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Warriors' ugly win still pretty

January 24, 2001

Warriors' ugly win still pretty



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - Boonsboro boys basketball coach Chuck Ingram just wants to win. How they do it is nothing more than a minor detail.

The Warriors had 18 fewer field goal attempts and committed six more turnovers than Brunswick on Tuesday night. But Boonsboro took advantage of 26 Railroaders fouls and made 25 of 34 foul shots, pulling away early in the fourth quarter and holding on late for a less than spectacular 55-50 win in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"We'll win ugly, we don't mind," Ingram said. "After struggling here for a while, we'll win ugly and that's all right."

Brunswick's offensive night was half-full or half-empty, depending on the point of view. The Railroaders were as balanced as a team can be, as all 11 players scored and three shared the team lead - with just seven points. Brunswick (6-7, 5-5) shot just 36 percent from the field (18 of 50) and 48 percent from the line (12 of 25).

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"We missed an awful lot of shots, a lot of free throws," Railroaders coach Jim Sklencar said. "We couldn't put the ball in the bucket.

"When we shoot well, we can beat some teams. We're not going to beat people the way we shot tonight."

Boonsboro (7-5, 4-5) wasn't much better from the field, making 15 of 32 attempts. But the Warriors' foul shooting overcame their woes.

"We shoot a lot of foul shots every night, and I think it's really paid off," Ingram said.

The game stayed close through the first three quarters, as there were 11 lead changes and nine ties. Boonsboro's biggest lead was four late in the first quarter, while Brunswick built a five-point lead in the second quarter before the Warriors took a 24-23 halftime lead.

Boonsboro used a 10-3 run early in the fourth quarter to build it's biggest lead, 49-41.

"We've been doing that a lot in the fourth quarter," Ingram said. "We play our best ball in that quarter."

Brunswick hit two 3-pointers down the stretch - the second, from Jimmy Sklencar, closed the Railroaders to within 53-50 with 43 seconds left, but Brunswick did not score again.

Adam Miller led all scorers with 24 points, while Cody Haines added 11 for the Warriors.

Boonsboro 55, Brunswick 50



BRUNSWICK (50)

Shafer 4, Goode 6, Brown 7, Wallick 7, Toms 2, Lastner 2, Long 3, Morrison 3, Smith 6, Thompson 3, Sklencar 7. Totals 18 12-25 50.

BOONSBORO (55)

Miller 24, Bigelow 4, Kaetzel 4, Vesley 5, Haines 11, Weddle 2, Himes 5. Totals 15 25-34 55.

Brunswick11121314-50

Boonsboro13111318-55

Three-point goals-Brunswick 2 (Kaetzel, Sklencar). Records-Brunswick 6-7, 5-5; Boonsboro 7-5, 4-5. JV-Brunswick, 55-33.

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