HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown Rebels picked up their 20th win of the season Wednesday night at home, defeating the Kennedy Cavaliers 54-42 in a Maryland Class 3A West region boys basketball semifinal game.
Top-seeded South Hagerstown (20-3) will host second-seeded Quince Orchard in the region final Friday night.
“It was a good win,” South coach Kevin Naylor said. “The team is showing character, and that is what we need at this point of the season. The individualism is gone and we are playing as a team.”
Sophomore forward Devon King led the way for the Rebels with 15 points and eight rebounds.
“We wanted to win,” King said. “We try to get the ball and go. We score if the open man is there. If not, then we set up our plays. We just kept rebounding and putting the ball in the hole. The coach told us that it is playoff time and this is what we play for. He told everybody to get their confidence up. He told us to not worry about individual stats and play as a team. We want to win the region and that is our main focus.”
South held a slim 39-36 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. The Rebels then outscored the Cavaliers 15-6 the rest of the way. King scored 10 of the Rebels’ 15 points during the final three minutes.
Senior center Darico Provitt had 10 points and six rebounds for the Rebels.
“We came out real intense,” Provitt said. “We wanted to come out and get this win, so we can move on to the next round. We had to keep our intensity up. We knew that we had to come out strong in the third quarter, because that is our weakest quarter. If we could do that, then we would win.”
Andre Pierre scored 13 points, while Sean Prather came off of the bench to get nine points for the Rebels.
“The guards are doing a good job of running the offense,” Naylor said. “They are sacrificing shots, so they can get the ball to the inside and give us some more high percentage shots. Our inside game could have been better. But Kennedy was a fast team and they forced us out of our offense, because of the pressure that they were putting on us. That was the most pressure that we have seen all year.”
Sophomore point guard Marcus Murray scored 16 points for Kennedy (17-8).
South Hagerstown 54, Kennedy 42
Williams 1 0-0 2, Murray 5 3-4 16, Rose 0 2-4 2, Grant 4 1-3 11, Joseph 5 0-0 11. Totals 15 6-11 42.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (20-3)
Davis 1 2-2 4, Freeman 1 0-0 2, Herring 0 1-2 1, King 7 0-0 15, Pierre 6 1-2 13, Prather 4 1-2 9, Provitt 2 6-10 10. Totals 21 11-18 54.
Kennedy 11 4 13 14 — 42
S. Hagerstown 12 13 11 18 — 54
3-point goals — Kennedy 6 (Murray 3, Grant 2, Joseph), South 1 (King).