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Clear Spring sinks Smithsburg in overtime

December 15, 2007|By JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Kyle Crist's coast-to-coast layup with two seconds left in regulation forced overtime, and Clear Spring took advantage of numerous trips to the foul line in the extra period to defeat Smithsburg 63-60 on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

"Our guys played to win tonight," Blazers coach Mark Shives said. "It's been a struggle with our basketball program in the last couple of years. I saw a lot of fire in that locker room after that game tonight that I have not seen in a long time with Clear Spring. I was impressed with the way we did not back down after they made their run in the fourth quarter."

Point guard Josh Conway snapped a 50-50 tie by sinking a pair of foul shots with six seconds left to give Smithsburg (0-3, 0-1) a 52-50 lead over Clear Spring (2-0, 1-0).

But Crist quickly dribbled down the court through the Leopards' defense and made an easy layup to tie it at 52 and send the game into overtime.

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"We had a little breakdown obviously at the end of regulation that enabled them to go into overtime," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said.

Clear Spring made the most of its offensive rebounds and foul shots. The Blazers made seven of their 12 foul shots in overtime as they outscored the Leopards 11-8 in extra time. Overall, the Blazers made 25 of 38 free throws.

"Their second-chance opportunities were a big difference in the ballgame," Gerber said. "They had 16 offensive rebounds. They got to the free throw line more than us. I thought Clear Spring played pretty well."

Smithsburg's foul trouble bit the Leopards at the end. Steve Whitt fouled out with 1:40 left in regulation, and Conway was lost just one minute into overtime.

"We had to play the overtime period with two of our top players on the bench," Gerber said. "I thought that we battled well without them."

Sophomore guard Brandon Glazer finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for Clear Spring. Keith Gilchrist added 15 points, five steals and four assists, Crist had 12 points, Bret Turner had 10 points and Cody Englehart added 10 rebounds and three blocks.

Senior guard Josh Edwards finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Terry Sword added 12 points and seven rebounds for Smithsburg. Whitt had 13 points and Conway had 10 points.

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