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Lions' 'D' holds own

December 14, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

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    HAGERSTOWN -- The Broadfording Christian Academy boys basketball team made its biggest statement by doing absolutely nothing.

    That's because the Lions made sure Heritage Academy did even less.

    Broadfording held Heritage scoreless for a 6-minute, 32-second stretch of the second quarter on Monday -- most of it with Iver Silva on the bench -- to battle its way to a 50-44 Mason Dixon Christian Conference victory.

    Heritage scored on an Aaron Clark drive for a 15-14 lead with 6:58 remaining in the first half. From there, the Eagles' offense slowed to a trickle.

    The problem compounded when Broadfording regained the lead on a pair of Silva baskets for an 18-15 lead before he committed a charging foul with 4:16 to go in the half. Even with Silva, the Lions' most active player, on the bench -- be it accidentally -- the game went scoreless for the next 2 minutes, 40 seconds as Broadfording maintained the lead.

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"I was a little apprehensive when Iver went to the bench," Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz. "I thought (Heritage) would take advantage of his absence. But I have to give a lot of credit to the rest of the kids. They really stepped up the defense."

Clutz admitted he benched Silva because he thought the guard had three fouls. As it turned out, he only had two, but the move didn't seem to bother the Lions (5-1, 3-0).

Heritage outscored Broadfording 4-3 in the final 36 seconds of the half and trailed 21-19 at the intermission. The Lions held their own without Silva, who had eight points and seven rebounds in the half.

"(Silva) was getting on the offensive glass," said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. "We have some young players and we were not able to attack the zone."

The second half rivaled a chess match as Broadfording led the final 16 minutes, but never by more than seven points. Silva made sure the Lions had the upper hand by hitting a foul shot and a 3-pointer in the first minute for a 25-19 advantage that Broadfording protected the rest of the night.

Heritage (2-2, 2-1) moved within one point six times over an eight-minute span overlapping the third and fourth quarters, but could never get the lead. Clark and Travis Barthalow kept the Eagles close, fighting inside for baskets.

Nothing came easy for Heritage, though.

"We don't score easily," Kidd said. "Because of that, we can't allow stickbacks. (Broadfording) is very talented and hit the boards well. We are just proud because our kids battled for the entire 32 minutes."

Broadfording took total control on a stickback by Silva on his own missed shot for the last of his game-high 26 points to give the Lions a 47-42 lead with 1:16 remaining.

Heritage tried to get back into the game at the foul line, but only hit 2 of 9 free throws down the stretch.

"We had no rhythm offensively and we didn't have good shot selection, but we had perseverance," Clutz said. "We told the kids at practice and reminded them at halftime that we had to keep the lead because Heritage runs the best delay game in the county."

Pete Craddock finished with 13 points and Silva had 13 rebounds for Broadfording.

Clark led Heritage with 18 points while Barthalow added 16 and Andrew Harrell had 10 for all the Eagles' scoring.

"We are happy," Kidd said. "We had a chance at the end. This is only the fourth game of the year and the tournament is months away. We have time to fix things."

Broadfording 50, Heritage 44
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (5-1, 3-0)

Blanks 2 0-0 5, Silva 10 5-7 26, Hirsch 0 1-3 1, Craddock 6 0-0 13, Whitt 0 1-2 1, Wyand 0 4-4 4. Totals 18 11-18 50.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (2-2, 2-1)
Clark 7 2-3 18, Barthalow 6 4-12 16, Harrell 4 2-4 10. Totals 17 8-19 44.
Broadfording 13 8 12 17 -- 50
Heritage 10 9 13 12 -- 44

Three-point goals -- Broadfording 3 (Blanks, Silva, Craddock); Heritage 2 (Clark 2). Fouled out -- Harrell.

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