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Williamsport rolls over Clear Spring

January 16, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport stepped on the gas pedal from the opening tipoff Tuesday night and rolled to an 81-62 victory over Clear Spring in MVAL Antietam action.

The No. 7 Wildcats (9-1, 5-0) had a 9-0 lead on the Blazers just 1:15 into the game, well before the fans had warmed their seats.

Greg Minnick scored the first two buckets on the way to a 21-point, six-rebound, three-assist performance for Williamsport. The Wildcats led 23-10 after the first quarter and 40-24 at halftime as Minnick tallied 14 points.

"We played hard and worked the ball around to get good shots," said Minnick. "I just try to get good positioning and work off the screens."

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Williamsport opened up a 50-26 lead early in the third period and coach Scott Mowbray began to filter his entire bench into the game, which led to all 12 Wildcats reaching the scoring column.

"We had some early success pressuring their passes, that got us a big lead and we were able to get everyone in to score," said Mowbray. "I thought we got a lot out of our offense off screens and sets and played very well."

Williamsport shot 62 percent (29 of 47) from the field, most all its shots coming in the paint.

Keith Gilchrist had 12 of his team-leading 16 points in the second half for the Blazers (7-4, 2-3), who threatened with a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter that whittled the deficit to 74-62 before Williamsport closed out with a 7-0 string.

Clear Spring appeared flat from the outset, which didn't sit well with coach Mark Shives.

"You do what you can do to motivate players and knowing you are coming to (Williamsport) to play a team with a reputation, you would think we would want to show them where we stand," said Shives. "We came in and looked like we were scared to death. That's the picture I saw tonight."

The Blazers were fortunate to hit 20 of 24 from the foul line, having suffered with 33 percent shooting from the floor in the first half and finishing at 42 percent. Clear Spring committed 26 turnovers which helped lead to 25 Williamsport points.

Eric Wilfong had 11 points for Williamsport. Jordan Thurber had 13 points and Kyle Crist had 12 for Clear Spring.

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