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Boys Basketball: Rebels extend win streak to 15 straight

January 31, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Smithsburg's Brad Spickler, center, is double-teamed by South Hagerstown's Michael Hill (22) and Brandon Hess (25) in the first quarter Tuesday night.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — South Hagerstown put a large nail into the coffin to nearly seal down the MVAL Antietam Conference boys basketball title on Tuesday night.

The Rebels used the hammer on Smithsburg to the tune of a 64-51 victory, leaving the Leopards two games behind South in the conference race with three games remaining.

“They are just too good,” Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said after losing to South for the second time this year, the only two MVAL Antietam losses the Leopards have incurred.

It’s not that Smithsburg (14-4, 9-2) didn’t have positive energy.

The Leopards came out and had an early 8-4 lead following a basket by Trent Springs.

South coach Kevin Naylor made an adjustment, and the Rebels (15-2, 11-0) were off and running toward their 15th straight win.

“We switched (C.J. Davis and Charlie Herring) with Herring going to 2 guard and that gave him some open shots,” said Naylor.

They were shots that got the Rebels marching.

After Michael Hill hit a deuce, Herring rattled the rims for back-to-back 3-pointers that opened things up for South, as the Rebels took a 12-8 lead.

Those points were part of a 14-2 run as Jordan Fortson scored for Smithsburg, followed by a basket from South’s Devon Redmon and two more from Hill for an 18-11 Rebels lead after the first quarter.

“Opening up Charlie also enables C.J. to penetrate and see other people in the paint,” said Naylor. “That’s a good change we can make when we need to do it.”

South’s big people were sole proprietors of the lane in the first half with 11 offensive rebounds, compared to 10 overall for Smithsburg on the night.

The Leopards started with a 1-2-2 zone defense, something Gerber said they have used about 10 to 20 percent of the time this season.

“One of our goals tonight was to protect the paint,” said Gerber. “They hit those 3s and then go inside and are just too big for us.”

South gradually increased its margin.

A 9-0 run midway through the second quarter helped South to a 36-20 lead, only shortened when Smithsburg scored the last five points of the half.

The first minute of the third quarter saw South virtually put a claim on the game with three quick buckets and a 42-25 lead.

Hill led South with 15 points and Devonte Morel added 11. Davis and Redmon each scored nine and Redmon also had six rebounds.

Naylor said he was happy with the playing minutes he received from Redmon and from Kevin White.

Springs led Smithsburg with 12 points and Fortson and Ronald Hardy each had 11.

JV: Smithsburg 51-31 (SH: Trower 11; Sm: Miller 14).

South Hagerstown 64, Smithsburg 51
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (15-2, 11-0)
Davis 9, Herring 6, Hill 15, Morel 11, King 6, Wiley 4, White 4, Redmon 9. Totals 27 6-14 64.
SMITHSBURG (13-4, 9-2)
Pierre 9, Hardy 11, Fortson 11, Springs 12, Spickler 6, Ryan 2. Totals 19 10-14 51.
S. Hagerstown    17    19    18    10    —    64
Smithsburg    11    14    14    12    —    51
3-point goals—South 4 (Herring 2, Hill 2); Smithsburg 3 (Fortson, Springs 2). Rebounds—South 31 (King 6, Redmon 6); Smithsburg 23 (Spickler 7). Turnovers—South 10, Smithsburg 18.

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