Brunswick beats Smithsburg

February 21, 2000

Brunswick over SmithsburgBy BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

SMITHSBURG - The Brunswick basketball team hit Smithsburg where it wasn't looking.

The Leopards were set on taking away the Railroaders' offense. It worked, for all of about five minutes, which is about the time Brunswick landed a right-cross with its defense.

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The Railroaders tied up Smithsburg physically and used two well-placed dunks to spark some emotion to start a 24-0 run Monday to quickly dispatch the Leopards, 63-45.

And, it fits in the category that the game wasn't as close as the score. Brunswick led 43-18 with 3:30 left in the third quarter when coach Jim Sklencar took out his starters and turned the game over to his bench for the last 11 1/2 minutes.


In fact, the Leopards (7-14, 4-13) scored more points in the fourth quarter (23) than they did in the first three combined (22).

It all could be chalked up to Brunswick's resourcefulness.

"Sometimes when you aren't shooting well, people say you aren't playing well," Sklencar said. "That's not always true. (The Leopards) were packed into their zone and we didn't hit our shots early, but we weren't turning the ball over."

But the Railroaders (18-2, 15-2) needed something to get started ... Anything.

After 5 1/2 minutes of play, the score was tied 4-4, that is until Brunswick got its first emotional boost. Kyle Barnette found Roscoe Dorsey roaming on the baseline and lofted an alley-oop pass that the forward slammed down for the lead.

The play brought the Railroaders to their feet. Brunswick led 12-7 after the first quarter and held a 17-14 advantage when the game was turned in its favor for good from an unlikely source.

"I thought our defense really picked it up," Sklencar said. "When we get good aggressive defense, it usually affects the offense. We got a great lift from our second team. We pulled away in the second quarter when they were in."

The defensive pressure set of a 24-0 run that lasted 6 minutes, 58 seconds and into the second half. The run was accented by a second dunk - a breakaway by 5-foot-8 Zack Borden.

Brunswick led by as much as 29 points before Smithsburg showed any life and made a comeback against the Railroaders reserves.

"At times, you just have to be persistent," Sklencar said.

Brunswick 63 Smithsburg 45


Borden 2, Lestner 1, Morrison 3, Sklencar 3, Barnette 7, Long 1, Dorsey 12, McLane 2, Thompson 4, Goode 11, Wallick 11, Shafer 2, Dykes 4. Totals 21 16-22 63.


Hornbecker 5, Denton 10, Bey 2, Basille 11, Swope 4, Eichelberger 4, Beers 4. Totals 18 6-8 45.

Brunswick1224 1513-63

Smithsburg 7 7 823-45

Three-point goals - Brunswick 5 (Goode 3, Dorsey, Sklencar), Smithsburg 3 (Denton, Basille, Eichelberger).

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