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Warriors' victory is no Flook

December 13, 2006|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - If Boonsboro senior Adam Flook wasn't superstitious before Tuesday night, chances are that he is this morning.

Flook struggled in the first half against Liberty, spurring him to make a quick wardrobe change at halftime in hopes of changing his fortunes.

Something must have clicked because Flook scorched Liberty for 15 third quarter points - including three 3-pointers - to help Boonsboro open up a double-digit lead, and the Warriors held on for a 57-48 victory.

"I wasn't feeling it in the first half so I changed my shirt during halftime," said Flook, who was held to just two points in the first half. "I was just cold and couldn't get into it. I had to do something to get going."

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Sporting a different No. 22 jersey, Flook made an early impact in the third quarter, blocking Ryan Miller's shot in transition. On the next Boonsboro possession, Flook drained a 3 from the left wing to extend the Warriors' lead to 26-22. Flook accounted for all but three Boonsboro points in the quarter as the Warriors (2-0) outscored the Lions 18-9 for a 41-31 lead.

"(Flook) just never got comfortable in the first half," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. "He's just too good a scorer to go ice cold like that. But he kept his head in the game and played within himself and he was fine."

Flook was better contained by Liberty (1-2) in the fourth quarter and made his only basket with just under five minutes left to give Boonsboro a 47-39 advantage.

But with time becoming a factor in the game, Liberty increased its defensive pressure, forced three turnovers and went on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 48-47.

"We need to work on feeling pressure," Connelly said. "Liberty is a good team and they played hard all night, but we got rattled when we didn't need to be."

The Warriors composed themselves enough to retake the lead on a pair of Matt Wetzel free throws. After a Wetzel steal, Kyle Kane hit two more foul shots to give Boonsboro a 51-48 advantage with under a minute left.

Faced with another deficit, Liberty began to struggle against Boonsboro's 1-3-1 defense and was forced to foul down the stretch. The Warriors hit only 2 of 6 foul shots in the last 30 seconds, but got offensive rebounds from Kane and Josh Miller - Miller laid his in to increase the lead to 54-48 - and Wetzel got his sixth steal as Boonsboro closed out the win.

"I was tempted to pull guys back, worried about over-the-back fouls," Connelly said. "We hustled to every ball all night on boards. We're rebounding as well as we have since I've been here.

"We fought the whole game and never got down. This team doesn't give up."

Josh Miller had eight rebounds and Chris Selby had seven to go with nine points for the Warriors. Kane finished with 11 points and Mike DeBarge had seven assists.

Ryan Miller had 13 points and Colton Weaver added 12 for the Lions.

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