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Bussard lifts Clear Spring over Cullen

February 19, 1997

By CURT HORNBECKER

Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - The Victor Cullen Academy basketball team was apparently unaware of the Bussard soaring above them here Wednesday night.

Clear Spring's Shane Bussard poured in 22 points to match his career high, including 14 in the second half, and rallied the Blazers to a 64-56 victory between the two independent schools.

It was a 10-footer from Bussard and four straight free throws from Tony Harnish in the final 36 seconds which allowed Clear Spring to clinch the win.

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"I just got into a groove," explained the Blazers' junior. "When you start feeling comfortable with a shot, you just keep rolling with it."

"He's only a junior, and he's getting a lot of playing time," said Clear Spring coach Doug Allen. "We knew their guards were very active, so we tried to force them out front and get the ball to Bussard, and if that didn't work, we wanted to dump it inside to J. C. (Schnebly)."

The plan apparently worked to perfection, as Schnebly chipped in 18 points, mostly from under the basket.

With the score tied at 54, Bussard canned a 15-footer to give the Blazers (11-10) their first lead since the 6:43 mark of the first quarter. A Keith Brown field goal pulled the Colts (6-8) even with 2:32 remaining, but Clear Spring's pressure defense kept Victor Cullen scoreless the rest of the way.

"(Clear Spring's) pressure bothered us down the stretch," said Colts' coach Lewie Hopson. "We're not very patient. Our kids want to move and put the ball on the floor, and that hurt us."

A 10-4 first period run handed Victor Cullen a 19-13 edge entering the second period, but the Blazers were able to keep things close in period two behind eight points from Schnebly, and trailed 31-26 at the intermission.

Bussard started rolling in the third period, as Clear Spring tied the score at 46 with just 21 seconds left, but a Deon Jenkins jumper gave the Colts a two-point margin entering the final eight minutes.

Harnish chipped in 11 points for the Blazers, while Joseph Dorsey finished with 15 to pace Victor Cullen. Brown and David Woods added 10 points apiece for the Colts.

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