Boys Basketball: Rebels roll to 16th straight victory

February 03, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The South Hagerstown boys basketball team proved Friday that when it rains, it indeed pours.

Unfortunately for Catoctin, the Cougars were without an umbrella or rain jacket to help stop what would end up being an 88-45 South Hagerstown victory — the Rebels’ 16th straight.

“That’s an excellent ball club. They’re very good,” Catoctin coach Mark Wiles said. “They’re fun to watch, but tough to coach against.”

The Rebels (16-2, 12-0 MVAL Antietam) overwhelmed Catoctin (3-15, 2-10) in the first half. The Cougars grabbed an early lead, but it evaporated in seconds and they trailed South Hagerstown 27-9 at the end of the first quarter.

“They’re athletic and they’re disciplined,” Wiles stated.

South kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal in the second quarter. The Rebels went on an 18-0 run over the first six minutes of the period before the Cougars hit their first shot with 2:02 remaining. They were the only points Catoctin would score in the quarter, as South led 49-11 at halftime.

“We try to make our offense off of our defense,” South coach Kevin Naylor said. “We want the defense to be aggressive.”

What might be most impressive about South’s 43-point victory is it only made one 3-pointer the entire night. The majority of the Rebels’ points came from in the paint or mid-range jumpers.

“We can shoot it when we need to,” Naylor said. “But we don’t want to make a habit of throwing up 3-point shots all game.”

Devon King, who made South’s only 3-pointer, led the Rebels with 19 points, while teammate Devonte Morel finished with 12 points.

“(King) and (Morel) are the workhorses, but they can only get what the guards give them,” Naylor said. “We have a pretty solid starting five.”

The Cougars had a much better second half, scoring 34 points over the final two quarters. Jacob Hafner came off the bench to lead Catoctin with 12 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the second half.

For South, 11 different players scored. Michael Hill rounded out the Rebels’ double-digit scorers with 10 points, while Carlton Davis finished with nine points.

“It was nice to get everyone some playing time and some quality minutes,” Naylor said.

South Hagerstown 88, Catoctin 45
King 19, Morel 12, Hill 10, Davis 9, Redmon 8, White 8, Wiley 8, Hess 6, Dickens 5, Harman 2, Herring 1. Totals 37 9-15 88.
Hafner 12, Vandiver 8, Kennedy 7, Jenkins 6, Carroll 4, Shanton 4, Cole 2, Watkins 2. Totals 17 3-8 45.
South Hagerstown    27    22    18    21    —    88
Catoctin            9    2    15    19    —    45
3-point goals — South Hagerstown 1 (King); Catoctin 8 (Hafner 4, Jenkins 2, Kennedy 2).

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