After weathering an early test by Oakdale, the Rebels broke loose with a 31-point third quarter, leading to a 73-52 victory to lock down its 19th straight win.
“It can’t get old,” said Naylor of the streak. “If we lose one, I hope it’s Friday (in the regular-season finale against Linganore). We need the streak to continue or start a new one if need be.”
With Oakdale clinging to a 27-26 lead at the start of the third quarter, The Bears and Rebels (19-2) traded baskets until South went on a six-point run to take the 36-31 advantage.
From there, Oakdale just couldn’t pace.
The Bears managed to stay within 43-39 until the Rebels went on a 14-point run to stretch Oakdale’s deficit past the point of no return. Devon King and Michael Hill scored seven points each in the period, while C.J. Davis and Devonte Morel added six each. King scored a team-high 19 points in just 20 minutes of action.
“We needed this win to get into position in the 3A West playoffs,” said Naylor. “That’s what tonight was about: Position.”
South opened the game by hitting just 5 of 14 shots, which allowed Oakdale to take the early 16-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bears stretched the lead to 23-16 in the second quarter, led by Zach Thomas, who scored six of his game-high 22 points.
South used an eight-point run to take the lead by one, before Thomas grabbed it back with a three-point play. Thomas scored 15 of Oakdale’s 27 first-half points and had 11 rebounds and three blocks in the game.
“The only thing I said to my team (at halftime) was that (Oakdale) said that we couldn’t shoot from the outside. We needed to hit those open shots,” Naylor said. “Mike Hill opened the inside and from there we could shoot anywhere we wanted to.”
Hill’s seven points in the third quarter came on a 3 and two mid-range jumpers to spread Oakdale’s defense and open the floor for South. The Rebels continued the pressure in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 more points, mostly in transition.
Davis had a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists for the Rebels, while Morel added 13 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.
John Bush scored 15 points and Kevin Heine added 10 for Oakdale.
JV — Oakdale, 55-51 (O: Johnny Woodard 15, SH: Kevin Henson, 19).
South Hagerstown 73, Oakdale 52
Heine 10, Thomas 22, Hoyle 5, Bush 15. Totals 19 13-16 52.
SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (19-2)
Davis 16, Herring 8, Hill 9, White 6, Morel 13, King 19, Redman 2. Totals 32 6-10 73.
Oakdale 16 11 14 11 — 52
South 10 16 31 16 — 73
3-point goals — Oakdale 1 (Hoyle); South 3 (Herring, Hill, Morel). Turnovers — Oakdale 14; South 14.