Lions hit gas, pass Eagles in MDCC

February 08, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |

HAGERSTOWN — Broadfording Christian Academy had problems applying the brakes on Tuesday.

So the Lions hit the accelerator.

When Broadfording couldn’t slow down Heritage Academy, it decided to go full speed ahead with a press that allowed the Lions to come from behind for a 62-54 victory in a battle of the top teams in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference.

“When we couldn’t slow them down, we tried to speed them up with the press,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said.

Speed definitely killed Heritage. Broadfording (17-9, 13-1) outscored Heritage 22-10 in the fourth quarter to go from trailer to going-away winner to secure no worse than a tie for the MDCC regular-season title. Heritage must defeat Shalom on Monday to share the title.

“We got hurt on the offensive boards,” said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. “We didn’t finish the game well. But this will help us as we get ready for the tournament.”

The Eagles (14-3, 12-1) scored the first eight points of the game and jumped to what looked to be a commanding lead behind the play of point guard Aaron Clark. Clark scored 13 of Heritage’s 15 points in the first quarter on his way to 18 at the half as the Eagles owned a 26-21 advantage at the intermission.

After the teams traded 3-pointers to start the second half, Kidd called time. That’s when Broadfording elected to unveil the full-court pressure.

“We stayed off the inbounder and tried to double the first pass,” Clutz said. “We figured if we could get the ball out of Clark’s hands and have him pass it to someone else, we might be able to get some steals.”

Part of the strategy took Broadfording guard D.J. Blanks off of guarding Clark after committing three first-half fouls. The move actually helped the Lions’ offense.

“We took D.J. off the ball and that allowed us to find him when we got rebounds,” Clutz said. “We were able to get the ball to him and force Clark to find him defensively. It gave D.J. a couple of extra steps.”

Blanks took the spotlight from Clark in the second half. In the change, Clark committed all five of his fouls in the first 11:06 of the second half and disqualified from the game with 4:54 remaining.

His final foul came after a blocking call after Ryan Dominguez stole the ball and drove to the hoop. Dominguez hit the first foul shot to give Broadfording a 49-48 lead, its first after trailing for the first 27:06 of the game.

With Clark out of the game, the Lions were able to control the game and keep the Eagles disorganized enough to pull away.

Blanks scored on a drive to end a 7-0 run that put the Lions up 52-48. Pete Crudduck scored four points down the stretch and Elijah Colliflower added three while Broadfording held Heritage to just six points the rest of the way to seal the victory.

“(Clark) did a tremendous job and everyone else played really hard,” Kidd said. “He’s our leader and making good decisions is a big part of that. After he committed his third foul, he didn’t adjust.”

Blanks finished with 20 points while Crudduck had 17. Clark led all scorers with 23, while Troy Cosner added 15.

“This is a big win for us because it gives us confidence,” Clutz said. “We had lost the last three games to them by a combined 11 points. I’m sure we are going to see them again.”

Broadfording 62, Heritage 54

Clark 8 5-7 23, T. Cosner 5 5-7 15, B. Cosner 0 2-4 2, Martin 1 0-2 3, Smith 4 1-4 11. Totals 18 13-24 54.
Dominguez 1 1-2 3, Blanks 9 0-3 20, Sallah 5 0-0 10, Boone 1 0-0 2, Wyand 2 0-0 5, P. Crudduck 7 3-4 17, Colliflower 2 1-4 5. Totals 27 5-13 62.
Heritage    15    11    18    10    —    54
Broadfording    6    15    19    22    —    62

3-point goals — Heritage 5 (Clark 2, Smith 2, Martin), Broadfording 3 (Blanks 2, Wyand). Fouled out — Clark, Sallah, Wyand.

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