Brunswick leaves Warriors in cold

February 16, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - What Boonsboro needed entering the fourth period Tuesday night is exactly what Brunswick got.

The Railroaders' solid defensive effort and hot-shooting kept the Warriors at bay in the final eight minutes in a 63-55 MVAL Antietam Conference victory.

Hitting 7 of 9 from the floor - while holding Boonsboro to 5 of 19 - allowed Brunswick to extend its 39-38 advantage going into the fourth quarter and cruise to the win.

"We shot the ball above our season average," said Railroaders coach Dan McLane. "It was a combination of that and better defense that brought us back."


Despite the one-point deficit, the Warriors (5-15, 4-8) seemed to be in the driver's seat, having rallied from six down early in the third quarter behind seven points from Adam Flook. But Brunswick (8-11, 7-5) reeled off six straight points to open a working margin early in the final period.

"We just made too many mental mistakes tonight," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. "We gave up 10 or 12 points by not matching up in transition, and not knowing who we're guarding. They got a lot of open looks."

Brunswick rode the 3-point shooting of Joel Hafner in the first half, as the Railroaders' forward drained four shots from beyond the arc for 16 first-half points.

But when the Boonsboro defense shut down the perimeter shot, the inside was opened for Chris Papanicolas, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half.

Turnovers prevented both teams from getting into a good offensive rhythm in the first three periods. Each team had 17 turnovers in the first three quarters, but Brunswick took greater advantage with 10 fastbreak points to just four for the Warriors.

"We're not a very pretty team," said McLane. "I do expect us to take better care of the basketball than we did tonight. We turned the ball over way too much."

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