Blazers roll past Wildcats

January 17, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring boys haven't had the edge on the scoreboard against Williamsport often in recent years.

That changed Friday night.

For the first time since Feb. 24, 2004, Clear Spring won a basketball game against Williamsport, beating the No. 6 Wildcats 62-52 in an MVAL Antietam tussle.

"We really wanted this one," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. "We laid an egg against (Williamsport) last year and shot the season."

The loss was the first for Williamsport (6-3, 3-1) in the Antietam and kept the Blazers (8-2, 3-2) reasonably close behind Brunswick. Williamsport still has two games with Brunswick and a Clear Spring rematch.


Shives called a 19-19 first-half tie "sketchy," but he had his Blazers roaring in the third quarter, eventually taking control of the game with an 11-0 run to produce a 39-31 lead.

"We cut out the first-half turnovers, we wanted uptempo and we got it in the second half," said Shives. "We got (Williamsport) out of their transition game and into ours."

Clear Spring had 14 of its 22 turnovers in the first half, but only three in the turnaround third quarter.

Kyle Crist hit a 3-pointer for a 31-31 tie and the Blazers went on top for good following a Williamsport turnover when Cody Lerch scored for a 33-31 lead. Crist hit for nine points in the quarter.

Crist then produced 14 more points in the last eight minutes, many coming in open floor transition on the way to a career-high 26 points.

"We struggled a little in the first half put we started to push the ball up and we took some chances in the second half," said Crist.

"Everybody knows this is what Kyle is capable of doing," said Shives. "He is a senior leader and he hit some big shots."

Williamsport got within 45-38 with five minutes left before Cody Englehart scored and Crist followed with a 3-pointer from the left corner for a 12-point margin -- one the Wildcats couldn't close.

"We settled down with the ball in the third quarter and our big men really helped out on defense," said Shives. "Down the stretch, (Jordan) Thurber scored on some nice back door plays."

Williamsport had its shot opportunities but hit only 19 of 60 from the floor. Even more stressful for coach Scott Mowbray was the rebounding as Clear Spring pounded out a 40-22 advantage.

"We did not compete the way we are capable," said Mowbray. "We got pushed around. In the second half we couldn't keep (Clear Spring) out of the lane."

Thurber had 11 points for the Blazers and Englehart had 15 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Jordan Lavender contributed nine rebounds and six points.

Michael Warrenfeltz scored 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. McCauley added 14 and Stephen Cristy had 11 for the Wildcats.

Clear Spring 62, Williamsport 52

Arnone 4, Warrenfeltz 16, McKenrick 5, McCauley 14, Christy 11, Easterling 2. Totals 20 11-16 52.
CLEAR SPRING (8-2, 3-2)
Crist 26, Thurber 11, Englehart 6, Lavendar 6, Glazer 7, Banzhoff 1, Lerch 5. Totals 23 14-26 62.
Williamsport 9 10 12 21 -- 52
Clear Spring 9 10 20 23 -- 62

3-point goals -- Williamsport 1 (Christy), Clear Spring 2 (Crist 2). Fouled out -- McCauley. JV -- Williamsport, 51-28 (W: Xavier Green 18; CS: Nick Hill 8).

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