HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown’s quickness on defense led to its best offensive production on Tuesday in the season’s first of two city rivalry games.
The Rebels’ cat-quick guard trio of Xavier Freeman, C.J. Davis and Charlie Herring was busy harassing the North Hagerstown offense all night.
Despite a less than convincing offense itself, the Rebels marched on to a 58-32 victory in the MVAL Antietam Conference lidlifter at South.
“We’re trying to get better defensively and we expect our guards to be active,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.
It started early and festered into the third quarter.
On back-to-back trips, Freeman swiped the ball and dished to Devonte Morel for easy buckets and a 13-6 lead with 3:49 left in the first quarter.
Morel scored twice more in the second quarter in transition off steals by Freeman and Davis each, the second giving South a 27-15 lead late in the half.
And the third quarter became a total nightmare for the Hubs, who scored only three points, all from the foul line, falling behind 47-22 heading into the fourth.
Herring had two buckets off steals, Morel had a dunk and it was just a matter of margin of win by that time.
“I just don’t have an answer right now,” said North coach Kevin Hartman, “but we’ll find one quick. Our practices are going to be better. We gotta defend and we didn’t do any of that tonight.”
Hartman likened the difference in the game to South winning in a specific area.
“It was like they won on special teams, getting all the loose balls,” said Hartman.
Freeman led the Rebels with 16 points and Morel had 15 points and seven rebounds. Celebrating his birthday, Davis had seven points, five rebounds and four steals.
Off the bench, Will Peralta led the Hubs with 10 points.
The Rebels played their second full game without junior star Devon King, who is out with a case of plantar fasciitis.
“We’re learning right now how to play without (King),” said Naylor. “It shows we can play without him. Right now we’re remodeling the car and waiting to put the paint on the car when he comes back.”
South wasn’t a masterpiece itself offensively, with 23 turnovers compared to North’s 20. South hit 21 of 44 from the floor while North was amiss, hitting 12 of 56 for 21 percent.
It was the lowest point total for the Hubs in a game since scoring only 35 against Williamsport on Jan. 31, 2009.
North hadn’t lost to South by 20 or more points since losing 83-63 to the Rebels on Jan. 30, 2004.
JV: South, 44-38 (SH: Kevin Henson 11; NH: Nick Koslen, Anthony Williams 11 each).
South 58, North 32
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (0-3, 0-1)
Benson 4, Schoeck 6, Keyes 3, Colvin 3, Railing 2, Yacyk 2, Peralta 10, Gantt 2. Totals 12 8-14 32.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (2-2, 1-0)
Davis 7, Freeman 16, Herring 4, White 0, Morel 15, Wiley 6, Hess 1, Bucher 2, Harmon 0, Redmon 1. Totals 20 15-26 58.
N. Hagerstown 8 11 3 10 — 32
S. Hagerstown 15 14 18 11 — 58
3-point goals—South 3 (Davis, Wiley, Hill). Rebounds—North 36 (Colvin 8); South 44 (Morel 7). Turnovers—North 20, South 23.