Gerber's debut a big success for Smithsburg

December 06, 2000

Gerber's debut a big success for Smithsburg

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - In his senior season at Smithsburg High School, Eric Gerber led the Leopards boys basketball team on a 14-game winning streak that took them all the way to the Maryland state championship game in March 1988.

Twelve years later, Gerber is once again trying to lead Smithsburg to some more victories - this time as the Leopards' head coach.

On Tuesday night, Gerber had a successful coaching debut as Smithsburg exploded for 24 points in the second quarter to beat Clear Spring 64-47 in the season opener for both teams.

"I don't know what it was in the second quarter," Gerber said. "We had a big second quarter. We shot the ball well and we defended well for parts of the quarter. Shane Anderson played a solid game. He gave us some scoring when we needed it."


Anderson, the Leopards' 6-foot-2 senior point guard, scored a game-high 28 points. Anderson canned five 3-pointers, sank 11 of his 14 foul shots and grabbed six rebounds.

"It feels good," Anderson said. "We played as a team and we had good ball movement. We got some good shots and we made some clutch 3-pointers. We have got some strong players and we are pretty quick."

Danny Young had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in his first game for Smithsburg since transferring from St. Maria Goretti. Reserve forward Brad Talbert added four blocked shots for the Leopards.

Justin Michael scored 14 points, Chris Everitts added 13 points and Will Worthington had eight rebounds for the Blazers.

"We didn't get all of the shots to fall in the first half that we wanted to," Clear Spring coach Daryl Hunsberger said. "We didn't get a lot of points off of the transition."

Smithsburg 64, Clear Spring 47


Bey 9, Swope 3, Anderson 28, Young 15, Redick 2, Brown 8. Totals 18 22-32 64.


Michael 14, Everitts 13, Keyton 2, Worthington 8, Haupt 6, Hoffman 2, Timmons 2. Totals 15 15-27 47.


Clear Spring8111414-47

Three-point goals - Smithsburg 6 (Bey, Anderson 5), Clear Spring 2 (Everitts 2). JV - Smithsburg, 43-36. (S: Sean Hunt 15 points. CS: Jeremy Everitts 9 points.)

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