B. Springs boys tops 3-happy Hancock

January 09, 2001

B. Springs boys tops 3-happy Hancock

By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - It's been said that sport sometimes imitates art.

If that's true, then Berkeley Springs' 88-79 boys basketball victory over rival Hancock Monday night was more of a paint-by-numbers than extravagant masterpiece.

In a physical game which included all the vestiges of trash-talking, finger-pointing and the baleful stare downs that would do the NBA proud, the Panthers and the Indians actually settled down to play an entertaining game before a packed house at Hancock.

Although the Indians never trailed in the game, Hancock (3-3) fought back repeatedly refusing to let go.

In the end, it was the Indians' ability to stay calm, using their strength in rebounding -especially on the offensive boards, to put the Panthers away.


"It was a physical game both ways and a very well officiated contest," Berkeley Springs coach Tim Morrow said. "We have guys who are willing to go out there and bang if need be. I thought we showed maturity and adjusted to the level of the game well."

It wasn't a matter of the Indians making adjustments as it was tgrabbing just about every offensive rebound. The Tribe outrebounded the Panthers 46-21, thus proving Berkeley Springs (4-2) manhandled Hancock in the paint.

"Our lack of rebounding is simply killing us," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "It is difficult to win when you can't get putbacks and you can't stop them from taking two or three shots from in close."

Each time Hancock drew close, the Indians worked the ball inside to Rocky Burch, Jon Paine or Shane Bosely to build the lead again.

"I think we were within six twice in the third quarter and just couldn't go deeper," Spielman said.

"I was surprised that (Hancock) didn't box better than they did," said Burch, who finished with 22 points and double-digit rebounds. "Our guards did a great job feeding the ball to us inside."

It was a lucky thing for the Indians as Hancock drained 10 three pointers - four in a one-minute span - in a frantic fourth quarter.

Guards Danny Keefer, Josh Wills, Jake Pittman and Chris Wills accounted for 61 of the Panthers' 79 points. Keefer finished tied with the Indians' Burch with a game-high 22 points.

"We can shoot the ball and we take great care of the ball," Spielman said. "But if we are going to win consistently, we have to play a complete game."

"I'm pleased with our performance tonight," Morrow said. "I wish we would have played a little better defensively, but we took great care of the ball down the stretch."

Berkeley Springs 88, Hancock 79


Omps 9, Rockwell 17, Giggliotti 9, Bosely 15, Potter 2, Mason 6, Paine 8, Burch 22. Totals 36 13-21 88.


Keefer 22, J.Wills 10, Pittman 14, C.Wills 14, Hoffman 5, Fling 13. Totals 31 7-15 79.

Berkeley Springs32211520-88


Three-point goals - Hancock 10 (Keefer 3, J. Wills 2, Pittman 1, C.Wills 4). Berkeley Springs 3 (Omps 2, Giggliotti 1). JV - Hancock, 53-43. Jeremy Newton (H) 32 points

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