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Glazer ignites Blazers

December 18, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

CLEAR SPRING -- The Clear Spring boys basketball team was glacial to start Friday night.

It was cold and very slow moving.

But in the second half, the Blazers were Glazer.

Point guard Brandon Glazer moved the Blazers in a quicker tempo to beat Catoctin's sticky 1-3-1 defense to take control of the second half and the game in a 73-53 win over the Cougars in an MVAL Antietam matchup.

"Glazer's emotion and leadership was something," said Clear Spring coach Mark Shives. "We fed off of it and so did the crowd. We haven't had that. It was his coming-out party."

Glazer finished with 29 points, while Cody Englehart finished with 22 to give the Blazers (3-2, 1-1) a tough inside-outside combination that accounted for 69 percent of Clear Spring's points.

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Maybe the biggest reason for the turnaround came at the halftime buzzer.

Clear Spring was saddled with early foul problems, sending three players to the bench with two calls to start the game. The Blazers put Catoctin in bonus in the first 4 minutes, 11 seconds of the game and in the double bonus with 7:28 to go in the half.

But Catoctin had problems connecting on shots and trailed 24-20 at the half.

The second half gave Clear Spring a new lease on life.

Glazer got the offense in gear and Englehart controlled the middle as the Blazers either beat the Cougars' defense down the floor or went over the top of it.

Englehart scored nine of Clear Spring's first 11 points of the second half and Glazer got the other two to give the Blazers a 35-25 advantage.

"We made some adjustments, but the biggest thing was we got all our starters back on the floor," Shives said. "We got penetration from the top and Englehart did a great job cleaning up the messes underneath."

Clear Spring's faster tempo put the foul saddle on Catoctin (2-3, 0-2) in the second half. The Cougars put Clear Spring in the bonus at the 2:04 mark of the third quarter and in the double bonus with 1:10 left in the period. The two teams combined for 48 fouls, 24 on each team.

Clear Spring led 52-43 after three quarters and by as many as 27 points before settling for the 20-point victory.

Kolby Maly led Catoctin with 15 points, while Kellam Maxey finished with 13.

"We got some easy baskets and that put them on their heels," Shives said. "And then when we got into the set offense, we pounded it in. That's what we have to do."

Clear Spring 73, Catoctin 53
CATOCTIN (2-3, 0-2)

Ammenheuser 1 0-0 2, Ausherman 1 0-0 2, Hertel 0 1-2 1, Maly 4 6-8 15, Maxey 6 1-7 13, Myers 3 0-0 6, Reaver 1 1-4 3, Routzahn 0 1-2 1, Tylicki 0 2-2 2.
CLEAR SPRING (3-2, 1-1)
Banzoff 1 2-2 4, Braithwaite 1 0-1 2, Englehart 9 4-5 22, Rowe 2 4-4 8, Glazer 8 12-13 29, Robison 1 0-0 2, Elwood 1 0-0 2, Mellott 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 22-25 73.
Catoctin 10 10 13 20 -- 53
Clear Spring 8 16 28 21 -- 73

3-point goals -- Catoctin 1 (Maly), Clear Spring 1 (Glazer). Clear Spring 1 (Rowe). JV -- Clear Spring, 47-38 (CS: Mick Hill 12, Mikey Sensenbaugh 12).

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