Leopards flock to Flook to flop Warriors

March 01, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER /Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg tried all night to contain Boonsboro junior Adam Flook.

The Leopards only succeeded once. When it mattered the most.

Flook torched Smithsburg for 25 points, but was held scoreless with only one touch over the final 2 minutes Tuesday as the Leopards notched a 56-48 victory in Maryland 1A West East Sectional semifinal.

Smithsburg (16-7) will face Williamsport in the East final on Thursday at North Hagerstown High School.

"(Flook) didn't get many touches late in the game, but we were trying to deny him the ball for the whole game," said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. "We didn't do a good job on him defensively until the last couple of minutes."

Smithsburg held Boonsboro (10-14) without a field goal in the final stretch, while outscoring the Leopards the Warriors, 10-1.

"Over the last two minutes, Coach told us to switch up our screens," said Smithsburg senior Andrew Bohan, who led the Leopards with 21 points and four assists. "Everyone stepped up at the end."


Bohan produced a clutch steal as Smithsburg clung to a 50-47 with 45 seconds remaining. Boonsboro came out of a timeout and tried to set up a play for Flook to pull into a tie. The Leopards changed screens, as planned, and the pass rolled off Flook's back and into the hands of Bohan, who was fouled.

Bohan hit his second free throw to give Smithsburg a 51-47 lead.

"We wanted to set the play to get Adam a look at a 3," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. "They changed their defense and he wasn't looking. We made a pass when we shouldn't have."

With the lead and time on its side, Smithsburg merely played keep away the rest of the way, forcing Boonsboro to foul. The Leopards, already in the double bonus, hit five of their last six foul shots and 12 of 17 in the period to close out the win.

"We knew they had to come after us to come after us and foul," Gerber said. "We didn't go to a four corners offense or anything, but we knew they were coming and we just had to hit our free throws."

Smithsburg had the last run in a game with spurts. The Leopards opened the game by scoring the first seven points and led 16-10 after the first quarter. Boonsboro reponded in the second quarter with a 7-0 run to take its first lead at 17-16, only to be answered with a 9-0 spurt by Smithsburg.

The Leopards maintained the lead until a 9-0 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, to give the Warriors a 44-41 lead, their first of the second half.

"We never felt like we had it, but we also never felt like we were out of it," Connelly said. "There were times when I felt like they might go on a run and I called a timeout, but we were always in it."

Connelly's final timeout was called just before Smithsburg's game-closing run.

Andrew Bentley attempted just four shots, but scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Leopards. Robby Hall chipped in with eight points.

Mike DeBarge scored nine for Boonsboro

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