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Southern Fulton covers all the angles

December 30, 2009|By DAN KAUFFMAN

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Southern Fulton boys basketball coach Kent Hendershot had to be pleased with what he saw as the Indians defeated host Berkeley Springs 62-44 on Tuesday night to win the 24th annual Tri-State Shootout for the first time since 2006.

Southern Fulton (6-0) played well in all areas, making 25 of 48 field goals (52 percent), outrebounding Berkeley Springs 23-20 and forcing 20 turnovers while committing only 11. It added up to a convincing victory.

"That's what we try to do, especially against good teams," Hendershot said. "We have to play solid in all aspects to compete, and that's what we did tonight. This team is doing a nice job meshing, running the backdoor cuts, helping each other out, and it's allowing us to be successful and look good at times."

Tournament MVP Luke Mellott had 19 points and six rebounds to lead Southern Fulton. Ryan Harper had 17 points and three steals, Dylan Whiteside had 11 points, four assists and three steals, and Seth Hall added four assists.

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After taking a 16-13 lead through one quarter, Southern Fulton increased the lead to 11 points before Berkeley Springs (4-2) cut the lead to 32-27 at halftime. But Southern Fulton scored the first seven points of the second half, and Berkeley Springs failed to threaten again.

"The boys started doubting themselves, and once that happened, there was nothing we could do," Berkeley Springs coach Joel Silver said. "We had turnovers at the wrong times. Turnovers are never good, but when we're trying to make a run, that's an emotional killer."

Erick Moss had 16 points, Brady Spielman had 11 points and six rebounds, and Robert Willard added five rebounds, three assists and three steals for Berkeley Springs, which made 18 of 35 shots (51 percent).

Clear Spring (4-3) easily dispatched Hancock (1-5) in the third-place game, 67-40. Blazers coach Mark Shives, however, was still steaming over Monday night's 45-43 loss to Southern Fulton.

"We want to apologize for the performance we put on to the town of Clear Spring," Shives said. "Tonight is a consolation game and we didn't come up here to play a consolation game, but we didn't play yesterday like we wanted to be in the championship game, either. ... The effort tonight was better, but if we're going to turn this ship around and win in the conference and in our region, our kids need to learn how to play 32 minutes."

Brandon Glazer had 15 points, four assists and four steals, Cody Englehart had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Joel Rowe and Donald Schilling each added nine points for Clear Spring. The Blazers forced 27 Hancock turnovers while committing only 12, and built leads of 19-9 after one quarter, 35-16 at halftime and 51-23 after three quarters.

Garrett Wiles had 10 points and Jarrod McCoy added nine points and five rebounds for Hancock. Nick Harvey and Spencer Heller each had six rebounds.

n The all-tournament team: Southern Fulton -- Mellott, Whiteside; Berkeley Springs -- Moss, Spielman; Clear Spring -- Glazer; Hancock -- Ethan Martin.

Southern Fulton 62, Berkeley Springs 44
SOUTHERN FULTON (6-0)

Harper 8 1-4 17, Mellott 8 3-3 19, Whiteside 3 4-5 11, Calderon 1 0-0 2, Younker 3 1-1 7, Gordon 1 0-0 3, Hall 1 0-1 3. Totals 25-48 9-14 62.
BERKELEY SPRINGS (4-2)
Moss 7 2-4 16, Willard 1 0-0 3, Spielman 4 3-4 11, Tyser 0 2-2 2, Farrell 3 0-0 6, Wise 1 0-0 2, Redick 1 0-0 2, Recio 1 0-0 2. Totals 18-35 7-10 44.
So. Fulton 16 16 13 17 -- 62
Berk. Springs 13 14 5 12 -- 44

3-point goals -- Southern Fulton 3 (Whiteside, Gordon, Hall), Berkeley Springs 1 (Willard).

Clear Spring 67, Hancock 40
CLEAR SPRING (4-3)

Schilling 3 3-3 9, Braithwaite 2 0-0 6, Rowe 3 3-4 9, Banzhoff 0 3-4 3, Glazer 5 3-4 15, Englehart 5 2-2 12, Mellott 3 0-0 6, Hill 1 3-5 5, Elwood 1 0-0 2. Totals 23-65 17-22 67.
HANCOCK (1-5)
Wiles 4 1-3 10, True 3 0-0 6, E. Martin 3 0-1 6, McCoy 3 1-2 9, Harvey 3 0-4 6, Heller 1 1-4 3. Totals 17-46 3-14 40.
Clear Spring 19 16 16 16 -- 67
Hancock 9 7 7 17 -- 40

3-point goals -- Clear Spring 4 (Braithwaite 2, Glazer 2), Hancock 3 (Wiles, McCoy 2). Rebounds -- Clear Spring 36 (Englehart 10), Hancock 34 (Harvey, Heller 6). Turnovers -- Clear Spring 12, Hancock 27.

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