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Warriors learning, get victory

February 02, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

In the race to 50, Ben Caffarelli hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push the South Hagerstown boys basketball team across the finish line.

Unfortunately for the Rebels, they got there 10 points too late.

Adam Flook had 13 points to lead four Boonsboro players in double figures as the visiting Warriors beat South 60-51 in an MVAL Antietam matchup Tuesday night.

"We're only good enough to score 50 points," Rebels coach Dennis Seman said. "I always tell our team, 'First one to 50 wins.'

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"We're not very talented. We win by playing hard, aggressive defense and making the most of our opportunities on offense. In the first half, we played too fast, and that's not the way we can do it."

That's the way Boonsboro (4-12, 3-5) did it, capitalizing on South turnovers to take a 30-17 halftime lead. The Warriors opened the game on a 9-4 run, paced by a pair of jumpers from Mike DeBarge, and broke it open with seven unanswered points midway through the second quarter for a 24-11 lead.

These hardly seemed like the Warriors who fell 64-43 to South less than a month ago.

"We've been improving quite a bit the past few weeks," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "We're young and we're learning. It's been a process. Tonight, we put it together. We were prepared for South, and we really wanted it."

They nearly gave it all back.

In the third quarter, Allen Daniels scored eight of his game-high 20 points and Muzammil Bhutto netted six of his 11 as South (4-11, 4-4) twice cut its deficit to three points - 36-33 and 38-35.

"They played hard and they made their run," Connelly said. "I was very worried, nervous and apprehensive. But I've learned you're either prepared or you're not."

South, which trailed 43-37 after three quarters, quickly cut it to three again as consecutive buckets in the paint by Daniels and Dominique Byrd made it 44-41 with seven minutes left.

"We just had to keep our heads in the game and not get discouraged," Flook said.

The Rebels never got any closer as Boonsboro responded with a 9-2 run to go back on top by double digits at 53-43.

"We knew we had to play four quarters of strong basketball," said DeBarge, who had 11 points.

Kyle Kane and Todd Potter each had 10 points, including six each in the fourth quarter.

Byrd added 10 points for South.

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