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Flook finds new way to burn Blazers

January 03, 2007|by DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - Adam Flook's normally reliable long-range shot took an unscheduled vacation Tuesday night. So, the Boonsboro senior turned his game inside-out and still managed to carve up Clear Spring.

Flook slashed his way along the baseline and shook off his shooting woes to slam the Blazers for a game-high 23 points, and the Warriors shook off a slow start by pounding Clear Spring inside for a 68-55 victory in an MVAL Antietam game.

"He took the ball and started to go baseline more," Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly said. "Early, he was cold and he didn't have any rhythm."

Flook's outside shot didn't miss by much on a few attempts in the first quarter, but it kept falling farther off the mark as the game wore on.

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Instead of letting it take him out of his game, Flook changed his game, going to the basket and finding interior gaps in Clear Spring's zone defenses.

As Flook's game came around, so did the rest of the Warriors (4-1, 1-0). Josh Miller had 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Mike DeBarge had 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

"We had trouble in the first quarter finding our offensive consistency," Connelly said. "We started to go inside at the end of the first quarter and the start of the second quarter. Josh was playing real well, it was probably his best game, and Adam started taking it inside. We started to attack their defense."

The Warriors led 26-23 at halftime, and they started pulling away in the second half, in large part because of Chris Selby. The junior scored all 16 of his points after halftime.

"He was on vacation last week and we didn't have him (at the Musselman Tournament)," Connelly said. "It was nice to have him back. He's been a nice surprise this year. He really finishes around the rim. We challenged him at halftime and he responded well."

Brett Turner scored 20 points to lead Clear Spring (3-4, 0-2), while Steve Munson added 11. The Blazers gave Boonsboro fits when they got the ball inside to Turner and Tyler Shipler - who scored seven points - as the two big men used fancy footwork and agility to score down low.

But poor guard play led to 22 turnovers, and poor shooting - 19-for-55 overall (34.5 percent) and 3-for-19 in the final quarter (15.8 percent) - doomed Clear Spring.

"Our big guys accepted the challenge and played a great game," Blazers coach Mark Shives said. "I was unhappy with our guard play from the get-go. It was our downfall."

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