 senior.

On Monday, he was forced to tilt his chin up to look Clarksburg’s 6-10 Andre Walker in the eye. Provitt just made sure the Coyotes didn’t look down on him.

Provitt set the tone by taking Clarksburg’s big man head-on while the rest of the top-seeded Rebels chopped the Coyotes down to size in a 70-52 victory on Monday in a Maryland Class 3A West quarterfinal.

“That was the whole plan because he was so tall,” Provitt said. “I was trying to get him in foul trouble. I have a quick first step. But if we got past him, we would be the same size as them.”

South (19-3) will host John. F. Kennedy on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Provitt dazzled Walker early before Andre Pierre and Devon King — the other two members of South’s Big Three — chipped in to overpower Clarksburg with the inside game. The trio combined for 23 of the Rebels’ 28 first-half points.

Meanwhile, Walker only managed eight points for the game.

Although neutralizing Walker was a goal, it was only one step leading to the Rebels’ success.

“We wanted to keep (Walker) away from the basket, but we wanted to slow down (Chris Viqueira) and (D.J. Singleton),” South coach Kevin Naylor said. “We wanted to slow (Viqueira) down, but they both can shoot the ball.”

South’s hard-nosed defense made it a tough night for the Coyotes’ shooting pair, holding Viqueira to seven points while keeping Singleton out of the scorebook in the first half. Clarksburg had difficulty initiating its offense and at times had even more problems holding onto the ball.

“Our defense has been winning games for us,” Naylor said. “Once we got out there and saw we could play with them and could get up and down the floor, we were all right.”

South opened a 6-0 lead as Provitt took his first swipe at Walker’s height with a drive down the lane, followed by two strong moves by Pierre — who gave away 10 inches to the Coyotes’ center. It resulted in a layup and two foul shots.

Provitt scored on two more drives to give South a 10-3 lead en route to a 17-8 advantage after one quarter. South’s trio continued to control the inside as the Rebels moved to a 28-16 halftime lead.

South steadily pulled away, leading by as much as 18 in the third quarter and 21 in the fourth. Clarksburg’s only redeeming factor was Viqueira, who tried to keep the Coyotes in the game with his game-high 21 points.

It wasn’t enough.

South iced the game by scoring nine of its last 12 points at the foul line.

Pierre finished with 20 points while Provitt and King added 16 each for 52 of South’s 70 points.

South Hagerstown 70, Clarksburg 52
CLARKSBURG

White 2 1-1 6, Thomas 3 1-2 7, Viqueira 9 0-0 21, Walkdr 3 2-=6 8, Singleton 3 0-0 8, De Celis 0 2-2 2. Totals 20 6-11 52.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (19-3)
Davis 3 2-2 8, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Herring 0 5-6 5, King 8 0-2 16, Pierre 8 4-8 20, Prather 1 0-0 2, Povitt 5 4-4 16. Totals 26 15-22 70
Clarksburg    8    8    18    18    —    52
South    17    11    19    23    —    70

3-point goals — Clarksburg 6 (Viqueira 3, Singleton 2, White), South 3 (Provitt 2, Davis).

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