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Brunswick on the mark in 73-54 rout of Warriors

January 29, 1997

By MARK KELLER

Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Playing for the first time in 10 days, Brunswick boys' basketball coach Jim Sklencar wasn't expecting this kind of offensive output from his team.

The Railroaders shot 64 percent (18-for-28) from the field in the first half on their way to a 73-54 victory over slumping Boonsboro in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game Tuesday night.

"We've had teams do that to us this year where they come out on fire and put us in the hole," Sklencar said. "I thought we'd be a little sluggish offensively, but I guess the odds were in our favor tonight."

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Brunswick (9-4, 7-3) hit 11 of 17 shots as it built a 28-9 advantage after one quarter. The Railroaders scored the first nine points of the game before Doug Nicodemus finally got the Warriors (6-8, 4-5) on the board with three minutes gone.

"I looked at my assistant in that first quarter and said `Have they missed yet?'" said Boonsboro coach Curt Conway. "They were making almost everything, and what they missed they were rebounding."

Boonsboro had only one defensive rebound in the first quarter, and that came off a missed free throw. And there was no relief in the second quarter, as the Warriors again managed just one rebound on the defensive end. Brunswick shot the ball even better in the second, hitting on 7 of 11 from the field to extend its lead to 47-21 at halftime.

Brunswick continued its torrid shooting into the third quarter. Rich Roppolo, who led the Railroaders with 16 points, scored six early in the period to push the margin to 57-27. But Boonsboro put together an 11-2 at the end of the quarter to pull back within 21 points, 59-38.

Consecutive short jumpers by Matt Patrey and Doug Nicodemus helped Boonsboro cut the deficit to 17 with 4:30 left to play. But a 7-2 run by Brunswick put the game out of reach for the Warriors.

"They came out and played a lot better in the second half and got some shots to drop that wouldn't in the first half," Sklencar said of Boonsboro. "They are a good shooting team. They just couldn't get the shots to fall in the first half."

"We decided at halftime that we were going to run our offense and be patient in the second half and forget about the score," Conway said. "We executed much better in the second half, played better defense and did a good job on the boards."

Nathan Shankle added 14 points, including four three-pointers, and Brent King had 10 for the Railroaders.

Nicodemus lead all scorers with 19 points. Cullen Coleman and Brad Conway each had nine points for the Warriors.

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