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Leopards find some power in their offense

January 02, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER

SMITHSBURG - Eric Gerber probably never expected to hear the phrase offensive firepower used to describe his Smithsburg boys basketball team.

But the Leopards' 26-point second period propelled them to their highest output of the season, and their second victory of the year, a 66-51 decision over Catoctin in an MVAL Antietam contest on Friday.

"That's just a very unusual number for us," said Gerber of the 26-point second period. "We got some good looks and were able to put them down."

Alan Reid scored a game-high 15 points, including seven in the second period, and added 10 rebounds as Smithsburg (2-6, 1-3) hit nine of 13 field goal attempts with the help of nine Cougars turnovers.

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"We just turned the ball over too often," said Catoctin coach Ryan Oman. "We had some traveling calls, and were called for turning the ball over, and that just took the wind out of our sails. It seemed like whenever we needed to hit a shot we couldn't get one."

Trailing by 12 at the half, the Cougars (2-5, 1-1) closed the gap to 46-38 with less than 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Joe Edwards added some punch from off the bench, scoring seven points in the Leopards decisive 12-4 run that extended the lead to 58-42.

"That's what we expect out of Joe, and that's what he can do," said Gerber. "He gave us a spark, and played a nice overall floor game."

Both teams got off to a slow start, as the Cougars got their first points of the game with 3:28 left in the first period, with Smithsburg leading just 4-0.

But Catoctin with the Leopards' defense clogging the middle - was never able to establish an offensive rhythm.

"We try to preach driving and attacking (the defense)," said Oman, "but when they had some big bodies in there, we shied away a little."

Justin Albright, Braden Myers and Landon Routzahn sparked the Cougars with 13, 12 and 11 points respectively, while Aaron Dinterman and Steve Kretzer added 12 and 11 points for Smithsburg.

Smithsburg 66, Catoctin 51
CATOCTIN (2-5, 1-1)

Albright 13, Myers 12, Maly 5, Szabados 6, Routzahn 11, Schwab 2, Reaver 2, Totals 17 13-19 51.
SMITHSBURG (2-6, 1-3)
Conway 6, Kretzer 11, Edwards 9, Shives 7, Schroyer 4, Reed 15, Schwartz 2, Dinterman 12, Totals 22 19-31 66.
Catoctin 8 16 14 13 - 51
Smithsburg 10 26 12 18 - 66

Albright, Routzahn). Smithsburg 3 (Kretzer, Edwards, Shives). Fouled out: None. JVs: Smithsburg, 53-37. (C- Nick Maxcy, 15; S-Dylan Ianaro 17).

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