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Warriors get back to .500

January 27, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Junior point guard Michael Debarge had 14 points, five steals and five assists to lead the Boonsboro Warriors to a 63-44 victory over the Hancock Panthers on Thursday night.

"I think that our quickness was the key to the victory tonight," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "We were quicker. I think that our defense forced a lot of turnovers. We were able to convert quite a few steals into easy layups. We were able to get the ball inside a little bit more consistently in the second half."

Cameron Shifler and Adam Flook had 11 points each, while Kyle Kane made four steals for the Warriors (7-7).

Steven Beaver scored 15 points, while Dylan Shives had 12 points and three assists for Hancock (1-13).

"We played better," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "We did some good things tonight. But we struggled with the rebounds. We gave up way too many rebounds."

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After Beaver scored the first basket for Hancock 55 seconds after tip-off, Boonsboro scored 10 straight points to go on top for good at 10-2 with 4:40 remaining during the first quarter.

The Warriors extended their lead to 26-11 with 3:07 to go in the second quarter. But the Panthers narrowed the gap to 29-20 by halftime.

The Warriors started to put the game out of reach during the third quarter as they outscored the Panthers 15-6 during the first 5:37 of the period to increase their advantage to 44-26. Hancock did not get closer than 12 points for the rest of the game.

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