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Brunswick falls in states

March 11, 2000|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - It was like a pitcher tipping off a batter to his next pitch.

Brunswick knew by heart the inbounds play Pikesville was running. Stopping it, however, proved to be more difficult.

Pikesville's Clement Sorgho scored 21 points, many of which came off inbound passes, to lead the Panthers to a 64-54 win over the Railroaders in the Class 1A semifinals Friday at Cole Field House.

The play, run from underneath the Brunswick basket, had Sorgho taking a pass while streaking down the right sideline, then driving to the basket for a layup.

"We knew what was coming," said Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar. "It took us until the fourth quarter to make him stop and take jumpers instead of penetrating. We spent the first three quarters trying to steal that pass up the sideline, and that's not what we had planned to do."

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Sorgho had 19 of his 21 points in the first three quarters. But when the Railroaders (23-3) finally did get the play down, they stopped Sorgho cold and made a run at the Panthers.

Brunswick trailed 47-37 at the start of the fourth quarter, but scored the first six points of the period, capped by a Mike Dykes three-point play, to get within four with just under six minutes to play.

The Railroaders eventually cut it to 50-47 when a pass intended for Zack Borden was tipped inside to Dykes, who scored the easy bucket with 3:38 remaining. It turned out to be about the only bounce that went Brunswick's way the whole night.

"I thought we were going to play a great game, I really did," Sklencar said. "We just never got untracked all night, we never got anything going.''

After getting a defensive stop, Brunswick worked its offensive set and found Willie McLane open on the wing. His 3-pointer for the tie rimmed out, and Andrew Braver hit a pair of free throws at the other end as Pikesville (23-2) went up by five.

"We had a real good look, but there was a lot of time left," Sklencar said. "Maybe if we could have tied it up, maybe that could have changed the momentum a little bit."

McLane missed two free throws with about 90 seconds left and Pikesville took advantage. Braver spotted up from the top of the key and nailed a 3-pointer that was the beginning of the end for Brunswick.

Braver hit two more free throws and Lance Fair scored on a breakaway dunk to put the game away for the Panthers.

"I told the kids I wasn't especially pleased with the execution, but we played with a lot of heart and desire," said Pikesville coach Craig Amos. "This team expects to win and they play to win, so I don't have to do a lot of convincing with them.

Braver and Fair each had 18 points for the Panthers. The two combined for Pikesville's final 15 points.

In the beginning, it was Fair and Sorgho who got things going for Pikesville. By spreading the court and using their speed, both scored four points in an opening 8-0 run that forced Sklencar to use a timeout less than three minutes into the game.

"We knew they would run, but didn't know they'd run that much," Roscoe Dorsey said. "But we really didn't expect to be down. We expected to beat this team."

Borden scored the Railroaders' first points out of the timeout, hitting a 3 to get his team on the board. He scored two possessions later on a drive to the basket, but missed a shot at a three-point play as Brunswick trailed by three.

But every time Brunswick pulled close, the Panthers' quickness - and that inbounds play - helped them regain a cushion.

"We knew they were quick, but their outlet was so fast. They get the ball, pass it up the right side - every time," Borden said. "We'd try to go for the steal and it seemed like every time, they'd get by us and get a layup."

Dykes led the Railroaders with 18 points. Dorsey had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Borden had 11 points.

"We didn't think we played our best, but you have to give your opponent credit," Sklencar said. "Nothing was going right, but still we had a chance there for a while."

Crisfield 54, Williamsport 52




WILLIAMSPORT (52)

Wolfensberger 7-19 3-4 18, Grabill 4-10 0-0 8, Barton 5-9 0-0 13, Giles 2-2 1-4 5, Martin 1-2 0-0 2, McAllister 3-4 0-0 6, Weaver 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-46 4-8 52.

CRISFIELD (54)

Bell 2-6 0-0 4, Sterling 7-16 0-0 14, Jackson 2-5 0-1 4, Collins 6-12 7-8 23, Holmes 4-9 1-3 9, Turpin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 8-12 54.

Williamsport8102113-52

Crisfield1691019-54

Three-point goals - Williamsport 4-16 (Wolfensberger 1-7, Grabill 0-5, Barton 3-4), Crisfield 4-14 (Bell 0-3, Collins 4-9). Rebounds - Williamsport 27 (Martin 10), Crisfield 25 (Sterling 12).

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