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Boys Basketball: Swayne makes mark off bench for Rebels

December 14, 2012|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Most high school basketball players push to get into the starting lineup.

Che Swayne and Drequan Johnson seem to be pushing to be the sixth man on South Hagerstown’s boys team.

After starting the first few games of the season, Swayne took the role of bench player on Friday.

And he ran with it, leading all scorers with 19 points to lead the Rebels to an 84-39 win over Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam game at South.

“Swayne had been starting for us, but Johnson played a nice game off the bench last game, so we gave him the start tonight,” said South coach Kevin Naylor. “I’m not sure if they’re more comfortable coming off the bench or what it is.

“Che definitely looked more relaxed tonight. He’s got a beautiful stroke. It just wasn’t there the first couple games.”

Swayne entered the game for the Rebels (3-1, 2-0) midway through the first quarter, and the stroke was there right away. He scored the final seven points of a turnover-filled period to give South an 18-7 lead at the end of the first.

He scored three buckets in the second quarter and each was significant for the Rebels. The first was a jumper that gave South a 27-11 edge with five minutes to go in the first half.

After Boonsboro cut the lead to 10 with a 6-0 run, Swayne drained a 3-pointer to halt the streak.

Scott Bennett pulled the Warriors (2-2, 1-1) to within nine at 30-21, scoring back-to-back layups but missing opportunities to convert both into three-point plays.

Swayne answered with a 3 that sparked a 10-0 run to end the second quarter and give South a 40-21 halftime lead.

“We cut it down to nine with not much time left in the first half,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “If we could have held it there or even gotten it to seven at the half ... You have to play very well to beat them and we’ve got to get better. They’re better than us right now.”

Boonsboro got a pair of quick transition buckets by Bennett to start the third quarter, but the burst was short-lived. South extended the lead to 56-35 at the end of three as Michael Hill hit a 3 at the buzzer.

The Rebels then started the fourth with a 13-0 run to push the margin to 69-35.

Both teams had trouble keeping possession, particularly early in the game. South had 22 turnovers, while Boonsboro finished with 25.

“We’re a turnover machine right now,” Naylor said. “We’re averaging at least 28 or 29 a game. I’m praying it’s just something that’ll work itself out, because it’s not a problem in practice. But in games, it’s like fresh-out-of-the-oven turnovers.”

K.J. White had 16 points, Xavier Freeman added 11 and Devon King had 10 for the Rebels.

Bennett was the only Boonsboro player in double figures, finishing with 16 points.

South Hagerstown 84, Boonsboro 39
BOONSBORO (2-2, 1-1)
R. Walsh 2, Cowden 2, Saunders 2, Strunk 3, T. Walsh 2, Crown 2, Wetzel 5, Bennett 16, Coulter 5. Totals 12 14-26 39.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (3-1, 2-0)
Freeman 11, Johnson 2, Swayne 19, Conaway 3, Hill 7, White 16, Henson 9, D. King 10, S. King 2, Redmon 5. Totals 34 9-21 84.
Boonsboro    7    14    14    4    —    39
South    18    22    16    28    —    84
3-point goals — Boonsboro 1 (Bennett), South 7 (Swayne 2, Conaway, Hill, Henson 2, D. King).

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