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A Flook ending

Boonsboro guard sinks 3 to down South

Boonsboro guard sinks 3 to down South

January 20, 2007|by TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - The basketball sailed through the air, hitting nothing but twine, and the crowd sounded like thousands as Adam Flook's 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining boosted Boonsboro to a 56-53 victory over South Hagerstown on Friday.

"We got beat by the best guard in the county," said South Hagerstown coach Dennis Seman.

The senior sharpshooter capped a 29-point performance with the shot, completing a rally that erased an eight-point deficit in the final three minutes that was ignited by an unlikely source.

Down 49-41, Brad Rohrer stepped behind the arc and nailed a 3-pointer that put renewed life in the Warriors. Flook followed a trey and hit a pair of free throws to move the Warriors within 52-49 with 1:27 to play.

Boonsboro's Kyle Kane hit a short shot with 41 seconds left to cut South's lead to 53-51.

Following a Rebels turnover, Flook missed a 3 but, Matt Wetzel rebounded while being fouled and converted both free throws to tie the game at 53-53 with 30 seconds remaining.

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South failed to score on its possession as Rohrer grabbed a rebound on a missed shot by Muhzammil Bhutto and got the ball to Flook, who lifted his game-winner from the left wing.

"We had a good practice Thursday and I felt good in warmups and I knew the shot was going in as soon as it left my palm," said Flook, who also has a 38-point effort on his resum this season.

"Winning a game this way is not how you draw it up," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly, who also said Rohrer's shot didn't surprise him.

Flook hit 11 of 21 shots, including four 3-pointers, and grabbed six rebounds as the Warriors (6-5, 3-2 MVAL Antietam) snapped a two-game losing streak and offset a 25-point effort by Bhutto.

South (3-9, 3-3) had a chance to put Boonsboro away but failed to put down the hammer.

The Rebels had fourth-quarter problems handling the basketball for a second straight night with 10 turnovers in the final eight minutes.

"The game was on the line and we were go-go-go and didn't stop and slow down to run our offense," said Seman of South's turnover woes. "We let the game slip away, but we'll be OK the second time around the league."

Bhutto, who hit 8 of 15 from the floor, was a one-man attack for the Rebels in the first half, scoring 18 of his points while guiding the South to a 27-25 halftime lead. But he was only able to muster only a 3-pointer in the final period to give the Rebels their last eight-point lead.

"We picked up things with some intensity on defense in the fourth period," said Connelly. "We were being outhustled the first three quarters and didn't understand how to play as a team. I thought we were able to exploit their zone in the end."

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