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Turner takes his turn to lead Blazers

February 22, 2004|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring basketball coach Don Harnish wasn't looking for a hero. Trailing Brunswick at the half, Harnish simply asked for someone to step up at a time the Blazers were desperate.

Brad Turner answered the call.

Turner came off the bench to score 14 points and control the offensive glass on several key possessions as No. 9 Clear Spring outlasted the Railroaders 59-53 in a physical but foul-marred MVAL Antietam game.

The two teams combined for 65 free throws, forcing each coach to play deep into his bench. But it was the play of Turner that helped Clear Spring right the ship at just the right time.

"Brad is a smart kid and when he got his chance tonight, he played great for us," Harnish said. "We rotate eight guys through the starting lineup, and tonight when we needed him, he came through."

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No better example of Turner's solid play can be found than in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. With the score knotted at 40-40, the Blazers' forward took charge.

Turner scored four straight baskets on two layups and a pair of jumpers in the lane to give Clear Spring a 48-42 lead it would never relinquish.

"This was a big game for us," Turner said of the Blazers, who won for the second time in 24 hours. "We had a physical game against Catoctin last night and tonight we stepped it up again."

"Turner definitely made a difference in the game for (Clear Spring)," Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar said. "He had some key offensive rebounds and some heads-up offense that kept them ahead.

"Clear Spring is a good team, make no mistake about that."

Jason Anderson - who's been playing for the last week with a sore ankle - led the Railroaders with 16 points.

"We are slowly starting to get some of our guys back from injury," Sklencar said. "I am proud of their effort, but we still need to work on the little things that win games. Free throws and shot selection are two I can think of."

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