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Wildcats' Christy does in Blazers

February 05, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Facing the Williamsport boys basketball team can be like playing a game of Russian Roulette.

Opponents spin the chamber and hope for the best on which Wildcat is going to stand out.

Clear Spring spun the wheel of misfortune on Friday and it came up Stephen Christy, who dominated the game with 32 points and eight rebounds to lead Williamsport to a feel-good 75-35 MVAL Antietam victory over the Blazers.

“Our whole team looked re-energized compared to the way we have been playing the last week,” said Williamsport coach Scott Mobray. “Christy was more aggressive and attacked the rim and battled on the inside.

“That’s what makes our team unique. Anybody can go out there on a given night and lead us in scoring. Tonight, it was Stephen.”

Christy moved freely without the ball and created seams and openings to attack in Clear Spring’s defense. He took advantage of the inside game — driving for strong baskets — and then slipped outside for a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Blazers guessing.

“He played motivated,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill, a former Williamsport assistant coach. “When he accepts the challenge, there is no better player in the county. We put a big guy on him and he drove to the basket. We put a shorter guy on him and he shot over them. We had no answer for him.”

Christy scored 75 percent of Williamsport’s points in his 18 minutes, 10 seconds of playing time.

But while Christy was the scoring star, he benefited from the play of the rest of the Wildcats, who got him the ball in positions for open shots.

“I was trying to get back into the flow,” Christy said. “We had two tough games and we tried playing like we were in the past. We worked the ball well and we played like a team. We all shared the burden.”

Williamsport (15-1, 10-1) scored the first nine points of the game — with six coming from Christy — and led 18-4 after the first quarter. He added 10 of the Wildcats’ first 12 points of the second quarter before sitting the rest of the half as Williamsport owned a 34-15 advantage at intermission.

The Wildcats put the game away with strong defense and good passes to make it look easy. Christy scored five of Williamsport’s first seven points of the second half as the Wildcats pulled away to a 41-17 lead.

“They are where we are striving to be,” Grabill said. “They are a senior-oriented team that plays well together. They got what they wanted and we had to work for everything.”

Williamsport led by as much as 61-22 in the fourth quarter.

Alex Aleshire and Connor Arnone finished with eight points each for Williamsport. Nick Hill topped Clear Spring (7-8, 4-7) with 11 points, including five straight late in the fourth quarter.

“One of the things we do well as a team is pass the ball,” Mobray said. “We have been making bad decisions and have been out of sync. It was nice to see us playing with emotion.”

JV: Williamsport, 36-33 (W: Crabtree, Jackson 8 each; CS: Wallings 13).

Williamsport 75, Clear Spring 35
CLEAR SPRING (7-8, 4-7)

Hill 4 2-2 11, Cornwell 0 1-2 1, Weaver 3 0-0 6, Miller 2 0-0 4, Mellott 1 0-2 2, Elwood 2 1-3 5, Sensenbaugh 2 0-2 4, Schilling 0 0-2 0, Aaron 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 4-13 35.
WILLIAMSPORT (15-1, 10-1)
McCauley 2 0-0 5, Green 1 0-0 2, Gorzora 1 0-0 2, Myers 3 0-0 6, Miller 0 2-2 2, Arnone 4 0-0 8, Butts 3 0-0 8, Christy 9 12-16 32, Aleshire 4 0-0 8, Kidanemarian 0 2-2 2. Totals 27 16-20 75.
Clear Spring    4    11    7    13    —    35
Williamsport    18    16    21    20    —    75

3-point goals — Clear Spring 1 (Hill), Williamsport 5 (Butts 2, Christy 2, McCauley).

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