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Hobel, Beall shoot down Boonsboro

January 14, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - Beall guard David Hobel did his best imitation of an NBA sharpshooter and powered the Mountaineers past Boonsboro 66-46 on Saturday night.

Hobel, who finished with a game-high 23 points, lit up Boonsboro early with 10 points in the opening period, including two 3-pointers, and followed with two more treys in the second quarter as Beall blistered the nets at a 71 percent shooting clip (15-for-21) in the opening half on the way to a 42-21 lead.

"We were in a man defense, switched to a zone, but we weren't getting any help off of their screens to recognize where (Hobel) was at," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly.

The Warriors (5-4), coming off a Friday contest while Beall was idle, stuck with the Mountaineers through the first period and were tied at 13 after a pair of baskets from Adam Flook and one from Chris Selby.

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But Beall (10-1) came out smoking offensively and torched the Warriors with a 20-0 run to start the second quarter behind Hobel's connections and another six points from Corey Greig.

Boonsboro didn't score until 2:14 was left on two free throws by Matt Wetzel to stop the run.

By the half, Hobel had 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting. He added a fifth 3-pointer in the third period.

"We were ready to play in the first quarter, but for some reason we came out flat in the second quarter," said Connelly. "It was a coaching mistake. I should have called a timeout earlier instead of waiting until the lead got too big (30-15). By then it was too late."

Beall, which lost its only game by two points and is now 4-0 in games played in Washington County, shot 57 percent for the game (24 of 42) while the Warriors hit 18 of 38, including just 1 of 15 from beyond the arc.

"I know (Boonsboro) played Friday and it's hard to duplicate it again," said Beall coach Bob Nelson. "I thought our defense for seven minutes in the second quarter was the difference. We wanted to stop Flook and DeBarge."

Flook, who dropped 38 points on North Hagerstown on Friday in a 66-48 victory, managed only 13 points Saturday. He managed a lone 3-pointer in 11 attempts.

"His shot was a little rushed and that was Beall's defense," said Connelly.

Boonsboro's best offense came inside, as Chris Selby led the Warriors with 17 points. He also had six rebounds.

Greig had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Beall and Chad Harris contributed 13 points off the bench.

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