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Blazers hold off pesky Panthers

December 11, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

HANCOCK -- Some coaches just don't like certain venues, and for Clear Spring coach Mark Shives, Hancock's gym is one of them.

"I just don't like playing here. It's just a tough place to play," said Shives after his Blazers staved off Hancock 55-44 on Friday night.

On three different occasions, Clear Spring built leads but could not deliver the knockout punch.

"Wins are nice, but I won't accept just a 'W,'" said Shives. "We gave up three leads because we have not found the killer instinct."

Brandon Glazer's 14 first-half points had the Blazers on top 26-20 at the break. Glazer hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second period for a 24-17 lead after Hancock had sliced a 10-point edge down to one.

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A nine-point lead dwindled to 29-28 with 6:40 left in the third period when Hancock's Jarrod McCoy hit a 3-pointer.

Then the big blast came from Clear Spring (2-1), a 16-2 run that stretched into the beginning of the fourth quarter. Glazer hit a trey and a conventional three-point play and the Blazers appeared to be in a comfort zone with a 45-30 lead.

"We tried to throw some gimmick defenses at them and Jarrod began to pick things up with his leadership," said Hancock coach Ron Hose.

Both factors helped Hancock (1-1) get back in the tussle with a 14-2 run, which included 10 points by McCoy to whittle the gap back to 49-44 with 2:16 remaining.

However, a turnover by Hancock appeared to turn the momentum back to the Blazers, who finished the scoring by making six of eight free throws.

Glazer finished with a game-high 25 points and was supported by Cody Englehart's 11-point, eight-rebound effort. Joel Rowe had eight points and eight boards.

"Englehart showed some flashes tonight," said Shives. "He's still going through the maturation process. And with Rowe, it shows we can be a physical team. I was pleased with their efforts.

McCoy led Hancock with 18 points and Nick Harvey had eight rebounds to lead Hancock.

"We thought we could keep (Glazer) in check with some different looks," said Hose. "At times I thought we did. But I liked our effort tonight."

Clear Spring 55, Hancock 44
CLEAR SPRING (2-1)

Braithwaite 2-4 0-0 4, Glazer 8-13 6-7 25, Englehart 5-11 1-3 11, Rowe 1-7 6-8 8, Banzhoff 1-3 0-0 2, Elwood 1-3 1-2 3, Schilling 1-2 0-0 2, Schrader 0-1 0-0 0, Mellott 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 14-20 55.
HANCOCK (1-1)
Harvey 1-2 0-0 2, Lanehart 3-5 2-3 8, McCoy 6-17 3-5 18, True 2-6 0-0 4, Wiles 0-0 3-4 3, E. Martin 3-5 0-0 6, Heller 1-3 1-6 3, Ray 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-39 9-18 44.
Clear Spring 16 10 16 13 -- 55
Hancock 12 9 9 14 -- 44

3-point goals--Clear Spring 3 (Glazer 3), Hancock 3 (McCoy 3). Rebounds--Clear Spring 25 (Rowe 8, Englehart 8), Hancock 25 (Harvey 8). Turnovers--Clear Spring 9, Hancock 17. JV--Clear Spring 62-37 (CS: Nick Hill 11, Matt Harbaugh 11), Hancock (Vinnie Foreman 11).

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