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Bulldogs, Goretti win to set up Martinsburg championship game

December 27, 2001

Bulldogs, Goretti win to set up Martinsburg championship game



HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Martinsburg and Goretti win to set up championship game featuring two very similar teams.

By DAN SPEARS
dans@herald-mail.com
No. 4 Goretti 65
Southern Garrett 29

ST. MARIA GORETTI (65)

Costello 2, J. Spierenburg 2, Adenhart 4, Hudson 3, Davis 24, Carter 2, M. Spierenburg 12, Tanner 16. Totals 27-54 8-13 65.

SOUTHERN GARRETT (29)

Panther 2, Murphy 9, Stephens 2, Tressler 13, Fitzwater 1, Meyers 2. Totals 11-39 4-8 29.

Goretti21181412-65

S. Garrett51086-29

Three-point goals-Goretti 3 (Davis 3), S. Garrett 3 (Murphy 3). Technical-Southern coach Bosley.

No. 1 Martinsburg 79
Parkersburg South 52

PARKERSBURG SOUTH (52)

Campbell 3, Shablin 9, Dawson 5, McCallister 2, Baileys 4, Bush 5, Tunnell 4, Schreckengost 3, Balsley 1, Squires 11, Sponseller 2. Totals 14-49 21-28 52.

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MARTINSBURG (79)

Largent 9, Barrett 7, Ware 4, Springette 19, Yurish 2, Hoff-Hayles 3, Triggs 6, Horst 4, Johnson 6, Pittsnogle 13, Washington 6. Totals 30-71 12-16 79.

P'burg South1112919-52

Martinsburg20152519-79

Three-point goals-P. South 3 (Campbell, Bush, Squires), Martinsburg 7 (Largent, Barrett, Springette 3, Triggs 2). Fouled Out-Washington.



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg boys basketball coach Dave Rogers doesn't have to look in a mirror to see an identical twin of his team.

He'll just have to look at the other bench tonight in the championship game of the Martinsburg Invitational - at St. Maria Goretti.

"We're bookends," Rogers said Friday evening after his No. 1 Bulldogs abused Parkersburg South 79-52 in their semifinal. "They've got a big kid like we do, their guards, they've got (Matt) Tanner to Mike Ware ... they just match up."

The two teams made identical in their first game in the tournament as well. No. 4 Goretti opened with a 65-29 romp over Southern Garrett to set up tonight's matchup.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Gaels (5-4) muddled through their first three possessions before finding the range and burying the Rams. Goretti scored on its next seven possessions and closed the first quarter with a 19-2 run to make the rest of the game routine.

"It was a real nice start," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "They sagged on us to take away our big guy and we hit our outside shots. Then they came out and we got it inside and the next thing you know, it's over."

Derrick Davis took care of the outside, hitting three 3s in the quarter on his way to a game-high 24 points, while Matt Spierenburg did the inside work, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Matt Tanner added 16 more points on a variety of jumpers and drives to the basket.

The blowout gave the Gaels' starters plenty of rest for tonight and erased a disappointing loss to Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In the nightcap, Buck Springette's cases of perfect timing came at the perfect moments for the Bulldogs.

Benched for "timing problems" at school and practice, Springette entered the game after four minutes and provided several bursts to send Martinsburg (2-0) into the final. He scored eight straight points to close the first quarter for a 20-11 game, then hit two key baskets late in the second quarter.

In the second half, Springette got plenty of help from his teammates on the boards and in their press. The Bulldogs crashed the glass for a 12-3 rebounding edge in the quarter and forced 11 Patriots turnovers on unyielding pressure by Springette, Brandon Barrett and Tristan Largent.

The combination turned into a 25-point quarter and a 60-32 lead.

Springette finished with a game-high 19 points, Barrett and Mike Ware had five assists each and Pittsnogle had 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

"There were a few plays ... where whether it's the beginning or the end of the season you don't hope to be doing that stuff," Rogers said. "But it was a great effort. We beat a real good team tonight."

 

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