Eagles keep Leopards winless

February 04, 1997


Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Lady Luck has been doing anything but smiling on the Smithsburg boys' basketball team this season.

Entering Tuesday night's game, Leopards coach Dave Morris felt like this was his club's best shot at a victory. But returning senior Christian Broyles became ill, and point guard Vince Acfalle was deemed academically ineligible.

The result was all too familiar, as Francis Scott Key kept the Leopards winless, 68-52, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"Weeks ago, I thought this was our best chance to win a game," said Morris. "But losing key people, you just hope that you give a good effort and do the best you can."


For the first 10 minutes, a Smithsburg win was not at all out of the question. The Leopards (0-16, 0-12) hit nine of their first 12 shots for a 19-18 advantage with 5:55 left in the second period.

But sparked by a pair of Josh Hollman 3-pointers and the work of Kevin DeCarlo inside, the Eagles (4-11, 2-9) outscored Smithsburg 17-2 and claimed a 35-21 lead at the intermission. The Leopards committed 10 turnovers in the second quarter, but had just seven throughout the rest of the game.

"I think Smithsburg might have thought that this was their one chance to get a win," said Eagles coach Jeff Cook. "And we might have come out a little lax, but they really took it to us before we were able to pick it up in the second quarter.

"We haven't won that many games this year. This is only our second win in the league. I'm disappointed we came out the way we did, but we did pick it up, and at times we were able to do what we wanted to do."

Both of the Eagles' MVAL wins this season have come at the hands of the Leopards.

Hollman and DeCarlo, who finished with 21 points apiece, kept the pressure on in the third period, combining to hit 7 of 9 field goals for 16 of FSK's 21 points.

Smithsburg sophomore Nate Showman, who was called up from the JV team earlier in the week, scored six of his 10 points in the fourth period. Every Smithsburg player scored in the game.

"I'm satisfied with our overall effort," said Morris, "But we're young. Our skills are low, and we have a lot of work to do at both ends of the floor."

Patrick Callahan's 12 points led the Leopards. Mark Hutzell added 10 points.

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