Rebels take their time putting Warriors away

December 16, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team got a late challenge it wasn’t expecting from winless Boonsboro. In the end, however, it was for naught as the Rebels beat the Warriors 68-49 in Friday night’s MVAL Antietam matchup.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team was able to secure a significant lead. The first quarter ended with Boonsboro trailing 14-12, as Aaron Miranda went 4-for-4 from the field for eight of his game-high 15 points for the Warriors (0-3, 0-2).

South (3-2, 2-0) found some breathing room in the second quarter, scoring 13 points to Boonsboro’s 10 for a 27-22 lead at halftime. Michael Hill hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Carlton Davis and Xavier Freeman each went 2-for-2 from the foul line. Boonsboro’s Nathan Hardy paced the Warriors with six points in the period.

“My hat’s off to Boonsboro, they played a good game,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “I think we expected to win, and I think that mindset hurt us a little. When you have a team like Boonsboro looking for its first win, anything can happen.”

Despite South scoring 15 points in the third quarter — including six by Hill and five by Freeman — Boonsboro hung around, scoring 13. Boonsboro’s Justin Lewis went 3-for-3 for six points in the quarter as the Warriors found themselves down 42-36 heading into the final period.

The Warriors went shot-for-shot with the Rebels in the fourth, and a big bucket by Boonsboro’s Riley Stephenson cut the deficit to 50-46. The Warriors’ rally was short-lived, however, as South’s rejuvenated defense created a nine-point run that put the game away for good, capped by a thunderous dunk by DeVonte Morel.

Morel was all over the boards in the game, finishing with an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double.

“Good defense makes good offense,” said Naylor. “We want to cause havoc and get quick buckets. We want to be able to push up on people for the full 32 minutes.”

Brandon Hess scored nine of his 13 points off the bench in the fourth quarter, a total that did not surprise Naylor.

“Hess is a solid player that opponents have to check on every night. He’s a competitor. We’ll always be able to count on him in some way,” Naylor said.

Hardy had 10 points and four assists, Stephenson had nine points and six assists, and Lewis had nine points for Boonsboro.

“I have good help around me on this staff and the kids are working their tails off, but we’re not there yet,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers.

JV: South, 51-45 (SH: Teon Maesar 15; B: Dylan Coulter 13).

South Hagerstown 68, Boonsboro 49
Davis 10, Freeman 11, Herring 8, Hill 13, Hess 13, Morel 11, Bucher 2. Totals 29 7-16 68.
BOONSBORO (0-3, 0-2)
Walsh 2, Seabright 2, Lewis 9, Stephenson 9, Bennett 2, Miranda 15, Hardy 10.
S. Hagerstown    14    13    15    26    —    68
Boonsboro    12    10    14    13    —    49
3-point goals — South Hagerstown 3 (Hill 2, Freeman).

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