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Hancock advances to 1A West semifinals

February 27, 2001

Hancock advances to 1A West semifinals



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


HANCOCK - Brandon Fling continues to grow in both height and skills.

Fling, who is a 6-foot-6 junior center, scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots on Monday night as Hancock defeated Beall 61-60 in a Maryland Class 1A West boys basketball quarterfinal playoff game.

With the win, Hancock (9-14) advances to the semifinals against top-seeded Southern Garrett at 7 on Wednesday at Allegany High School.

Fling scored 9 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

"Brandon Fling stepped up in the second half," Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. "On defense, he is a little intimidating. He really blocks quite a few shots."

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Fling claimed that the Panthers have previously experienced pressure-packed ballgames.

"We have had many close games this year," Fling said. "So it is nothing new, really. We knew what we had to do when it came down to the stretch. We just had to hit our foul shots. Our team made most of its clutch foul shots."

The score was tied at 55-55 with 3:30 remaining. Fling made a couple of baskets in a 6-2 Hancock run to build a 61-57 lead with 40 seconds to go.

Brady Greig kept Beall's hopes alive by sinking a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to narrow the gap to 61-60.

The Mountaineers had a chance to win at the end. However, Ryan Harper threw a costly pass out-of-bounds with four seconds remaining.

Beall's Joel Greig stole the inbounds pass at halfcourt, but his long 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer.

Danny Keefer scored 18 points for Hancock, which included a long 3-pointer right at the end of the first quarter. Chris Wills added five assists and Josh Wills had four assists for the Panthers.

Harper had 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Brady Greig scored 12 points for Beall (4-17).

BEALL (60)

Smith 9, B. Greig 12, Johnson 7, Taylor 4, J. Greig 2, Harper 26. Totals 18 21-24 60.

HANCOCK (61)

Keefer 18, Pittman 6, J. Wills 2, C. Wills 6, Fling 24, Newton 3, Poffenberger 2. Totals 24 8-13 61.

Beall13171515-60

Hancock18121813-61

Three-point goals - Beall 3 (B. Greig 2, Johnson). Hancock 5 (Keefer 2, C. Wills 2, Newton).

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