Middletown boys thrash Boonsboro

January 05, 1997


Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The good news is that the Boonsboro basketball accomplished what coach Curt Conway said it needed to against Middletown Saturday night.

The bad news is, it didn't help.

After being thrashed by the Knights in last week's Victor Cushwa Holiday Tournament, Conway wanted to keep Middletown sparkplugs Mike and Matt Main from having a big game. They did, but the Knights shot 58 percent from the floor en route to an 86-55 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win.

"I was looking forward (to facing Middletown) after they took it to us in the Christmas tournament," Conway said. "We wanted to stop the Main boys. We thought we knew what we had to do, but it didn't work."


The Knights (5-3, 4-0) used a pressure defense early to keep the game at a quick pace, especially in the first quarter to disrupt the Warriors and create numerous easy baskets. Marc Clayton was the recipient of many of those easy buckets, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the first eight minutes.

With Clayton taking a breather to start the second period, Darren Geisbert took over from the outside, canning five of six shots, including a 3-pointer, to give the Knights a 51-25 bulge at the half.

"Everything seemed to be going our way early," said Middletown coach Tim Leber. "Our press got us off to a good start. That's the way we're going to play. We want to get the game going as fast as we can. That's the best half of basketball we've played all year."

Under normal circumstances, an uptempo game would play right into Boonsboro's hands.

"I don't know what to say," said Conway. "They beat us every way possible. They beat us on the boards, they beat us to every loose ball, and everybody they brought in could shoot."

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