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Blazers remain unbeaten

December 17, 2003|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring's Alex Tyler doesn't dress in a phone booth, sport an "S" on his jersey or pack a cape in his gym bag, but his performance Tuesday night against Berkeley Springs could easily be described as super.

Tyler muscled in nine straight layups in the first quarter, then inspired his teammates with his aggressive board play ending as the Blazers ran away from the Indians 72-49 and stayed among the ranks of the unbeatens.

Clear Spring (3-0) simply dominated the paint and the Indians (0-1) had little answer for the play of Tyler, who finished with 30 points, and forwards Bryce Sigler and Brad Turner.

Berkeley Springs freshman center Ryan Morris, although scoring 11 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter, struggled the entire game for position in the paint defensively.

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It never happened as the Blazers outrebounded the Indians by nearly a 2-1 margin.

"Tyler is a good player inside," Berkeley Springs coach Chad Brinegar said. "We were sort of a step off and behind him all night."

As well as the 6-6 junior played, the Blazers proved to be anything but one-dimensional.

"Things are going real well for us right now," Tyler said. "My teammates are getting me the ball, and when I'm not open, they know how to drop some shots in."

When Tyler was forced to leave the game halfway through the third quarter after being whistled for his third foul, senior Phil Saloom hit a layup and a 3-pointer. Michael Snyder followed with a 25-footer as the Blazers opened a comfortable 39-21 lead.

"They played almost half the game in there without me," Tyler said. "If you look at it, we increased the lead by the time I came back into the game."

"Alex is a very unselfish player," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "He really doesn't care how we win, he just wants to win.

"In our last game, he led the team in assists. The only one who complains he doesn't get the ball enough is me."

Tyler opened the second half with a layup as the Blazers went up by 17 entering the final quarter.

"This feels great," Harnish said. "I look back at where we started out and how we are doing now and it makes you smile."

Matt Rockwell and Tony Belt each had 16 points for Berkeley Springs.

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