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Smithsburg upsets Williamsport in OT

February 16, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

WILLIAMSPORT - Steve Kretzer scored three points in the final 35 seconds of overtime Friday as Smithsburg stunned Williamsport 52-47 in MVAL Antietam boys basketball action.

After Williamsport (15-3, 7-1) rebounded from a 28-11 deficit in the third quarter for a 41-41 tie in regulation, Smithsburg (7-13, 3-5) took command in the four-minute overtime to win its fourth straight game while handing the division leaders a defeat.

Kretzer cemented the decision with a foul shot, followed by a steal and a reverse layup to sour Williamsport's "Senior Night" gathering.

Josh Edwards provided Smithsburg with a 49-45 lead with three late foul shots but Williamsport's Sean Dixon countered with two clutch free throws to chop the deficit to two points.

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Kretzer then took over.

The junior guard hit a foul shot with 34.9 left before stealing a pass and driving the length of the floor for his layup. It forced Williamsport to look for a desperation 3-point basket to tie the game and force a second overtime, but it handed the Wildcats their first league loss of the season.

"This was a hard-fought game," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "We have lost so many second-half leads this season, we're much better than our record indicates. We have now beat Williamsport and Brunswick, two very talented basketball teams."

With Steve Whitt and Edwards turning in outstanding first-half efforts, Smithsburg raced to a 26-11 advantage at the intermission but Williamsport gradually eased back into the game and forced the overtime.

"Whitt had a great first half and everyone contributed in the second half," Gerber said. "I thought our matchup zone defense bothered them (Williamsport was outscored 19-3 in the second period) but we played hard the entire game."

Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray noticed that intensity.

"It looked like they wanted the game a little more than us, they played hard and determined," Mowbray said. "We'll live to play another day. We must learn from this loss. We have to put it behind us."

Taking nothing away from the Smithsburg effort, Williamsport had a sorry shooting performance and it proved costly.

The Wildcats were 15-of-54 from the field and 14-of-28 foul shots.

"We had some wonderful shots but they didn't drop," Mowbray said. "We also turned the ball over too much and didn't play with much intensity."

Williamsport led 8-2 early but was outscored 24-3 for the remainder of the first half to put itself in trouble.

Whitt had 19 points and Edwards added 14 - including nine each in the first half - while Dixon led Williamsport with 13 points and and Minnick added 12.

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