The Rebels used a 14-0 run in the second quarter to wipe out a six-point first-quarter deficit before marching to their 12th straight win in a 66-50 MVAL Antietam Conference victory, played at North Hagerstown.
“North came out playing physical, much like Middletown did against us earlier, and once we adjusted and played our game, I thought it took a lot out of them,” said South coach Kevin Naylor.
Nick Colvin led North’s first-quarter charge with six points as the Hubs (6-7, 4-4) took a 14-10 lead by using end-to-end aggressiveness.
“We came to play, but as it turned out, it was only our style in the first quarter,” said North coach Kevin Hartman.
Will Peralta scored a bucket to give North a 16-13 lead a minute into the second quarter, just before the Rebels went wild.
Michael Hill hit two buckets, including a 3-pointer, and Devon King scored and suddenly South had jumped to a 20-16 lead.
The Hill-King combo had 19 of South’s 21 second-quarter points as the Rebels held a 31-23 lead at the break.
“We were able to get more into our trap pressure and everyone knows we feed off that type of play,” said Naylor.
The Rebels started to make it a runaway in the third quarter with a 15-5 run, capped by Charlie Herring’s runner in the lane, to go up 50-30 with 45 seconds left in the period.
North scored the final two buckets of the third quarter and Genc Pllana hit three straight baskets to open the fourth as the Hubs had cut the deficit to 52-40 before South regrouped. King hit two buckets to return South to a 56-40 lead.
King led the Rebels with 24 points, while Hill had 16 and Devonte Morel added 10. King hit on 11 of 16 shots, including 6 of 7 in the second half, as he backed up Tuesday’s 28-point effort.
For Hill, the 5-11 junior guard proved he likes his starting role after he scored 15 points in Tuesday’s win over Frederick.
“I’m glad to back starting and I just push hard in practice,” said Hill. “I was just looking for my shots tonight. There was a lot of bumpin’ out there.”
Hartman watched as Colvin and Andrew Yacyk get slammed to the floor at different times.
“We’re not deep so when someone like that is out, it hurts our rotation,” said Hartman. “We had to play a perfect game to win and we only did that in the first quarter.”
Isaiah Keyes led the Hubs with 12 points while Colvin and Pllana contributed 10 each.
Note: With South’s two victories gave the Rebels a season sweep of North for the first time since 2003-04. It marked the first sweep since the Hubs accomplished the feat in the 2005-06 season. ... Thursday’s game was the 122nd meeting with North holding a 68-54 advantage.
JV: North 57-41 (NH: Elijah Stubbs 15, SH: Dre Johnson 12).
South Hagerstown 66, North Hagerstown 50
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (12-2, 8-0)
Davis 4, Herring 7, Morel 10, King 24, Hill 16, White 2, Wiley 3. Totals 27 9-13 66.
NORTH HAGERSTOWN (6-7, 4-4)
Pllana 10, Keyes 12, Colvin 10, Railing 6, Yacyk 4, Peralta 6, Medley 1, Karlen 1. Totals 23 2-9 50.
South 10 21 21 14 — 66
North 14 9 11 16 — 50
3-point goals — South 3 (Herring, Hill 2), North 3 (Railing 2, Keyes). Rebounds — South 42 (Morel 10), North 29 (Colin 7). Turnovers — South 18, North 13.