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Wildcats outlast Railroaders

February 08, 2011|By DAN KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — With the race for the MVAL Antietam boys basketball title coming down to the wire, Williamsport probably doesn’t mind a lack of style points as long as it keeps picking up wins.

Williamsport had a rough shooting night against Brunswick on Tuesday, making just 14 of 44 field goals, but the Wildcats made up for it by forcing 27 turnovers — 17 on steals — and making 22 of 30 foul shots to grind out a 52-37 victory.

“You had two very tired teams out there. Both teams played last night and we had a battle with Middletown, so our legs were tired,” Wildcats coach Scott Mowbray said. “When you’re tired, you make poor decisions and poor passes. We were able to do just enough to win.”

Combined with North Hagerstown’s 48-47 victory over South Hagerstown, Williamsport (17-1, 11-1) is the only Antietam team wth just one loss in league play, with games Friday at Smithsburg and Monday at South left on the Wildcats’ Antietam slate.

“The bottom line is we have a key game at Smithsburg on Friday night, and we’ve got to work on some things the next two days so we can go there and take care of business,” Mowbray said.

Williamsport never trailed, but had trouble putting the finishing touches on Brunswick (10-9, 6-7) until the Wildcats started pulling away late in the third quarter.

An 8-0 run sparked by 3-pointers by Stephen Christy and Xavier Green gave Williamsport a 10-2 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter, but an 11-3 run by the Railroaders tied the game at 13 with 5:22 left in the first half. Christy and Green each scored nine points in the first half as the Wildcats entered halftime with a 24-20 lead.

A basket by Christy and two free throws by Ryan Butts gave Williamsport a 28-20 lead before Joey Martin’s 3 and Todd Cutsail’s basket on a post move cut the lead to 28-25 with 6:43 left in the third quarter. Christy made two free throws and scored on a post move in a 5-0 run that pushed the lead back to 33-25, but baskets by Tyrus Lawson and Martin cut it to 33-29 with 2:07 left in the quarter.

The Wildcats finally took total control with a 15-3 run for a 48-32 lead with 2:47 left in the game. Christy scored nine points in the run — making 7 of 10 free throws — and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, going 13 for 18 from the foul line overall.

“He kept attacking the basket, and when you attack the basket, that’s what happens, and he’s a good foul shooter,” Mowbray said.

Alex Aleshire led the way defensively with seven steals in addition to seven points and six rebounds. Connor Arnone added seven points. Williamsport outrebounded Brunswick, 29-23. The Railroaders made 16 of 38 field goals but just 2 of 8 from the foul line.

“We’re playing a makeshift lineup out there,” said Mowbray, referencing the injuries that are keeping Tyler Wise and Brandon McCauley on the bench. We did enough of the little things. I thought we rebounded well.”

JV: Williamsport, 63-49 (W: Brandon Jackson 20 points).

Williamsport 52, Brunswick 37
BRUNSWICK (10-9, 6-7)

Martin 4 0-2 9, Fisher 2 0-0 4, Fawley 0 1-2 1, Shreve 1 0-0 2, Darung 4 0-0 9, Dabbs 3 0-0 7, Lawson 1 1-4 3, Cutsail 1 0-0 2. Totals 16-38 2-8 37.
WILLIAMSPORT (17-1, 11-1)
Arnone 3 1-5 7, Step. Christy 5 13-18 24, Green 3 1-2 9, Aleshire 2 3-4 7, Butts 1 3-3 5. Totals 14-44 21-30 52.
Brunswick    9    11    9    7    —    37
Williamsport    12    12    14    14    —    52

3-point goals — Brunswick 3 (Martin, Darung, Dabbs), Williamsport 3 (Step. Christy, Green 2). Rebounds — Brunswick 23 (Fisher 7), Williamsport 29 (Christy 10). Assists — Brunswick 11 (Lawson 4), Williamsport 6 (Arnone 3). Steals — Brunswick 9 (Lawson 3), Williamsport 17 (Aleshire 7). Turnovers — Brunswick 27, Williamsport 17.

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