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Warriors second on first night

December 09, 1999

FSK over BoonsboroBy JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




BOONSBORO - For 24 minutes, the Boonsboro boys basketball team was staying calm, cool and collected.

Then the fourth quarter arrived. Trailing by three entering the final frame, the Warriors lost the range, dropping their season opener 58-49 Thursday night to Francis Scott Key.

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"I think that it was first-game jitters," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "We didn't play well consistently. We only played well in spurts. We didn't go to the defensive boards enough. They were quicker than us and they beat us to the boards. We just didn't do a good job of boxing out."

Francis Scott Key led 37-34, then scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter for an 11-point lead with 5:55 to play.

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And the Eagles never let Boonsboro (0-1, 0-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League) back into it, keeping the margin above seven points the rest of the way.

"We did a good job of boxing out on the boards," Francis Scott Key coach Jeff Cook said. "That helped us to get some second and third shots. Even though we're a small team, we hit the boards well tonight."

Francis Scott Key (1-1) started out the fourth quarter with Kody Jenkins getting a basket and Brendan MacDaniel sinking one of two free throws. After Tony Gerald converted a three-point play, Brendan MacDaniel turned a steal into a layup to give the Eagles their 11-point lead. Brendan MacDaniel scored all seven of his points during the fourth quarter, while Justin MacDaniel added five points in the period for the Eagles.

Jenkins came off of the bench to lead the Eagles with 17 points. Justin MacDaniel collected 15 points and eight rebounds, while Gerald added eight rebounds and four steals for Francis Scott Key. Tommy Fletcher had six rebounds and five assists and Brendan MacDaniel had six assists for the Eagles.

"Francis Scott Key is very well-coached," Ingram added. "They run a very controlled offense. They handled the ball real well and they hustled well. Their quickness makes up for their lack of height."

The main sparkplugs for the Warriors were a pair of juniors, forward Eric Vesely and 6-foot-6 center Adam Miller. Vesely scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, while Miller added 14 points.

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