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Warriors knock 'Roaders off track

Boonsboro shakes its run of bad luck by pulling away from Brunswick, which was bitten by the injury bug again as it lost forward

Boonsboro shakes its run of bad luck by pulling away from Brunswick, which was bitten by the injury bug again as it lost forward

January 23, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Desperation is the word that easily describes the Boonsboro and Brunswick basketball teams. But even Webster would have trouble finding enough definitions for one word to cover all the angle on the two MVAL Antietam teams.

Boonsboro was mired in a losing streak with lagging fortunes in a heavy need of a turnaround. Meanwhile, Brunswick is just trying to field a team after injuries claimed two of its top players in the last two weeks.

Senior guard Brad Wetzel gave the Warriors a partial remedy by scoring 24 points while teammates Kyle Davis and Jay Love provided the muscle inside Thursday as Boonsboro notched a 63-42 victory for its first conference win of the season.

"We had to turn this thing around sometime," Wetzel said. "This was a good win for us. We fought them and hustled all the way to the end, regardless of the score."

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The Warriors (3-10, 1-4) became so dominant under the basket in the second half, they held the Railroaders scoreless for more than eight minutes of the first half.

The Warriors continued diving to the floor after every loose ball, setting crushing picks and running the fast break at every opportunity for easy scores. The scrappy style of play allowed the Warriors to stay within 27-23 at the half.

"This is a flashpoint for us, I think," Warriors coach Sam Connelly said. "Our effort has been there over the last few weeks - It just never computed to a win. Tonight, these guy's efforts were rewarded."

The Railroaders, meanwhile, contiuned to be hounded by bad luck.

Brunswick held a 24-17 lead in the second quarter when 6-foot-4 forward Jason Anderson landed on the side of a Boonsboro player's foot and severely sprained his left ankle, leaving him crumpled on the Boonsboro gym floor. Anderson was assisted off the court and left the gymnasium on crutches just minutes before the half.

Any missed action will be a serious blow for Brunswick, since Anderson scored nine points in more than a quarter of play before his injury.

The Warriors took the lead in the third quarter on a Love layup at the 3:31 mark before closing the quarter on a 20-4 run to take a 43-31 lead.

"I think losing Anderson really hurt them and really helped us," Wetzel said. "I mean, the guy is a great player in this league. We definitely were able to do more things with him out of there."

In fact, with Anderson out of the middle, Brunswick was forced to push its offense to the perimeter, a game plan it was ill-prepared use in the game. The Warriors outscored the Railroaders 40-15 in the second half.

"Hopefully this will show our team the hard work does pay off," Connelly said. "We want to build on this confidence."

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