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Leopards get offense going early in victory

January 28, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — What a difference three days can make.

After trailing 18-0 after the first quarter Tuesday night at South Hagerstown, Smithsburg’s boys basketball team made sure it avoided a repeat performance.

On Friday night, the Leopards found their offense early for 18 points in the first quarter, taking an 18-7 lead over Boonsboro on the way to a  58-37 win over the Warriors in the MVAL Antietam.

Aaron Dinterman, a 6-foot-4 senior center who has signed to play college basketball next year at Wheeling Jesuit, scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter for Smithsburg (7-8, 5-5). Dinterman added five rebounds.

“We just wanted to come out with energy,” Dinterman said. “We wanted to win. We had just lost our last two games and we didn’t want a three-game losing streak. The coach told us that we needed to come out with a lot of intensity in the first quarter. I was just concentrating on going to the inside. I thought that was my strength tonight. I just wanted to attack the basket.”

Sophomore guard Kevin Gibson, who was playing in his first varsity game, finished with eight points and three steals for the Leopards. Jordan Fortson also had eight points for Smithsburg. Cullan Ganley had five steals and four assists, Dylan Ianaro also had four assists and Brad Spickler and Ianaro grabbed five rebounds each.

“In the previous two games, we have just not come out aggressive in the first quarter at all,” Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber said. “Tonight, we came out strong. We forced a lot of turnovers in the first half and built that nice halftime lead.

“In the first half, everything was clicking well on all cylinders. We did a much better job attacking the defense. We got the ball inside to Aaron and he scored 13 points during the first half. We just did a nice job defensively and offensively.”

Justin Lewis scored 11 points — making 7 of 7 from the foul line — while Kurtis Lowery added 10 points for Boonsboro (3-12, 0-10). The Warriors made 13 of 17 foul shots.

“Our skill level obviously needs to get better,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “The kids are working hard. We are just taking baby steps. It is tough when you make 15 turnovers in the first half. I am proud of the way that we battled out there. The biggest thing is that we are starting to learn to compete as a team.”

In the JV game, Matt Sprecher scored nine points to lead Smithsburg past Boonsboro, 38-35. Scott Bennett led Boonsboro with 14 points.

Smithsburg 58, Boonsboro 37
BOONSBORO (3-12, 0-10)

Harshman 2 0-0 4, J. Jardeleza 0 2-4 2, Lowery 3 4-5 10, C. Jardeleza 1 0-1 2, Lewis 2 7-7 11, Bitner 1 0-0 2, Miranda 1 0-0 2, Hardy 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 13-17 37.
SMITHSBURG (7-8, 5-5)
Ganley 2 0-0 4, Willard 1 0-0 2, Hardy 0 0-2 0, Spickler 2 2-4 6, Fortson 4 0-0 8, Wynne 0 2-3 2, Hogue 1 0-2 2, Dinterman 6 3-4 15, Gibson 3 2-2 8, Ianaro 2 2-4 6, Eyler 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 12-23 58.
Boonsboro    7    8    14    8    —    37
Smithsburg    18    22    10    8    —    58

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