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Boys Basketball: Rebels ends hospitality in time to top Cadets

January 17, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — The big word coming out of the South Hagerstown locker room on Tuesday night was all about resilience.

The Rebels squandered four substantial leads and fell behind before reloading with a 14-2 run in the final three minutes to earn a 67-59 victory over Frederick.

“We played just well enough to win,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “We were uncharacteristic with turnovers because of travels that got us to lose the leads.”

But Devon King finally emerged, scoring 20 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, and Devonte Morel had 16 points. King and Morel combined to score 18 of South’s 22 points in the fourth quarter to push the Rebels to the win.

“I think I’m probably about 85 percent,” said King, who has battled turf toe since early in the season. “Hopefully I can build on this night. It’s been frustrating but I’m happy we’re winning as a team.”

The Rebels (11-2) led 25-16 early in the second period before Frederick closed to within 29-28.

King had eight points early in the third quarter as South held a 41-30 lead at the five-minute mark. Morel scored off a steal early in the fourth quarter as the Rebels gained a 51-44 lead.

But South committed three straight turnovers and Frederick added effective shooting to help the Cadets take a 57-53 lead with 3:04 remaining.

King scored two straight buckets to tie the game at 57-all before Michael Hill put the Rebels ahead with a steal after a steal 1:41 remaining as South’s defense forced three straight Frederick turnovers.

“The fullcourt pressure defensively won the game for us tonight,” said Naylor.

King hit two free throws for a 61-57 lead with 1:15 remaining before Daryl Sanders scored for Frederick.

South put the game away with a 6-0 run, including four points by Morel.

King hit 12 of 16 from the floor as the Rebels put up a 29-for-62 effort. Hill contributed mightily to the Rebels with 15 points.

Nigel Fender led Frederick with 23 points, hitting 11 of 17 from the floor. In defeat, the Cadets still shot well, hitting 26 of 50.

Frederick was guilty of 24 turnovers, including eight in the fourth quarter.

The victory was important for South as it looks ahead to the Maryland 3A postseason. The Rebels will be competing against many of the Frederick County schools.

“I really don’t look at this tonight as a gauge for the tournament,” said Naylor. “I’m more interested that we keep winning, whether it’s against a 3A or 1A.”

South will try to extend its winning streak to 12 on Thursday at North Hagerstown.

JV: South 58-49 (F: Patrick Davis 11; SH: Kevin Henson 18, Dee Johnson 16).

South Hagerstown 67, Frederick 59
FREDERICK (6-6)
Fender 23, Sanders 11, Sleton 8, Townsend 3, Simmons 6, Ceesay 2, Taylor 6. Totals 27 5-9 59.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (11-2)
Davis 4, Herring 2, Morel 16, King 28, Hill 15, Freeman 2. Totals 29 7-10 67.
Frederick    16    12    14    17    —    59
South    18    13    14    22    —    67
3-point goals — South 2 (Hill 2). Rebounds — Frederick 24 (Sleton 9), South 30 (Davis 9). Turnovers — Frederick 24, South 17.

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