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'Cats get message, bottle up Lions

December 08, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

Broadfording Christian Academy showed early it wouldn't be a pushover for Williamsport in Thursday's basketball game.

What overtook the Lions' determination in the long run was Williamsport's athleticism and a wakeup call in the second half that turned a close game at halftime into a 72-35 victory for the Wildcats in their season opener.

The Wildcats used a 28-4 run in the third period, using a relentless defense to hound Broadfording into 14 turnovers to produce 19 Williamsport points and break away from a 25-21 halftime lead.

"We flat out got out-scrapped in the first half," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "Broadfording was not intimidated by us."

Broadfording (2-3) actually had three shots at taking a lead midway through the second period - the last came on a 3-point effort by Spencer Leggett that missed the mark with the Lions down, 17-16. From that point, Williamsports's A.J. Jamison hit for five points on two goals on the way to the break.

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"We came out in a zone defense because we knew that (Williamsport) was going to be bigger and more physical on the inside and they would be faster," said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz.

However, the second half was about to become a total turnabout for the Wildcats and a disaster for the Lions.

Even at the outset of the third period, Broadfording out-hustled Williamsport to save a turnover, leaving Mowbray to call a quick time out and time for a little chastising.

He let his players know how much Broadfording was "out-hustling us to save a turnover and they want it."

The short speech worked as his club went to work.

Sean Dixon had three goals with feeds from an array of Williamsport guards and seven Wildcats scored during the third period feast.

Williamsport hounded Broadfording with two-man traps defensively, forcing the Lions had 10 turnovers in their first 12 possessions and leading to a 38-21 Wildcat lead.

After Jacob Wyand hit a goal for what was Broadfording's only 2-pointer of the second half, the Wildcats closed with another rush of 15-2, fueled by Chad Poffenberger's five points and four from Javier Macado.

"You can't stay in the same defense for an entire game against a team like that and we didn't feel comfortable with any other defense we had," said Clutz.

Jamison led the Wildcats with 15 points, Will Taylor added 11 and Dixon had 10 as the Wildcats put 10 players in the scoring column. Dixon also had eight rebounds and Taylor had six, neither playing in the fourth period.

"We shot poorly in the first half and had a lot of passes into hands we didn't catch to create shots," said Mowbray. "We got some good scores (in the second half) because our intensity picked up."

Ethan Reynolds and Devin Gourdine each had eight points to lead Broadfording.

Williamsport shot 27-of-54, boosted by the third-period barrage of 12-of-20. Broadfording hit 11-of-38 for 29 percent and was guilty of 30 turnovers while the Wildcats had 17.

"Our guys were excited to play Williamsport and they were still upbeat even after the third quarter," said Clutz. "We wanted to represent ourselves as best we could."

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