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Warriors edge Leopards to get first 'W'

December 22, 2008|By Jack Hill III

SMITHSBURG - Both Boonsboro and Smithsburg were winless before facing each other in Monday's MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

When everything was all said and done Monday night, the Warriors got into the win column, pulling out a 42-36 victory over the Leopards.

Boonsboro (1-6, 1-1) took advantage of a scoring drought by Smithsburg (0-5, 0-3).

"We went 23 straight possessions without scoring a point," Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. "That lasted from midway through the third quarter until the last possession of the game. We didn't attack their zone well. We have got to get better in attacking. We turned it over way too much while playing against a half-court zone defense. We made some bad turnovers in the second quarter that allowed them to get back into the game."

Boonsboro coach John Taylor claimed that the Warriors were much better prepared on defense in the second half.

"Earlier in the game, Smithsburg made a lot of entry passes low and beat us," Taylor said. "In the second half, Shane Zbir stepped up and took away the passing lanes. He was the post presence in the second half. His presence in the middle stopped them. We had our best free-throw-shooting performance so far this year, going 7-for-10."

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Smithsburg took the lead for the last time at 34-32 with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter on the fifth 3-pointer of the game by Josh Conway, who had 15 points.

Boonsboro tied the score at 34 with 1:15 to go in the quarter, and the score remained deadlocked entering the fourth.

The Warriors scored the first eight points in the fourth to complete a 10-0 run and take a 42-34 lead with 27 seconds left.

Zbir, a 6-foot-5 senior center, made a pair of foul shots nine seconds into the fourth quarter, then got a bucket midway through the period for Boonsboro. Shane Lowery was perfect on four free-throw attempts during the final minute.

Smithsburg got its only two points of the fourth quarter five seconds before the final buzzer.

Tyler Walsh and Zbir each had 10 points for Boonsboro. Zbir added eight rebounds and three blocks.

Boonsboro 42, Smithsburg 36
BOONSBORO (1-6, 1-1)

Welch 5, Lowery 15, Zbir 10, Walsh 10, Schottman 2. Totals 17 7-10 42.
SMITHSBURG (0-5, 0-3)
Conway 15, Orndorff 2, Kretzer 2, Edwards 1, Reed 8, Dinterman 8. Totals 15 1-5 36.
Boonsboro 6 12 16 8 -- 42
Smithsburg 13 11 10 2 -- 36

3-point goals -- Boonsboro 1 (Welch), Smithsburg 5 (Conway 5). JV: Smithsburg 64-48. (Boonsboro: Dylan Eavey -- 22 points. Smithsburg: Ryne Willard -- 15 points.)

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