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'Roaders win first battle

December 29, 1998

'Roaders win first battle

Brunswick wins Doub title in first meeting vs. South

Brunswick over SouthBy MIKE WOLFF / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - After spending most of the game fighting an intense and physical battle, the fifth-ranked Bruns-wick Railroaders emerged victorious when the final buzzer sounded, signaling a cease fire in a war against the No. 4-ranked South Hagerstown Rebels.

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Brunswick (8-0) earned a hard-fought 62-57 win Monday in the final game of the Richard E. Doub Classic, the second tournament title in as many years for the Railroaders.

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South (7-1) set the tempo early, utilizing a suffocating defensive scheme to frustrate Brunswick. The Railroaders hit only eight of 29 shots in the first half.

"They are just so quick," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "It's hard to even make a pass against them. Defensively, they are really tough. I am just glad our guys responded to the pressure."

Fortunately for Sklencar and his team, South had trouble converting its own scoring opportunities, draining just nine of 22 first half shots for only a 26-22 advantage.

The Rebels stretched their lead to nine points early in the third quarter. But after Sklencar called timeout, the Railroaders grabbed the momentum, going on a 15-4 run to take a 39-37 lead at the end of the quarter. Senior Jeremiah Summers hit a free throw to even the score during the run and junior Kyle Barnette nailed a layup at the buzzer to give Brunswick the lead.

"I was very pleased with the way we responded after that timeout," Sklencar said. "I thought we played the best basketball of the night during that stretch."

South did its best to get back into the game, but each time the Rebels made a run, Brunswick hit key shots to hold the advantage.

"It means a lot to win this tournament, especially against a quality team like South," Clements said. "But we still have two more games against South and lot of other things to look forward to. We have to keep playing good basketball."

Clements scored 16 points and Dorsey added 14 points for Brunswick.

Moot Powell scored a game-high 19 points for South.

* In the consolation game, the Williamsport Wildcats bounced back from its first-round loss to South by defeating the North Hagerstown Hubs, 54-43.

After a very slow start by both teams, Williamsport seemed to get stronger as the game progressed. After shooting 2-for-12 in the first quarter, the Wildcats bounced back by hitting 60 percent of its shots over the final three periods.

Ryan Grabill led Williamsport with 18 points, and Matt Bowman also had a strong game with 16 points. Jamere Burnett led the Hubs with 11 points.

Clements and Ryan Main of Brunswick, North's Tater Russ, Grabill and South's Mike Lee were chosen to the All-Tournament team.

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