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Boys Basketball: South coach says best 'yet to come' after 18th straight win

February 10, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — After 18 straight wins, South Hagerstown boys basketball coach Kevin Naylor was in the mood to divulge a little known fact about the Rebels.

“Our best games are yet to come,” he said.

That’s kind of scary. South was pretty darn good Friday in its 70-47 victory over Brunswick in its MVAL Antietam finale.

Even while starting all seniors instead of the normal lineup, South (18-2, 14-0) controlled Brunswick. The seniors were good, but the regular starters were devastating.

The starters primarily played the second and fourth quarters Friday and managed 47 of the Rebels’ 70 points in 16 minutes.

“We started a senior lineup with two guards who normally come off the bench,” Naylor said. “Then we added the guys who got limited playing time. We worked them pretty hard to get them ready. Most of those guys who are starting are quick and have been with me for three years. They know how to play the defense.”

The Rebels played that pressing in Stealth-like fashion, attacking quickly and quietly to knock the Railroaders off track.

It all started slowly as the Railroaders (10-10, 7-7) held a 2-1 lead after the first 2 1/2 minutes of play. South lit the fuse when Devonte Morel replaced Jordan Bucher, who left with a bloody nose.

Morel teamed with Brandon Hess to score every point in a 13-3 run over the next 3 minutes, 10 seconds to give South a 14-5 lead. Morel, normally a starter, jump-started the Rebels by scoring nine of the points, including the final six of the run.

The Rebels quickly expanded the lead when the normal starters came on in the second quarter.

South’s pressure defense caused many Brunswick miscues and missed shots to start the jailbreak of a transition game, using a 17-4 run to start the period for a 33-11 advantage.

South led 40-19 at the half.

Brunswick made a charge to start the second half as South’s senior contingent returned. The Railroaders ran off the first 11 points of the second half to move within 40-30, but South brought the starters back for the final 3:45 of the quarter for a 7-5 run to maintain a 47-35 lead.

The Rebels finished the game with a 13-5 run to pull away for the 23-point victory to put the finishing touches on an undefeated league record and a successful end to what Naylor called “Senior Week,” in honor of South’s nine seniors. The senior group also started and logged substantial minutes on Tuesday against Catoctin.

“We have been using some funny lineups all week,” Naylor said. “We gave uniforms to some of the seniors who have been in the program and have been working hard, but don’t get to play. We wanted to give them a chance.”

Morel led South with 16 points, while Michael Hill added 15 and Carlton Davis had 11. Tyler Dabbs led Brunswick with 13 points.

South gets back to regular business next week when they close the regular season with games against Oakdale and Linganore before heading to the Class 3A West playoffs.

“Now we are going to see some teams we haven’t been playing,” Naylor said. “We’ll be getting back to our eight- or nine-man rotation, but this has been fun.”

South Hagerstown 70, Brunswick 47
BRUNSWICK (10-10, 7-7)
Dabbs 13, Daring 4, Fawley 2, Hossler 6, Nusbaum 2, Price 8, Campbell 3, Smith 2, Howard 1, Fisner 6. Totals 20 5-9 47.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (18-2, 14-0)
Davis 11, Herring 2, Wiley 3, Hill 15, Hess 5, White 5, Morel 16, King 11, Harman 2. Totals 28 11-20 70.
Brunswick    7    12    16    12    —    47
South    16    24    7    23    —    70
3-point goals — Brunswick 2 (Dabbs 2), North Hagerstown 3 (Davis, Wiley, Hill).

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