Athletic Rebels overpower Leopards

January 03, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — What South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team started with on Tuesday night wasn’t necessarily its best product.

With some disciplinary measures in line, coach Kevin Naylor had regular starters Xavier Freeman and Devonte Morel on the bench — Freeman for the game and Morel for a quarter.

Morel entered in the second quarter and substitute Devon Redmon had a career-best performance, allowing the Rebels to control Smithsburg on the way to a 74-52 MVAL Antietam victory.

“I’ve said all along, we are more athletic,” said Naylor. “With our size, we’ll be OK whenever we can get into our offense sets and get inside.”

Redmon, a 6-foot-3 junior, turned in a career-high 23-point performance along with 11 rebounds as the Rebels took command midway through the second quarter. He was perfect in every way, hit all 10 of his shots from the floor and three free throws.

He constantly turned offensive rebounds into points and took several assists from Morel, scoring 14 points in the middle two quarters when South (7-2, 4-0 MVAL) stretched out the game.

A 10-0 run late in the second quarter gave the Rebels a 32-22  lead.

Redmon had five points late in the third quarter that gave South a 49-30 lead, which ultimately reached 64-38 early in the final quarter.

Morel supported Redmon with 17 points and the 40 points combined was more than enough to offset the four-point game from Devon King, who fouled out with 1 minute remaining in the third period.

“Everyone on this team can feed off one another,” said Naylor. “If we can get (King) to decide to show up .... .”

Smithsburg (7-3, 4-1), riding the crest of a five-game win streak, ran into its biggest test of the year.

The Leopards’ perimeter quickness was matched by South.

“We got down by 10 at halftime but you’re still in the game,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “It’s the first time this year we’ve been in that position and unfortuntely we did not handle it well.”

Jordan Fortson led Smithsburg with 14 points.

South outrebounded Smithsburg 37-20.

JV — Smithsburg 61, South 42 (SM: Garrett Brenk 14, SH: Isiah Smith 16).

South 74, Smithsburg 52
SMITHSBURG  (7-3, 4-1)
Spickler 8, Springs 8, Hardy 4, Pierre 3, Fortson 14, Wynne 6, Hogue 5, Gibson 4. Totals 17 13-19 52.
Davis 3, Herring 9, King 4, Hill 5, Hess 0, Morel 17, Redmon 23, Wiley 2, Dickens 2, Harmon 2. Totals 31 8-12 74.
Smithsburg    10    12    11    19    —    52
South    11    21    18    24    —    74
3-point goals—Smithsburg 5 (Fortson, Pierre, Wynne 2, Hogue); South 2 (White, Hill). Fouled out—SH: King. Turnovers—Smithsburg 23, South 12.

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