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Blazers singe Warriors

January 05, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

CLEAR SPRING - The Clear Spring boys basketball team outscored Boonsboro, 22-6, in the third quarter Friday night and coasted to a 66-51 MVAL Antietam victory.

The Blazers (6-2, 2-1) had their hands full in the first 16 minutes but settled down in the third quarter to take control the rest of the way.

"We came out flat, it took us a while to get things going," Clear Spring coach Mark Shives said. "The first quarter, in particular, was just chaos. We talked at halftime about being more patient on offense and more aggressive on defense. Our guards did a nice job in the second half and the big men came through."

Clear Spring - which has only three seniors on the varsity roster - finished with four players in double figures and held a clear rebounding advantage.

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"Jordan Lavendar (13 points) and Cody Engelhart (11 points) came off the bench and put up significant numbers," Shives said. "I also thought (sophomore) Brandon Glazer did a nice job with 10 points and seven assists. He grew up tonight. He played some major minutes."

The balanced attack also featured Keith Gilchrist with nine rebounds and seven assists while Jordan Thurber and Englehart added seven rebounds each.

Boonsboro (1-8, 0-2) suffered its seventh straight loss but played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in the first half to trail by only 31-28 at the intermission.

"This is not the first time this has happened," Boonsboro coach John Taylor said of the third-quarter meltdown. "We played hard but we just got tired in the second half and allowed them to dictate the tempo. They beat us in transition and their shots dropped. We tried to run with them but it didn't work out."

Junior guard Shane Lowery led the Boonsboro attack with 13 points - including 11 in the first half.

The teams combined for 28 turnovers, 15 by the Warriors.

"We showed again we can have a winning program here," Shives said. "Winning is contagious."

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