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Warriors heat up to cool off Blazers

January 04, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - The Boonsboro Warriors started 2006 by getting their scoring machine going.

The Warriors turned it on at the beginning of Tuesday's contest and kept it on until the end as they beat the Clear Spring Blazers 79-51 in an MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

Boonsboro (4-3, 1-0) received a boost from its bench, which scored 34 of its 79 points.

"We really shot the ball well tonight," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "We really came out and hit some big shots. All 11 players can play. We have a chance to have a good team. We just have to keep working hard."

Adam Flook, a 6-foot-3 junior forward, scored 28 points and added four steals for the Warriors.

"Adam is a good shooter," Connelly said. "He is really becoming a good offensive player. I was proud of him on the defensive end tonight."

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Chris Selby, a 6-4 sophomore, added 11 points and Michael DeBarge had 10 points and four steals to spark the solid play from the Warriors' bench. Todd Potter grabbed seven rebounds.

Scott Keeney scored 15 points and Cody McCarthy had 10 for Clear Spring (3-5, 1-1).

"They shot the lights out in the second half and we couldn't hit anything or execute," Clear Spring coach Don Harnish said. "Adam Flook is an excellent ballplayer and he can shoot the ball. We just didn't play well on defense."

Clear Spring gave Boonsboro a high-scoring battle early. The Blazers built a 13-10 lead in the first five minutes. But the Warriors outscored the Blazers 12-5 in the next three minutes to take the lead for good at 22-18.

Clear Spring was still within striking distance at halftime, trailing by six, 35-29.

The Warriors put the game away in the third quarter as they outscored the Blazers 23-9 to increase their advantage to 58-38. Flook (10 points) and DeBarge (seven) combined for 17 of Boonsboro's 23 points in the period.

Boonsboro outscored Clear Spring 21-13 in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

"In the second half, we came out of the locker room and really picked up our pressure on defense," Connelly said.

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