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Boys Basketball: Freshmen take the spotlight for South on Senior Night

February 21, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team took care of business Thursday on Senior Night, defeating Smithsburg 72-52 in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

South (14-8, 11-3) started the second half nursing a 30-26 lead before exploding for 25 points in the third quarter.

Freshman Glen Tensley was the star of the period, scoring all 13 of his points in the quarter. Senior forward Devon King added seven points and three rebounds.

“We lost a lot of players, so we have to play young guys like Glen,” said Rebels coach Kevin Naylor. “When he’s relaxed and settled down, he’s very capable of performances like tonight.”

“(South) switched to man defense in the third quarter and they took us out of what we wanted to do,” said Smithsburg coach Mike Williams. “They came out and we just didn’t respond.”

The Rebels also got quality minutes from their other two freshmen, Kevin Vaughan and James Brooks, who combined for 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“It’s kind of ironic. Tonight was Senior Night and the fans got a good look at the future,” said Naylor. “I’m just happy to see that those guys can come in and get that kind of production. They’ve been picking up on the things we’ve been teaching them these past few weeks and we’ll see if it carries into the playoffs.”

South played a relatively efficient offensive game. The Rebels went 24 for 56 from the floor (42 percent) — including 8 for 18 from beyond the arc (44 percent) — and made 16 of 20 free throws (80 percent).

King finished with a game-high 24 points, seven rebounds and three blocks for South. Xavier Freeman had 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, and Michael Hill added seven points.

“We’ve had to change a lot of things since we don’t have an inside presence, so we have to go from outside,” Naylor said. “I’ve been emphasizing more than two passes per possession. We want to pass until we find the open shot.”

Smithsburg (9-13, 6-8) fell behind 17-10 in the first quarter but outscored South 16-13 in the second, including a six-point run heading into halftime. However, the Leopards couldn’t find an answer for South’s offense in the second half.

Matt Sprecher led Smithsburg with 13 points. Kevin Gibson had 12 points and three rebounds, and Cedric Barnes added seven points and seven rebounds.

South Hagerstown 72, Smithsburg 52
SMITHSBURG (9-13, 6-8)
King 5, Lane 1, Sprecher 13, Stevens 7, Gibson 12, Tracey 7, Barnes 7. Totals 14 22-34 52.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (14-8, 11-3)
Tensley 13, Freeman 10, Swayne 4, Vaughan 4, Hill 7, Brooks 6, D. King 24, Robinson 4. Totals 24 16-20 72.
Smithsburg    10    16    12    14    —    52
South    17    13    25    17    —    72
3-point goals — Smithsburg 2 (Stevens, Gibson), South 8 (D. King 3, Tensley 2, Freeman 2, Hill). Fouled out — Swayne.

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