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All-County Boys Basketball -- Mowbray kept Williamsport together

April 03, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
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WILLIAMSPORT -- Scott Mowbray and the Williamsport boys basketball team had their share of problems to deal with during the 2009-10 season.

When it came to the injury bug, Williamsport was hit early in the campaign. As the season wore on, players who were healthy when the year started were in physical strain.

Mowbray, in his sixth year at Williamsport, had to make adjustments with his personnel after 6-foot-5 junior Stephen Christy went out with a serious back injury that forced him to miss practically the entire regular season.

But Mowbray's players bought into the changes he needed to make, and the Wildcats proceeded to march to a 20-5 campaign and reach the Maryland Class 1A West championship game.

Mowbray is The Herald-Mail's 2010 Washington County Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, as selected by his colleagues.

"Our goals at the beginning of the season are to win the league and the region, but when you fall short of your major goals it leaves a little bit of a bitter taste," said Mowbray. "But after sitting back and reflecting, it was a good year and a year to be proud of."

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Everyone accepted different roles following the injury to Christy.

"Connor Arnone stepped up and became more of an offensive threat," said Mowbray. "Trey Malott moved from the perimiter to a post. Casey McKenrick wasn't able to stay out on the perimiter and had to play with his back to the basket and that wasn't his real forte.

"They responded, and that also gave Brandon McCauley more of an opportunity to develop into the player he became."

Williamsport battled illness and injuries during a two-week stretch late in the season. Malott continued to play with a pinched nerve and a bulging disc.

"I wanted to shut him down, but he kept begging that he wanted to play," said Mowbray. "He was a glue and a backbone."

The Wildcats missed out on the MVAL Antietam title by one-half game to North Hagerstown, playing one less league game due to postponements.

Mowbray, who formerly coached at Clear Spring and was 57-57 in five seasons, now has a 101-46 career record at Williamsport.

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