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Williamsport fends off Hubs

December 27, 1999

Brunswick over SouthBy MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




WILLIAMSPORT - His shots look like they may never come down, and they were taking the breath away from at least one fan during the Richard E. Doub Classic on Monday night.

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Even though Ryan Grabill may take some grief over his high-arching shots, no one from Williamsport will argue that he's not effective with it.

Grabill went 8-for-8 on free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead the Wildcats to a 49-40 win over North Hagerstown in the second game of the Doub Classic.

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"I've shot the ball like that since my sophomore year and it's worked," the senior point guard said. "I see it on the news and they say something about it, or they'll say something about it on the radio. A lot of people think I bring down rain or something. But it's working."

Grabill was 10 of 11 from the line in the game, and the Wildcats (5-1) were 22-for-27 as a team - no small reason why they were successful in avenging their only loss of the season against the Hubs (4-3).

"I think one of our strengths should be our ability to shoot the ball, particularly our guards," said Williamsport coach Deron Crawford. "We felt like we kind of gave one away before (against North), so they really wanted to step up there with the lead in the fourth quarter and knock down their foul shots. And they did, they responded."

The Wildcats also held down the area's No. 5 scorer, Tater Russ. Russ managed just one field goal and finished with seven points, easily his low game of the season.

Jason Ott had 13 points for North.

* In the first game, Brunswick scored 11 straight points to close the first half on its way to a 52-38 win over South Hagerstown.

South (3-3) took a 13-11 lead on a Nick Maas layup with 7 minutes, 12 seconds to go, then turned the ball over in 10 of its next 12 possessions as the Railroaders (7-0) regained and extended their lead to 22-11 at halftime.

Still, the damage could have been much worse for the Rebels. Brunswick hit just 5 of 14 free throws in the second period and 9 of 22 in the game.

"Sometimes with free throw shooting, there's just not an explanation," said Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar. "Tomorrow we could go out and shoot 80 or 90 percent. If we just relax and shoot the ball, our free throws will improve."

Roscoe Dorsey led the Railroaders with 16 points. Mike Lee and Skip Jackson had 11 each for South.

Brunswick 52, South 38




BRUNSWICK (52)

Borden 2, Barringer 2, Smith 2, Dorsey 16, McLane 9, Thompson 3, Goode 4, Shafer 4, Dykes 10. Totals 20 9-22 52.

SOUTH HAGERSTOWN (38)

Valentin 7, Fowler 2, Maas 2, Jackson 11, Jeter 5, Lee 11. Totals 16 5-10 38.

Brunswick 11 11 18 12 - 52

S. Hagerstown 11 2 9 16 - 38

Three-point goals - Brunswick 3 (Dorsey 2, Thompson), South Hagerstown 1 (Valentin).

Williamsport 49, North 40




NORTH HAGERSTOWN (40)

Rice 5, Naylor 10, Russ 7, Medley 5, Ott 13. Totals 15 9-15 40.

WILLIAMPSORT (49)

Wolfensberger 9, Grabill 16, Barton 5, McAllister 4, Giles 4, Martin 11. Totals 13 22-27 49.

North 11 7 11 11 - 40

Williamsport 10 10 16 13 - 49

Three-point goals - North Hagerstown 1 (Rice), Williamsport 1 (Barton).

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