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Warriors' loss boils down to cold shooting

February 16, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - Here's Boonsboro boys basketball coach Sam Connelly analyzing Wednesday night's 52-37 loss to MVAL Antietam rival Smithsburg: "We couldn't throw the rock in the ocean."

That pretty much sums it up.

The Warriors' intentions were good, and actually, their offensive sets were good as well. Boonsboro committed only seven turnovers, compared to the Leopards' 16, and attempted 52 shots to Smithsburg's 38.

But the basket was sealed tight. Boonsboro (8-13, 4-9) missed its first 10 shots and made just 5 of 27 in the first half on the way to a frustrating 15-for-52 night.

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"I thought we ran our offense pretty well, we just couldn't get the ball to go in," Connelly said. "We couldn't throw the rock in the ocean and we didn't get any breaks."

Credit Smithsburg's defense - especially long-armed guard Tyler King - for some of the Warriors' woes. With his reach and ability to get off the floor quickly, King frustrated Boonsboro's leading scorer, Adam Flook, most of the night, holding him to five points.

King finished with seven points - including the loudest field goal of the night, a two-handed follow dunk of a missed breakaway layup early in the fourth quarter - and added 12 rebounds and four blocks for the Leopards (14-7, 10-4).

"When you talk quick off the floor, you're talking about Tyler," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "He really challenged Flook, who's a good shooter, and he did a nice job."

"I think that may have surprised us, how well they got off the floor," Connelly said. "They really challenged our shots."

Unlike the first meeting between the two teams this season, Smithsburg never trailed at any point and played consistently throughout, making 19 of 38 shots and scoring at least 10 points in each quarter.

Andrew Bohan had 12 points - six on fourth-quarter free throws - and added four assists, Robby Hall and Josh Edwards had nine points each and Andrew Bentley had six points and eight rebounds as Smithsburg spread the scoring around.

"It was a great team effort, and that's reflected in our scoring," Gerber said. "We had balanced scoring - every coach loves that - and we took good shots, which leads to the field goal percentage we had."

Mike DeBarge had 10 points and Josh Miller added eight for the Warriors.

"The effort they put on the court was outstanding," Connelly said.

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