Key's comeback falls short against S. Hagerstown, 83-65

January 27, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

For every flicker of hope Francis Scott Key showed in its second-half comeback attempt against South Hagerstown last night, the visiting Rebels' big men had an answer.

After trailing 34-21 at the half, the Topher Casserly-led Eagles got within five points of the Rebels late in the third quarter, but lost, 83-65.

After a frustrating first half, Casserly scored 28 second-half points -- including six three-pointers -- only to see Ebby Bynum and Dee Harris answer for the Rebels. The two combined for 49 points to kill any final Key comeback hopes.

"We played poorly and really beat ourselves," said Key coach Jeff Cook.

"I don't know what it was in the first half, whether we were intimidated or just flat. It's frustrating."

Despite the poor first half that saw the Eagles (5-5, 2-4 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League) shoot 9-for-30, they still were in the game at the half largely because of the Rebels' 5-for-17 free-throw shooting.

The Eagles cut the lead to 43-38 with 1:30 left in the third quarte when Mike Crawmer was fouled putting back a rebound while falling.

Casserly hit for 17 in the third quarter. But while he was hitting three-pointer after three-pointer, so was Bynum. On two occasions late in the third quarter, the two answered three-point shots and the Rebels led 49-43 after three. The 6-4 Bynum also showed a strong inside game, which included two thunderous dunks.

The Eagles would not get closer than the six-point margin in the fourth, and the Rebels' size simply wore them down. Harris had six straight points early in the fourth and Ronnie Colbert took over from there with nine of his 17 points in the middle of the fourth.

South Hagerstown opened a 19-10 lead after one and increased the lead to 34-21 with strong inside play and a tough, packed-in zone.

Key continually forced the outside shot and was unable to penetrate the South Hagerstown zone -- resulting in 9-for-30 shooting in the half.

The visiting Rebels dominated the boards, particularly on the offensive end, where they converted second-chance points on 13 offensive rebounds. Bynum did most of the damage, scoring 12 in the first half.

Key junior Steve Wright helped keep the Rebels in sight with 13 of the Eagles' 21 first-half points. He finished with 18.

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