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Boonsboro guns down Catoctin

December 06, 1996

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - With Boonsboro's offensive firepower, Catoctin could ill-afford any defensive letdowns.

And when the opportunity arose Thursday night, the Warriors boys' basketball team was quick to take advantage, outscoring the Cougars, 22-3, within a five-minute span in the second quarter en route to a 71-56 victory in the basketball season opener for both Monocacy Valley Athletic League squads.

"We just had defensive lapse," said Catoctin coach Chris Barnhart. "When you give up 44 points in a half, you're just not playing good defense."

The Cougars trailed by just three point early in the second quarter when Boonsboro caught fire. While Doug Nicodemus was pounding the boards and getting easy, second-chance buckets, Andy Beard was bombing from 3-point range.

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According to Warriors coach Curt Conway, once his club was able to get through the opening-game jitters, the shots started to fall.

"We just relaxed (in the second quarter)," said Conway. "We were a little tight in the first quarter. We have some shooters on this team, and once they relaxed and started to play their game, the shots started falling."

The combination of Nicodemus inside (17 points, nine rebounds) and the long-range shooting of Boonsboro's guards gave the Cougars trouble all evening.

"If we can get our screens set, and get the ball down inside, it opens up the 3-point shot," said Nicodemus. "And that can be very effective with the team we have."

Greg Andrew and Cory Wiles combined for 11 Catoctin points within the first four minutes of the third quarter to close the gap to 55-40. But 3-point shots from Justin Talley and Matt Patrey, and a Nicodemus three-point play sealed the win.

"I think you'll see us run and shoot a lot this season," said Conway. "Even our big guys can run. We'll try to beat the defense down the floor, and if we get 3-pointers, we'll take them."

Beard and Brad Conway added 11 points for Boonsboro. Andrew led Catoctin with 16 points. Wiles had 15.

Boonsboro won the junior varsity contest, 57-53.

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