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Campers pack up victory at Smithsburg

March 03, 2004|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Allegany Campers struck so fast the Smithsburg Leopards didn't know what hit them.

The Campers raced out to a 14-0 lead behind four 3-pointers - three by Shane McDade - in the game's first three minutes and rolled to a 69-43 victory over Smithsburg on Tuesday night in a Maryland Class 1A West boys basketball quarterfinal game.

"They just came out, obviously, in the first quarter and knocked down their first four 3-pointers," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "They were hot early. ... They have very good shooters and they create matchup difficulties for us. They got some good looks and they were able to hit them."

The Campers placed four players in double figures. Senior forward Ian Grady had 17 points and five assists, sophomore center Donavin Vinson had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Lenny Dicken scored 13 points, McDade finished with 12 points on four 3s and Nathan Herriott grabbed nine rebounds.

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Allegany led 22-6 after eight minutes and 41-20 at halftime.

"We just came out hot from the start and we were on fire," Allegany coach Tedd Eirich said. "If you come out that hot and dig a team into a hole, it is hard for them to get out of it. We have definitely got some shooters on the team this year. When they get that hot, it is hard to stop them."

Allegany faces Southern Garrett Thursday in the region semifinals, and Eirich placed the emphasis on getting his team to perform better defensively.

"We have a natural offensive talent," Eirich added. "So we spend a lot of time in practice working on defense. It has pretty much come together all year."

Nathan Steelman led Smithsburg (5-19) with 13 points. Matt Feiser and Steelman had four rebounds each.

"They got a big lead and that took us out of what we wanted to do," Gerber said. "We had wanted to try to slow down the tempo."

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