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Boonsboro blows lead, wins game

February 16, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO - Under normal circumstances, Boonsboro senior Jordan Young might not have even been on the floor at the end of the game Friday night against Catoctin.

Fortunately for the Warriors, he was.

Young replaced Shane Zbir with just over a minute remaining and scored the winning basket at the buzzer to lift Boonsboro to a 60-59 MVAL Antietam win.

"I felt like I had to fill his shoes," said Young, who finished with six points. "That's a lot of expectations."

Zbir was saddled with foul trouble throughout the game and picked up his fifth with 1:09 left. Young stepped in before Catoctin senior Matty

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Thompson hit a pair of free throws to pull the score to 58-56.

Trey Thompson hit a 3-pointer from the right baseline with 10 seconds left to give Catoctin a 59-58 edge - its first lead since 2-0 at the start of the game.

Without a timeout, Boonsboro play on the fly. Tyler Walsh's 3 from the left wing was well short, but Young was there to catch the air ball and put it back while in mid-air, just ahead of the buzzer as the Warriors escaped with the win to snap a four-game losing skid.

"I was looking for the fast break. I was wide open initially," said Young, who said the shot was the best of his prep basketball career. "Then (Walsh) took the shot, so I was looking for a rebound. It was excellent."

Boonsboro (5-14, 3-5) had no business being in position to lose, especially after the way it started the game. The Warriors hit 10 of 15 shots in the first quarter and used a 15-0 run to take a 33-7 lead with 5:24 left in the first half.

Catoctin missed 12 consecutive shots during a scoring drought of more than five minutes before Justin Albright's 3 ended the funk. The Cougars (4-16, 2-6) still trailed by 19 at halftime.

The Warriors went 7-for-21 from the field with 12 turnovers in the second half as Catoctin began to inch back into the game. The Cougars used an 11-point run to cut the gap to 56-54 with 2:15 left in the game.

"They were a little overconfident, up 19 at the half," Taylor said. "I told them (Catoctin) would come back, play hard and make a game out of it. Sure enough, they did."

Thompson scored eight points in the final 3 1/2 minutes, including a 3 to take the lead, which was the last thing the Warriors wanted - or expected.

Zbir scored 10 of his 12 points in the first quarter and Seth Poffenberger also scored 12 for the Warriors. Keith Welch scored nine points off the bench and Shane Lowery had five assists.

Matty Thompson led Catoctin with 21 points and Trey Thompson added 10.

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