By JACK HILL III
11:13 PM EST, February 15, 2013
It was pretty much a struggle the entire night for the South Hagerstown boys basketball team on Friday.
And the end wasn’t any easier as Linganore squeezed out a 56-55 upset victory.
“Due to the fact that we don’t have any size, we are just getting outrebounded,” South Hagerstown coach Kevin Naylor said. “There was a mismatch down there in the paint. They could just turn around and lay it up.”
Center Seth Myers scored eight consecutive points to help Linganore (4-16) extend its lead to 50-41 with 3:31 remaining.
But South Hagerstown (13-7) still showed fight by going on a 12-2 run to take a 53-52 lead with 1:47 remaining, as 6-foot-4 center Devon King scored the first eight points and Xavier Freeman closed it with the final four, all from the foul line.
Linganore quickly got the lead back though, as Thomas Lang scored to give the Lancers a 54-53 lead they never relinquished with 59 seconds to go.
The final nail came when King fouled out with 35 seconds remaining, allowing Nick Gourley to sink two foul shots to put the Lancers up by three.
Glenn Tensley scored on a layup with 26 seconds to bring the Rebels back to within 56-55.
South had one more chance to pull the game out but Che Swayne missed the winning shot with two seconds left. Myers grabbed the defensive rebound to seal the win.
“We made some changes to our lineup because of injuries,” Linganore coach Tom Kraft said. “We are just trying to get better in everything that we tried to do. The third quarter was probably our best offensive quarter all year. We were scoring a lot off of halfcourt sets. The halfcourt sets were working well for us tonight.”
Myers finished with team-high totals of 23 points and 13 rebounds for Linganore. Lang collected 11 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Garrett Faning got four steals and three assists.
“Devon King had one big burst on offense,” Kraft said. “Other than that, we were pretty much able to contain them by mixing up defenses.”
King led South with 31 points, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots, while Freeman contributed six assists.
“Devon King played as well as he has for the last four games,” Naylor said. “He has had a good stretch of games. But if he is not in the paint to rebound, then we are going to have trouble rebounding the ball. Devon is the only one that we have who can rebound the ball.”
One bright spot for the Rebels was that they went 8-for-10 from the free throw line.
Linganore 56, South Hagerstown 55
Gourley 8, Faning 6, Haaf 6, Myers 23, Anderson 2, Lang 11. Totals 22 8-14 56.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (13-7)
Tensley 5, Freeman 6, Johnson 2, Swayne 5, Hill 4, D. King 31, S. King 2. Totals 21 8-10 55.
Linganore 9 14 19 14 — 56
South Hagerstown 9 13 17 16 — 55
3-point goals— Linganore 4 (Faning 2, Myers, Lang). South Hagerstown 5 (Tensley, Swayne, D. King 3).
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