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Offensive offense

March 07, 2001

Offensive offense



21-point win hides 'Dogs' shooting woes

By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Tuesday night's Class AAA Region II championship at the Butcher Center was an offensive nightmare for the Martinsburg boys basketball team. Center Kevin Pittsnogle blew a dunk. It went 2-for-22 from 3-point range. Its field goal total equalled its free throw total.

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The Bulldogs beat Hampshire, 65-44, to qualify for its second straight state tournament.

Do what?

"Our shots weren't dropping, we were missing easy layups," Martinsburg coach Dave Rogers said. "Thank goodness for pressure defense."

Exactly. Because as bad as Martinsburg (18-6, No. 5 Herald-Mail poll) was offensively, Hampshire was worse. The Bulldogs went just 33 percent from the field (21-for-63), so the Trojans returned the favor by going 32 percent (18-for-56) from the field and missing their first nine free throws.

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"We weren't running plays like we did against Jefferson," said Martinsburg forward Buck Springette, who led the offensive onslaught with 15 points. "At least in the second half, we did a little better."

A little was more than enough. From the start, neither team appeared to be really interested in the goings-on, and you could have found more emotion in any civics textbook than you would have found on the court.

For the first half, it left Rogers begging, cajoling and pleading for more from his Bulldogs. By the time they lurched through a 21-2 run through the second quarter, even he was left standing and watching.

"My son asked me the other night at dinner, 'Dad, you guys won (against Jefferson) and you're not happy,'" Rogers said. "And I told him coaches are never satisfied. A win is good, but there are always things."

Things like offense and intensity, both of which must be in plentiful supply next week at the state tournament in Charleston.

"You have to come out and play as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may," Rogers said. "If you're 30 points better than a team, beat them by 30. ... Don't mess around. That's the kind of thing that drives coaches nuts."

Martinsburg 65, Hampshire 44



HAMPSHIRE (44)

Al. Lee 1, Alkire 2, Liller 8, Wright 8, Braithwaite 10, Ad. Lee 9, Rothgeb 2, Snyder 2, Jacobs 1. Totals 18-56 6-17 44.

MARTINSBURG (65)

Largent 8, Barrett 8, Ware 2, Springette 15, Yurish 4, Morris 10, Horst 3, Bullett 4, Pittsnogle 11. Totals 21-63 21-24 65.

Hampshire1051316-44

Martinsburg15211316-65

Three-point goals-Hampshire 2 (Wright 2), Martinsburg 2 (Barrett, Morris).

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