South boys have a night to forget

December 07, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — Any tapes of South Hagerstown’s boys home opener should have an immediate location — the trash bin.

Urbana came out hitting 10 of its first 11 shots in the opening quarter and steamrolled the Rebels on Wednesday night 75-34, leaving South with a pair of losses to open the season.

“I didn’t think we were that good of a team coming in, and the effort we gave tonight as a team is totally unacceptable,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.

To compound the current status of South hoops, junior forward Devon King played sparingly into the early parts of the second quarter and scored four points. King has a case of turf toe, which worsened since Monday’s game against Tuscarora.

“It’s painful but (Devon) said he wanted to give it a go,” said Naylor. “He might miss a couple of weeks right now.”

But Wednesday, it might not have made a difference if he played the entire game.

In their season opener, the Hawks ran a perfect offense in the first half, hitting medium-range jumpers and finding cutters off dribble penetration.

At halftime they were 17 of 29 for 59 percent and controlled both ends of the glass, holding a 23-8 rebounding advantage.

“You never know about the first game,” said Urbana coach John Cooper. “We shared the ball very well, ran the offense and shot well. I was really worried about playing a team like South Hagerstown in our opener.”

With just an 11-10 lead, Urbana moved it to 17-10 behind two buckets from Thomas Utt and one from Buck Erickson and, from that point, had total control.

South lost any court presence in the second half, scoring just seven points.

One bright spot in Naylor’s eyes came with the performance of Kevin White, who scored two points and had five rebounds.

“I was surprised by him and his defensive effort,” Naylor said. “But overall, we were just bad all around. We aren’t outside shooters and we have to stop thinking we are.”

The Rebels were 1 of 13 from behind the arc and 14 of 44 for the game. And at the line, they were a paltry 5 of 16.

Devonte Morel led South with nine points and Charlie Herring had six, along with five rebounds.

Four players hit double figures for Urbana, led by Erickson with 20 points and Utt with 12. Each of them had six rebounds.

The loss was the worst since an 80-39 loss on March 2, 2009, to Century in the playoffs.

Urbana 75, South Hagerstown 34
URBANA (1-0)
Lane 10, Utt 12, Erickson 20, Disciullo 8, Wharton 4, Byrd 2, Rozich 1, Rose 11, Burdette 2, Deegan 5. Totals 30 10-14 75.
Morel 9, Freeman 5, King 4, Davis 3, Herring 6, Hess 2, Redmon 2, Wiley 1, White 2. Totals 14 5-16 34.
Urbana    23    20    8    22    —    75
S. Hagerstown    14    13    4    3    —    34
3-point goals—Urbana 5 (Lane 2, Utt, Rose); South 1 (Davis). JV—Urbana, 75-59 (U: Singer 25, SH: Smith 22).

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