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DeBarge helps Boonsboro find its rhythm

December 18, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Just about the time Westmar seemed to have control of the game, the Wildcats left the door open and Boonsboro DeBarged right in.

Warriors guard Mike DeBarge poured in 11 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth period to help secure the first win of the season for Boonsboro, 55-51 over the winless Wildcats.

"I just came out, and everything started falling," said DeBarge. "I missed a few shots, but my teammates told me to keep shooting."

Trailing 34-30 with 1:53 left in the third quarter, Boonsboro (1-3) reeled off 20 of the next 32 points spurred by turnovers created by its defensive pressure. DeBarge accounted for 15 of those 20 points, hitting six of seven field goals, as the Warriors claimed a 50-44 advantage with 1:22 left in the game.

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Boonsboro may have been somewhat distracted as a result of a serious car accident involving teammate Adam Dellinger just a few hours before the game. The junior was listed in critical condition at Washington County Hospital.

"I know it was hard for the kids to concentrate," said Warriors coach Sam Connolly. "They love him to death. He's a good kid, and a hard-working kid. Obviously they're shocked, but they pulled it together."

Boonsboro had several opportunities to pull away, but allowed the Wildcats (0-4) to get back in the game each time.

An 11-point bulge in the second period slipped away after Boonsboro went scoreless for the final 2 minutes, 25 seconds of the half.

The lead was stretched back to 27-17 early in the third quarter, but Westmar rallied behind Russell Miller inside to take a four-point edge.

A 7-0 run midway through the final eight minutes, sparked by three Westmar turnovers, gave the Warriors the working margin they needed.

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