Warriors fall short

February 08, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — The Boonsboro Warriors came up a little bit short of getting their first conference win as they dropped a 47-45 heartbreaker to the Catoctin Cougars on Tuesday night in an MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

Boonsboro (3-15, 0-12) held a 36-33 lead over Catoctin (3-14, 3-10) after three quarters.

The Cougars scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to go ahead 38-36 with 5:41 remaining.

But the Warriors got a 3-pointer from Justin Lewis and a basket by point guard Justin Jardeleza to regain the lead at 41-38 with 4:32 to go.

But then Jardeleza fouled out, as did Boonsboro center Kurtis Lowery, who was also whistled for a technical foul.

Guard Nick Maxey made all four of his free throws on the personal and technical fouls and then canned a 3-pointer when Catoctin got possession to put the Cougars in front 45-41 with 1:24 left in the game.

Aaron Miranda and Caleb Jardeleza each made a basket as the Warriors tied the score at 45-45 with 43 seconds remaining.

However, Sean Reaver made a basket with 29 seconds to go to put the Cougars ahead to stay.

Boonsboro attempted to tie the score, but Alex Harshman missed a field goal attempt with eight seconds left.

Landon Routzahn grabbed the defensive rebound for Catoctin and was fouled.

Routzahn missed both of his foul shots with 3 seconds remaining and there was a scramble for the rebound as time ran out.

“We played hard enough to win, but we didn’t play smart enough,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “You don’t get a technical foul at the end. I was impressed with the way that Catoctin did not give up. Every time that we got a lead, they always fought right back. At the end, Catoctin really capitalized on its opportunities. They just made the plays and we didn’t.”

Reaver had 19 points and five rebounds for Catoctin, while Maxey had 11 points, Brady Ridenour and Tyler Smith had five rebounds each and Routzahn added four assists for the Cougars.

Lewis finished with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Nathan Hardy added 12 points and five rebounds for Boonsboro.

“During the game, we switched to a man-to-man defense and we were able to get some stops,” Catoctin coach Mark Wiles said. “We knew that we would have a bigger team than them. So, we knew that we were going to throw the ball inside a lot tonight. Nick Maxey hit four key foul shots and that big 3-pointer for us at the end of the game.”

JV: Boonsboro, 58-46 (B: Scott Bennett 18 points; C: Zach Shanton 16 points).

Catoctin 47, Boonsboro 45
CATOCTIN (3-14, 3-10)

K. Maxey 3 3-3 9, N. Maxey 2 5-7 11, Ridenour 0 1-2 1, Routzahn 0 0-4 0, Smith 3 1-2 7, Reaver 8 3-8 19. Totals 16 13-26 47.
BOONSBORO (3-15, 0-12)
J. Jardeleza 3 1-2 7, C. Jardeleza 2 2-2 6, Lewis 5 2-3 15, Bitner 1 0-0 3, Miranda 1 0-0 2, Hardy 5 0-0 12. Totals 17 5-7 45.
Catoctin    8    10    15    14    —    47
Boonsboro    5    14    17    9    —    45

3-point goals — Catoctin 2 (N. Maxey 2),  Boonsboro 6 (Lewis 3, Bitner, Hardy 2).

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