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Third is no charm for 'Cats

January 31, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT -- It was another night of frustration in the third quarter for the Williamsport boys basketball team.

In their last four outings -- all losses -- the Wildcats have allowed 21, 24, 25 and 20 points in the third period.

On Friday, it proved to be catastrophic once again as the Wildcats failed in their effort to catch MVAL Antietam leader Brunswick, losing 62-48 to the Railroaders.

"We've got a third quarter bugaboo," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "It's been a black eye in this losing streak."

Michael Warrenfeltz scored 13 points to guide Williamsport (6-6, 3-2) to a tenuous 22-21 lead before Brunswick (10-3, 5-0) made defensive adjustments at halftime which shook up the Wildcats.

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"We changed to a 2-3 and 1-2-2 zone defense and we kept them from second-shot opportunities," said Brunswick coach Dan McLane. "We were able to get out and go in transition."

Indeed, the Railroaders transitioned with plenty of coal in the engine.

Deadlocked at 26-26, Brunswick forced consecutive turnovers and converted on both, the second a 3-point play by Keith Conerly for a 31-26 lead with 3:40 remaining in the third period.

Two more turnovers allowed Brunswick to jettison to a 40-29 margin with 1:50 to play including a second conventional 3-point play in transition by Shawn Baker.

Williamsport never got closer then nine points the rest of the way.

"We were passive against their zone," said Mowbray. "We should be attacking a zone and instead they forced us to a one-and-out.

"(Brunswick) got out on the go off our turnovers and that's their philosophy to run," said Mowbray.

One bright spot for the Wildcats was the play inside of Warrenfeltz, who posted a career-high 24 points and helped his team to a 30-28 margin on the boards by pulling down 14 boards. Stephen Christy added 11 points for the Wildcats.

Brunswick had a balanced attack with four in double figures, led by Marcus Hall's 16 points. Justin Stone had 15 and Conerly and Baker each contributed 11 points. Stone also had seven rebounds.

Williamsport turns right around with a makeup game tonight on the Wildcat floor at 7 p.m. against North Hagerstown.

Brunswick 62, Williamsport 48
BRUNSWICK (10-3, 5-0)

Baker 11, Conerly 11, Stone 15, Hall 16, Buhr 2, Foltz 4, Roderick 1, Fisher 2. Totals 24 13-16 62.
WILLIAMSPORT (6-6, 3-2)
Arnone 5, Christy 11, Warrenfeltz 24, McCauley 6, McKenrick 2. Totals 20 8-11 48.
Brunswick 11 10 21 20 -- 62
Williamsport 13 9 7 19 -- 48

3-point goals -- Brunswick (Baker). JV -- Williamsport, 48-40 (B: Joey Martin 13, W: Brandon McCauley 17).

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