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Wildcats overwhelm Warriors

January 25, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Boonsboro's Aaron Miranda loses the ball as Williamsport's Xavier Green, left, and Tyler Wise defend in the second quarter Monday night at Williamsport.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Ladies and gentlemen, the streak lives on.

The Williamsport boys basketball team earned its 13th straight win of the season Monday night with a 69-31 drubbing of the Boonsboro Warriors in an MVAL Antietam contest.

The Wildcats (13-0, 8-0) scored quickly and often to set the tone from the opening tip. Stephen Christy had nine points and Ryan Butts had two steals in the first quarter as Williamsport jumped out to a 16-8 lead. The game was academic from there.

With second-leading scorer Brandon McCauley out, Christy had a big night with 22 points, including going 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

“Stephen can do that,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. “He has the ability to take over a game.”

Right behind Christy was Tyler Wise, who fell just short of a double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Willamsport used an effective 2-3 zone defense to force 20 Boonsboro turnovers, most of which were converted into points. Wise led the Wildcats with six steals, while Christy and Butts had three apiece.

Turnovers made scoring scarce for Boonsboro (3-10, 0-8), as Justin Lewis led the Warriors with a scant eight points.

“We had a difficult time scoring, and the turnovers killed us,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “But we worked our tails off today.”

With the continued success that the Wildcats have had this year, the possibility of an undefeated season doesn’t seem that far-fetched. However, Mowbray said that thought hasn’t even crept into his mind. He’s also making sure that his players are staying focused on the task at hand.

“We try to avoid thinking about (an undefeated season). We know there’s still a lot more basketball to be played,” Mowbray said. “We focus on maintaining the level of efficiency on offense that we’re accustomed to and the tenacity on defense.”

That focus will have to be razor-sharp as Williamsport faces three tough opponents in the near future — North Hagerstown, South Hagerstown and Middletown — all on the road.

“Three of our next four are tough road games. We’ll see where we stand on the year after we face Middletown,” Mowbray said. “Right now, we’re only worried about North Hagerstown (on Friday).”

JV: Boonsboro, 42-32 (B: Scott Bennett 12, W: Ryan Crabtree 9).

Williamsport 69, Boonsboro 31
BOONSBORO (3-10, 0-8)

Harshman 1 0-0 2, J. Jardeleza 3 1-4 7, Lowery 2 0-0 4, C. Jardeleza 2 0-0 4, Lewis 3 2-2 8, Miranda 2 2-2 6. Totals 13 5-8 31.
WILLIAMSPORT (13-0, 8-0)
Green 2 1-2 5, Arnone 4 1-1 10, Gozora 0 1-4 1, Myers 1 0-3 2, Miller 2 1-2 6, Butts 4 0-0 11, Christy 9 1-2 22, Wise 4 4-7 12. Totals 26 9-21 69.
Boonsboro    6    9    6    10    —    31
Williamsport    18    15    17    19    —    69

3-point goals — Williamsport 8 (Christy 3, Butts 3, Miller, Arnone). Rebounds — Boonsboro 13 (Lewis 4), Williamsport 33 (Wise 8). Turnovers — Boonsboro 20, Williamsport 12.

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