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Warriors' hopes get 86'd by Wildcats

February 01, 2006|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Eighty-six seconds is all it took.

Clinging to a three-point advantage at the half, Williamsport's boys basketball team reeled off seven unanswered points in the first 86 seconds of the second half and never looked back, thumping county-rival Boonsboro 68-42 on Tuesday night in an MVAL Antietam contest.

Behind Tim Alexander's 10 points, the Wildcats (9-5, 7-1) outscored Boonsboro 21-6 in the third quarter to secure the win.

"We just came out with more intensity (in the second half)," said Alexander. "We played like a team. (Coach Scott Mowbray) told us to keep our heads up, and keep the intensity up. We knew it was going to be a dogfight in the second half if we didn't come out with the intensity we needed."

The stifling Wildcats defense limited the Warriors' leading scorer Adam Flook to a mere two points. He took just one field goal attempt in the second half.

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"Phillip (Jordan) locked in on him and did a nice job," said Mowbray. "But when you contain a scorer like him, it's the whole team."

Williamsport jumped out to an 8-2 lead on three layups and an 8-footer, forcing Boonsboro (8-8, 4-4) to call two quick timeouts to keep the game from getting out of control sooner.

"I had to talk to them about intensity," said Warriors coach Sam Connolly. "From that point to the end of the half, I was satisfied with our intensity, but we came out in the second half not ready to play."

Behind eight points from Josh Miller and six from Mike DeBarge in the first half, Boonsboro stayed within striking distance. Tyler Beard sparked the Wildcats with nine of his 14 points.

Alexander opened the third with a three-point play, Tyler added a layup and Chad Bikle drained a 7-footer for a 35-25 edge. A 24-foot 3-pointer by Alexander at the buzzer highlighted a 15-0 Williamsport run that extended into the fourth quarter to push the Wildcats' cushion to 55-31.

Williamsport's sixth man, Will Taylor, knocked down 10 of his 12 points in the final period.

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