This is why they play the game. Records don’t mean didly you-know-what.
Heading into South Hagerstown’s 3A Maryland state semifinal, yoou loook at the Rebels’ 21-3 record vs. Centennials 16-8. A mismatch made in heaven heh? I even ran into some fellas from the Baltimore area before the game that are rather familiar with the competition.
One went so far to say ‘Centennial wasn’t even the fourth best team in the area.’
The Eagles were just a tad shorter than the Rebels, but senior Andre Pierre suggested after the game that Centennial might have been the quickest team the Rebels played all year.
The Rebels were in a state of flux in the second quarter after Centennial went on a 12-0 run to take a 24-12 lead. Honestly, it didn’t look good at that point.
But the Rebels dug in, especially in the the third quarter and began to re-establish some offensive continuity and got back in the battle, taking a lead deep into the fourth quarter.
A 3-pointer hurt, and when the Rebels had two opportunities to seize the lead with 5 seconds remaining, it just wasn’t to be. Press row is at the end of the floor which South Hagerstown was playing toward, so you got a great look at the finishing plays.
You just couldn’t believe the rebound putback effort by Sean Prather didn’t go do through th net. It rumbled around every part of the inside and came out.
However, it ended with a loss and while the season is over, it’s one to look back on with satisifaction.