By TIM KOELBLE
11:06 PM EST, January 8, 2013
South Hagerstown’s boys basketball team reached the century mark on Tuesday night for its second straight game — almost by an identical score.
Following up on Friday’s 101-39 win at Catoctin, the Rebels ran past outmanned Clear Spring 100-39 in an MVAL Antietam skirmish.
A skirmish it was in the first half, with 25 personal fouls called and the teams combining for 35 free-throw attempts.
The difference came in the shooting from the floor, as South forced constant Clear Spring turnovers that resulted in easy buckets and, in some instances, conventional three-point conversions.
The Rebels (7-3, 4-1) went to town early despite Clear Spring having the first opportunity to take a lead following a South technical foul for a pregame dunk.
But the Blazers (4-3, 2-3) missed two free throws, turned the ball over on their first possession and before they knew what hit them, South had a 19-2 lead — which expanded to 26-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Rebels coach Kevin Naylor chose to sit Michael Hill and Kevin White for the entire first quarter, and that gave Naylor an opportunity to blend in others with the normal starters, led by Devon King and Xavier Freeman.
“We mixed the lineup up and some younger kids got to play,” Naylor said. “I was happy with the fact (Hill) came into the game and showed no effects from not starting. He was getting assists.”
King ended with 27 points and Freeman had 20 in three quarters of play for each. King had nine rebounds and Kevin Henson, another starter, had five points and 11 rebounds.
Clear Spring coughed up 13 turnovers in the first quarter and 19 by halftime. The Blazers held a 20-17 rebounding advantage, but mistakes offset that margin.
“I wasn’t happy with our rebounding effort in the first half,” Naylor said.
After a 55-20 halftime lead, South used another huge run — an 18-2 spurt — to close out the third quarter with a 75-26 lead. King had eight points and Freeman seven in the run.
An 11-0 push in the final quarter got the Rebels close to the century mark, and they hit it with 14.6 seconds left on two free throws by Che Swayne.
Drequan Johnson and Steven King each scored 11 points off the bench for South, which hit 34 of 60 shots from the field (57 percent).
Clear Spring — which will be without its top player, Ryan Aaron, for an extended period of time — simply had no scoring punch to battle with the Rebels.
Leading scorer Michael Riley had only one field goal and nine points. Collin Schultz had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Jared Brant added 10 points.
“We were defeated before we came here,” Blazers coach Ryan Grabill said. “That’s the mindset we are fighting to change. South didn’t have to work hard tonight with our turnovers.
“We’re struggling for an identity with Ryan and (Riley Lazich) out, but that’s no excuse not to compete.”
South Hagerstown 100, Clear Spring 39
CLEAR SPRING (4-3, 2-3)
Jar. Brant 10, Elwood 2, Riley 9, Schultz 12, Fisher 6. Totals 14 9-23 39.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (7-3, 4-1)
Freeman 20, Hill 6, D. King 27, White 9, Henson 5, D. Johnson 11, Hendershot 6, S. King 11, Swayne 5. Totals 37 23-33 100.
Clear Spring 8 12 6 13 — 39
South 26 29 20 25 — 100
3-point goals — Clear Spring 2 (Jar. Brant 2), South 3 (Hill, D. King, Swayne). Technical foul — White. Fouled out — White, Henson.
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