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Warriors topple Blazers for first win of '11

February 12, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO — Don’t call it a Smithsburg hangover. Boonsboro’s boys basketball team was hungry for a win Friday night.

Coming off of a big 61-53 win over Smithsburg on Tuesday, Clear Spring was a completely different team against Boonsboro. The Blazers had an awful shooting night and the Warriors took advantage, winning 53-44 for their first MVAL Antietam victory.

And there was much rejoicing, as Boonsboro celebrated its first win since Dec. 30 at a holiday tournament.

Boonsboro (4-16, 1-13) played patient basketball Friday and didn’t commit the mistakes that have become customary for the Warriors this season.

“We’ve been trying to do this for 17 games,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “It took this long for the light to come on.”

Boonsboro took an 8-4 lead in the first quarter and never trailed, stretching that lead to 21-14 at halftime. Justin Lewis’ seven points accounted for a third of Boonsboro’s first-half scoring. Lewis finished with a game-high 15 points, and Justin Jardeleza was right behind him with 13.

Meanwhile, the Blazers (7-10, 4-9) could not find the mark. They shot 4 of 13 from the field and 5 of 10 from the line in the first half.

“For some reason we weren’t ready, even though we had a couple of good practices, and that’s on me,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “We did not show up.”

As shooting got better for Boonsboro, it got worse for Clear Spring. Boonsboro shot 51 percent for the game while Clear Spring only managed 42 percent, thanks in large part to Boonsboro’s tough defense. Caleb Jardeleza had six steals and Aaron Miranda had three blocks.

Boonsboro also took great care of the ball, committing only nine turnovers while Clear Spring gave the ball up 13 times.

“Every loose ball they got. The way they protected the ball, they just wanted it more,” Grabill said. “One team was hungry and the other was happy with a decent win.”

Chambers praised his team’s effort.

“They took care of the ball and they didn’t shoot themselves in the foot.” Chambers said. “Give the kids credit. They’re working their tails off.”

Nick Hill led Clear Spring with 11 points.

JV: Boonsboro, 44-43 (B: Bennett 13; CS: Walling 11).

Boonsboro 53, Clear Spring 44
CLEAR SPRING (7-10, 4-9)

Hill 5 0-0 11, Habel 1 1-2 3, Cornwell 1 0-1 2, Weaver 3 1-4 7, Miller 0 1-2 1, Elwood 3 0-0 6, Sensenbaugh 1 1-2 3, Schilling 1 4-8 6, Aaron 2 1-2 5. Totals 17 9-21 44.
BOONSBORO (4-16, 1-13)
Harshman 2 0-0 4, J. Jardeleza 5 2-2 13, C. Jardeleza 2 1-2 5, Lewis 2 10-13 15, Miranda 2 2-2 8, Hardy 4 0-0 8. Totals 18 15-19 53.
Clear Spring    4    10    12    18    —    44
Boonsboro    8    13    14    18    —    53

3-point goals — Clear Spring 1 (Hill), Boonsboro 2 (J. Jardeleza, Lewis). Rebounds — Clear Spring 19 (Schilling 8), Boonsboro 23 (C. Jardeleza 5). Turnovers — Clear Spring 13, Boonsboro 9. Fouled out — Aaron.

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