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Improving Warriors get past Railroaders

January 22, 2003|by JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Warriors continued to show improvement on Tuesday night as they defeated the Brunswick Railroaders 68-56 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League boys' basketball game.

"We have come a long way," Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram said. "That's one thing: this is a very unselfish team. This team gets along so well together that they mix and match so well. We are learning to slow ourselves down and be patient. This group of kids is getting smarter and they are learning how to win. They are making some big steps."

Junior forward Lonnell Smith and senior center Keith Kellinger pulled down 15 rebounds each for Boonsboro (8-4 overall, 6-3 MVAL). Smith also had 17 points and six assists, while Kellinger scored 15 points. Kyle Davis grabbed nine rebounds, Mitchell Smith dished off six assists and Nathan Himes added five assists for the Warriors.

"I thought Boonsboro outplayed us in every phase of the game," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "They certainly deserved to win this game more than we did. Basically, that is what it all boils down to. I thought they did a great job on the boards and they shot the ball better than what they did during the last time that they played us. They just killed us on the boards."

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Jeremy Hueston had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Brunswick (8-3 overall, 5-3 MVAL). Brandon Dykes added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Railroaders.

Boonsboro established itself right from the start. Lonnell Smith scored nine points and Kellinger added five to help the Warriors build an 18-8 lead during the first 6:45 of the contest.

However, Brunswick stayed within striking distance. The Railroaders scored 21 points during the second quarter to cut the Warriors' lead to 33-31 at halftime.

Boonsboro started to pull away from Brunswick during the third quarter. The Warriors outscored the Railroaders 20-10 during the period to increase their advantage to 53-41. Reserve center Brad Wetzel scored six points in the period for the Warriors.

"We played absolutely our best game of the year," Ingram said. "We played good team defense along with good offense. We just controlled the boards. We controlled the tempo for the whole game. We handled the press real well."

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