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Gaels take fight from Warriors

December 06, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - For 18 minutes, the Boonsboro boys basketball team's season opener at home against St. Maria Goretti went just the way the Warriors had dreamed.

The last 14 were a painful nightmare.

Boonsboro scored the first basket of the second half to take a 26-21 lead, then collapsed as the Gaels scored the next 19 points and finished the game on a 32-9 run to hand the Warriors a 53-35 loss Friday night.

"They were more physical than we were in the second half, and they wanted it more," Warriors coach John Taylor said. "We basically fell apart."

The second-half stats told the story: Boonsboro (0-1) made just 5 of 26 field goals, 1 of 7 free throws and turned the ball over 14 times - 11 in the fourth quarter - to just one turnover for Goretti (3-3).

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The Gaels scored the last 16 points of the third quarter, with Stephon Berry scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the frame. Nic Martin had six of his 17 points in the quarter, and Goretti scored four straight baskets following offensive rebounds as they attacked the glass.

"I thought in the first half we watched a lot and didn't go to the glass," Goretti coach Chad Brashears said. "(Shane) Zbir did a good job rebounding in the first half for them, and in the second half, Stephon won that battle. (But) our difference-maker was Nic. He got into (Shane) Lowery a little bit, and our defense turned our offense on."

Lowery, Zbir and Cody Linton each scored six points in the first half as Boonsboro's tight 2-3 zone defense took the Gaels out of their offensive rhythm. Lowery finished with a team-high 11 points, and Zbir had nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Tyler Sterling scored all 10 of his points in the first half for Goretti, including a pair of 3-pointers, but he was the only Gael who hit his stride as the Warriors entered the break with a 24-21 lead.

"I was pleased with the way we played in the first half, but we have to put a full game together," Taylor said. "(Goretti) came out and played aggressive, and we got selfish, played too much 1-on-1, tried to do too much off the dribble and we weren't running our sets."

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