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Knights have little Moore

January 17, 1999|By MARK KELLER

WILLIAMSPORT - Deron Crawford knows the phrase 'once bitten, twice shy.' Saturday night, the Williamsport boys basketball coach was bitten for the second time.

Middletown's Brian Moore drained two 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter, then hit another late in the period to stave off a Williamsport rally as the Knights beat the Wildcats 47-40 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

Moore's baskets brought back some painful memories of unlikely heroes for Crawford. In last year's Class 1A West semifinal game, South Hagerstown's Randy Reeder hit three 3-pointers to help eliminate the Wildcats.

"It was Randy Reeder in the playoffs all over again," Crawford said.

Moore finished with 11 points off the bench and provided the Knights (6-5, 6-1) with the spark they needed to put away the 'Cats.

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"He's really been coming on lately. He's capable of doing that," said Middletown coach Tim Leber. "When he gets after it like he's capable of doing, nobody plays harder than him."

Like Reeder last season, the Wildcats (5-5, 3-4) could hardly have expected Moore to be the one to do them in. Moore had just 17 points entering Saturday's game and had made 2 of his 10 3-point attempts. But those numbers obviously had no effect on his confidence.

"I was off in the first half, but I felt pretty good after I made the first one," Moore said.

The first one came on Middletown's first possession in the fourth quarter and gave the Knights a 36-28 lead. After a Williamsport miss, Moore buried another trey for Middletown's biggest lead, 39-28.

Williamsport fought back thanks to its spark plug off the bench, Matt Porac. Porac scored all of the Wildcats' points in an 8-2 run that pulled them back to within five, 41-36. Porac led Williamsport with 13 points.

"Matthew seems to give us a real emotional lift when he comes into a game," Crawford said. "He plays defense, hits the open shot when it's there ... you can't ask for more than that. You wish every kid would come to practice and games with the instensity he has."

But Moore hit his last 3 from the same spot he hit his first, much to Leber's chagrin - at least before he saw the ball go through the net.

"I said, 'No Brian. No Brian.' Then I just smiled. I wanted him to kill some clock," Leber said.

D.J. Costello led the Knights with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Todd Stanzione had 12 points and Jared Ambrose had 12 rebounds.

Ryan Grabill and Corey Wolfensberger each had eight points for the Wildcats. Josh Martin had seven rebounds.

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