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Leopards run past Warriors

December 21, 2010|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Smithsburg boys basketball team earned its first road win in rousing fashion Tuesday night, routing Boonsboro 69-37. The Leopards took advantage of their new full-court pressure scheme to pile up 22 turnovers and run away with the MVAL Antietam win.

Leading the charge on defense was Cullan Ganley who — despite scoring only four points — came up with six steals.

“This defense is a little new for us,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “We’re picking up the full-court pressure and keeping the tempo up.”

The Leopards (2-2, 2-1) never trailed, though they only had a five-point lead heading into the second quarter. Aaron Dinterman scored seven of his 12 points in the first quarter, while Aaron Miranda of the Warriors (1-4, 0-3) scored four of his team-leading 10 points.

In the second quarter, Smithsburg started to pull away. Jordan Fortson led the way, scoring nine of his game-high 16 points and recording two steals in the period, as the Leopards took a 34-20 halftime lead.

“We were fired up coming off of that loss to South (last Friday). We felt like we should have won,” said Fortson. “We had to come out strong in our first road game.”

Smithsburg only came out stronger in the second half, scoring 24 points off 15 turnovers in the third quarter, led by three steals by Ganley and two by Dylan Ianaro. Brad Spickler scored six points in the period.

“We came out in the second half, picked up the intensity and got some offense off of the defense,” Gerber said.

Boonsboro never found its mark in the second half, only scoring 17 points in the final two quarters.

Warriors coach Skip Chambers said that possession has been a problem for his team.

“That’s been the story all year. They just smacked themselves in the face with the turnovers,” Chambers said. “We’ve been working our tails off, and if we cut down on the turnovers, we’ll be in some games. As it stands now, though, we’re making it hard on ourselves.”

JV: Boonsboro, 42-39 (B: Scott Bennett 22; S: Kyle Dinterman 10).

Smithsburg 69, Boonsboro 37
SMITHSBURG (2-2, 2-1)

Ganley 1 2-2 4, Hardy 4 0-1 9, Spickler 3 3-4 9, Pierre 1 0-0 2, Fortson 5 4-5 16, Wynne 1 4-5 6, Hogue 1 0-0 2, Dinterman 4 4-6 12, Ianaro 4 0-0 9. Totals 24 17-23 69.
BOONSBORO (1-4, 0-3)
J. Jardeleza 1 2-7 4, Lowery 1 2-3 4, C. Jardeleza 3 0-0 6, Lewis 2 2-4 7, Anderson 0 1-2 1, Bitner 0 2-2 2, Miranda 5 0-0 10, Hardy 1 0-0 3. Totals 13 9-18 37.
Smithsburg    17    17    22    13    —    69
Boonsboro    12    8    8    9    —    37

3-point goals — Smithsburg 4 (Fortson 2, Hardy, Ianaro); Boonsboro 2 (Lewis, Hardy). Rebounds — Smithsburg 34 (Spickler 10, Dinterman 9); Boonsboro 26 (Lowery 8, C. Jardeleza 5). Assists — Smithsburg 12 (Fortson 4); Boonsboro 2 (J. Jardeleza, Lewis). Steals — Smithsburg 19 (Ganley 6, Hardy 4); Boonsboro 7 (J. Jardeleza 2, C. Jardeleza 2, Miranda 2). Turnovers — Smithsburg 14, Boonsboro 22.

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