Rebels' final flurry comes up short in Class 3A semi loss

March 10, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • South Hagerstown's Andre Pierre (40) tries to muscle through the block attempt by Centennial's Myelz Ocadiz for a shot under the basket during the Rebels' 56-54 loss in the Maryland Class 3A state semifinals.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — One bus trip carried the widest range of emotions for the South Hagerstown boys basketball team.

The trip down to the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center was comfortable and relaxed. The one back was laced with extreme disappointment.

The Rebels were so, so close, yet so, so very far away from success as they dropped a 56-54 decision to Centennial on Thursday in the Maryland Class 3A state semifinals.

“Just nothing went right for us most of the night,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.

Especially in the second quarter when the Rebels (21-4) fell behind 24-12 when Centennial posted a 12-0 run in a span just under four minutes, while converting four Rebels turnovers.

“We thought we were going to get run out of the gym,” said Naylor.

The Rebels appeared to have a hard time handling the basketball, as South senior Andre Pierre confirmed after the game.

“It was slippery,” he said.

South mounted a small charge and trailed only 26-20 at the break as Devon King hit a pair of goals.

The Rebels took a more aggressive approach to the second half to climb within 41-39 on a putback by Pierre.

“I knew I had to become more aggressive in the second half,” said Rico Provitt, who went scoreless in the first half.

Provitt scored all of his 14 points in the second half to keep the Rebels afloat.

Centennial (17-8) re-established a 49-45 lead with 4 minutes remaining but King responded with a pair of buckets to tie the score at 49-all with 2:10 to go.

The Eagles’ Keyonte Potts, who hit a deep 3-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter, nailed a second one from practically on the corner with 55 seconds remaining to give Centennial a 54-53 lead.

The Rebels lost King for the rest of the game when officials sent him to the bench because of a spot of blood on his jersey. South didn’t have a replacement shirt, which left him on the sideline and put the Rebels at a disadvantage in the final 43 seconds.

Provitt tied the game at 54 by hitting one of two free throws with 36.5 second remaining. Potts followed by hitting one of his two foul shots to give the one-point lead back to the Eagles.

South made one final try at pulling the game out in the final 18.5 seconds with a flurry of chances. Provitt missed a layup but the rebound bounced into the hands of Sean Prather, who missed the putback with 1.5 seconds left.

Centennial’s Aaron Adams finished the scoring with one free throw.

“We came out with more energy in the second half and got some pressure on them defensively,” said Naylor.

“Really, I thought we were fortunate to have a 24-12 lead,” said Centennial coach Chad Hollwedel.

During that stretch South had a string of mistakes mostly from not handling the rock.

Aaron Adams had four points in the 12-0 run including a dunk before South finally cut off the burst on a goal by Sean Prather.

Pierre led South with 15 points and had a team-high nine rebounds. King added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels, who won the battle on the glass, 33-26.

South was making its first state tournament appearance since 2004.

Centennial will play Milford Mill — which blasted Friendly 58-37 earlier Thursday — in Saturday’s championship game.

Centennial 56, S. Hagerstown 54
Harbinson 4-9 1-2 9, Ocadiz 2-3 2-2 6, Goldsmith 1-3 0-0 2, Adams 7-12 5-6 19, Stefan 1-7 0-0 2, Potts 5-11 4-7 18, Tinuoye 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-46 12-17 56.
Davis 0-4 0-0 0, Herring 3-5 0-0 6, King 5-14 2-3 12, Pierre 6-12 3-4 15, Provitt 5-10 3-4 14, Freeman 1-1 0-0 3, Wiley 0-1 0-0 0, Prather 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 22-51 8-12 54.
Centennial    12    14    13    17    —    56
South    10    10    15    19    —    54
3-point goals—Centennial 4 (Potts 4), South 2 (Provitt, Freeman). Turnovers—Centennial 15, South 15. Rebounds—Centennial 26 (Harbinson 8), South 33 (Pierre 9). Steals—Centennial 4, South 5 (King 3). Assists—Centennial 12 (Ocadiz 4), South 11 (Davis 4).

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