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Martinsburg uses 'D & Q' to produce win

February 11, 2006|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -

Musselman did some very good things in the opening minutes of Friday's contest against Martinsburg, jumping to an early 7-2 lead.

Coach Dave Rogers then became vehement, imploring his Bulldogs to play defense. His directions were followed rather well as Martinsburg produced a 61-49 victory over Musselman in a prelude to tonight's big road game at Morgantown, ranked No. 8 in West Virginia's Class AAA division this week.

"Defense leads to victories," said Rogers, who watched his team produce six points off three Musselman turnovers inside an 11-0 run that gave the No.. 3 Bulldogs a 13-7 lead they never relinquished.

"Our size was a big difference," said Rogers, who changed up some of his defensive tactics and employed a 1-3-1 zone, with 6-foot-5 Andre Hornes at the top and 6-5 Emile Payne and 6-4 Jordan Jackson in the middle. "It sets up the lob pass and can be hard to penetrate against big people. It helped make things happen for us."

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Musselman coach Derek Basile said the Bulldogs' size was a huge factor, especially having to go against them in a 1-3-1 set.

"We go against a 1-3-1 in practice, but it is hard to simulate that type of defense not having big guys," said Basile.

It's also hard to defend against a diminutive guard such as Martinsburg's Q'Mont Matheny, who scored 11 of his team-high 15 points in the first half.

The second of Matheny's three 3-pointers gave Martinsburg (14-3) its first double-digit lead early in the second period and Peters scored eight of his 12 points in the third period as Martinsburg went on runs of 9-0 and 11-0 for a lead that reached 23 points, 47-24.

"Coach always wants me to go out and be a leader and that's what he wants me to be the rest of the year," said Matheny, who was nursing a sore left knee and elbow. "They're hurting right now, but I'll be ready (for Morgantown)."

Hornes had eight of his 14 points in the second half and also led the Bulldogs with eight rebounds. Martinsburg hit 58 percent on 27 of 47.

Rogers, though, was not happy with the Bulldogs' 19 turnovers.

"We shouldn't have that many," he said. "There were some times when we tried to make things happen and it just wasn't there. We can't do that against Morgantown."

Musselman (8-11), which shot 39.5 percent (19 of 48), was led by Ryan Trochimovic's 11 points and 10 from Allen Kees, who hit three 3-pointers.

"My kids didn't quit I'm pleased with the effort from that point, but it's so hard against a team that is so much bigger," said Basile. "We got some good looks inside early, but they can get and run."

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