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Bulldogs sprint to Mason-Dixon win

January 20, 2001

Bulldogs sprint to Mason-Dixon win



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Martinsburg boys basketball team hasn't started quickly this season, struggling with consistency and injuries to leave it hovering around the .500 mark.

Michael Ware made sure the Bulldogs wouldn't pull the same trick on Saturday at the Mason-Dixon Shootout.

Ware had 20 points and six assists as the Bulldogs raced to a 12-point lead in the first six minutes against Lebanon (Pa.) and held it the rest of the way for a 77-62 victory in the day's first game at Chambersburg High School.

"We've started coming out with the full-court pressure," Ware said. "We've started a little slow in the past, but it worked nice. We were a little more aggressive today."

Indeed. Kevin Pittsnogle blocked three shots in the first quarter alone, and Buck Springette had nine of his 12 points in the frame to give Martinsburg (7-5) a 22-7 lead at the first break.

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Its full-court press was the catalyst, allowing easy baskets and simple set-ups for its offense.

"In the first half, our defense was tremendous," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "They've got some good shooters, and we didn't let them take the shots in the first half. We struggled in the second half, but when you get a big lead, you have a tendency to do that."

Whenever the Bulldogs got complacent, though, Ware righted the ship. The Cedars went for one final push at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Ware scored seven of Martinsburg's first nine points, including two 3-pointers, to push the lead back to 61-43.

Pittsnogle, the team's 6-foot-10 center, finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks, while Springette also had nine rebounds.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The talk of the Martinsburg game was the Bulldogs' quick start, but the second game between Hempfield (Pa.) and No. 7 St. John's at Prospect Hall certainly won't be forgotten because of its finish - or lack thereof.

With 6 minutes, 22 seconds to play in the game, the Black Knights' Theo Dickerson scored inside and was fouled to give Hempfield a 39-37 lead. In the process, he literally shot the lights out.

A citywide power outage lasted for the next 50 minutes, causing tournament officials to suspend the game and, in effect, wipe it from the books.Both teams wanted to continue play, since Chambersburg's gym is lighted by windows on top and on the sides, but game officials were worried about liability in case of an injury.

"Everybody wanted to keep going," Prospect Hall coach Bruce Kelley said. "But I can totally understand. They did the right thing."

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