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Warriors come up whole in a half

February 26, 2006|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO -

The Boonsboro boys basketball team knows how to make a second impression.

After a subpar first half, the Warriors put it all together in the final 16 minutes to eliminate Hancock 56-33 on Saturday night in the first round of the Maryland Class 1A West Region, East Sectional playoffs.

Boonsboro advances to play at Smithsburg on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Boonsboro (10-13) managed a 23-20 halftime lead and Hancock hung around to the midpoint of the third quarter, only trailing 27-22.

The Warriors made their statement in the final four minutes of the period with an 11-2 run to pull ahead, 38-24. Center Josh Miller scored six of his eight points to pace the Warriors.

Boonsboro put the game away with an 11-5 run in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter as point guard Michael DeBarge led the way with five points.

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"We struggled to shoot the ball in the first half," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "That made Hancock's zone tough. They really packed it in tonight. We were slow getting through screens and they were able to get some easy shots. We weren't ready to play at the beginning of the game."

DeBarge scored a game-high 15 points for Boonsboro, while Adam Flook added 12 points and Kyle Kane had nine points.

"We came out more intense to start the second half," Connelly added. "We started playing more aggressively. We got the ball inside more and we were able to get the offensive rebounds. We were more patient on offense and that helped us to get better shots at the basket."

Alex Cunningham led Hancock (2-21) with eight points, while Dustin Hull got three blocked shots and Spencer Golden pulled down five rebounds.

"I have never been more proud of my kids than I was after tonight," Hancock coach Ron Hose said. "Our kids have no quit in them. They have a lot of character. The adversity that we have gone through has seemed to build our character. It was a great effort in the first half. Emotionally, we were ready to play. We ran out of gas in the second half and Boonsboro started to shoot the ball better."

Boonsboro's defense held Hancock to seven field goals. But the Panthers made up the difference by drawing fouls and hit 19 of 26 free throws.

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