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Blazers enjoy giving more than receiving

January 15, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — The Clear Spring boys did basketball’s version of pay it forward on Friday.

Boonsboro was the unfortunate recipient of the Blazers’ “generosity.”

The Blazers rolled out a pressure defense, which helped them fight through a few offensive lulls, and forced the Warriors into surrendering a 49-36 MVAL Antietam victory.

“We got pressed (Thursday) and we turned around and pressed them a bit,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “It helped us get some early turnovers and a couple easy baskets.”

Clear Spring felt the pressure on Thursday during a 66-54 loss to Smithsburg when the Leopards pressed the Blazers right out of their 2-3 zone. On Friday, Clear Spring proved it is truly better to give than receive.

The Blazers (6-5, 3-4) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead but then became complacent as the Warriors scored seven straight to take a 7-6 lead. Nathan Hardy hit a foul shot with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter to give Boonsboro its only lead of the game.

“It’s been the same story all year,” Grabill said. “We play hard for a while and then we take a couple of possessions off and start turning the ball over and giving away easy baskets.”

But the press allowed the Blazers to push the play button. Clear Spring ran off 11 straight points over the next 5:05 to take a 17-7 lead with Ralph Miller scoring four points in the stretch. The Blazers led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

From there, each team took turns with scoring runs, playing the last 20 minutes rather evenly, but the deficit was too much for Boonsboro (3-8, 0-7) to overcome.

“We seemed very tentative and didn’t attack their pressure very well,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “I give our kids credit, though, they didn’t quit. It is pretty easy to quit when you are 20 points down, but they kept playing hard.”

Clear Spring fell into two more scoring lulls, but were saved as Boonsboro failed to take advantage of the openings.

Nick Hill scored five points to lead the Blazers’ opening burst in the third quarter for a for a 35-18 advantage before reaching one of the lulls.

“We played with a lot of energy off the press and fed off of it,” Grabill said. “When we create movement, we play well. Nick did a great job tonight and Sam Elwood ... we are tough on him, but he does a great job for us.”

Clear Spring led by as much as 19 points in the fourth quarter before Boonsboro closed on an 8-2 run to tighten the final margin.

Mike Sensenbaugh led Clear Spring with 12 points while Hill added 11. Hardy led Boonsboro with 12 points.

“We are young and inexperience. We need to get better in practice,” Grabill said. “We got pressured on Thursday and used it today and got a split in two games. We are just trying to get better everyday.”

JV: Boonsboro, 51-39 (B: Ryan Ruiz 12, Scott Bennett 12; CS: Jared Brant 12).

Clear Spring 49, Boonsboro 36
BOONSBORO (3-8, 0-7)

Harshman 1 0-0 2, J. Jardeleza 2 2-6 6, Lowery 1 1-2 3, C. Jardeleza 1 0-2 2, Lewis 2 0-0 4, Bitner 3 1-4 7, Hardy 5 1-2 12. Totals 15 5-12 36.
CLEAR SPRING (6-5, 3-4)
Hill 4 3-4 11, Habel 1 0-0 2, Cornwell 1 1-1 3, Weaver 3 0-1 6, Elwood 2 0-0 4, Paul 0 2-4 2, Sensenbaugh 5 2-2 12, Shilling 2 2-2 6, Aaron 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 10-14 49.
Boonsboro    7    5    11    13    —    36
Clear Sping    13    11    13    12    —    49

3-point goals — Boonsboro 1 (Hardy), Clear Spring 1 (Aaron).

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