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Wildcats do their job

February 12, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Smithsburg's Jordan Fortson (15) tries to keep the ball away from Williamsport's Alex Aleshire during Friday night's MVAL Antietam boys basketball game at Smithsburg.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — At least a ‘W’ in the win column made Williamsport boys basketball coach Scott Mowbray feel better leaving a hot Smithsburg gym than how he felt coming in Friday.

“It wasn’t a pretty win, but we came here to get a job done and we did,” said Mowbray, who wasn’t feeling all that well before the contest.

His troops went out and claimed a 66-55 victory over Smithsburg and a clinched at least a tie for the MVAL Antietam championship.

Williamsport (18-1, 12-1) can collect the title outright Monday at South Hagerstown.

The Wildcats charged to a 22-13 lead after the first period and then withstood a pair of Smithsburg challenges, the second coming at the start of the fourth period when the Leopards closed to within 46-45.

In a span of four minutes into the final period, the Wildcats regained control of the game with a 13-8 run, fueled by two buckets each from Stephen Christy and Xavier Green and three free throws by Ryan Butts.

Those points gave Williamsport a 59-51 lead with 3:06 remaining, and the Wildcats closed it out with Christy and Connor Arnone spending time at the free throw line.

“We always want an uptempo game, but at times we showed some impatience with our shots,” said Mowbray.

In a starting role Friday, Butts fueled the Wildcats’ offense with a pair of 3-pointers and seven points in the first period, half of his output for the game.

“(Butts) got us off to a good start,” said Mowbray. “He sees some confidence in himself.”

With Tyler Wise out of action because of an injury for a fifth game, Christy has taken over more of the scoring role and led the Wildcats with 25 points. He has averaged 30.1 points over the last four games.

“I’ve just needed to step up because of the injuries we’ve had,” said Christy, who also had 13 rebounds.

Smithsburg’s first challenge came in the second quarter. With the Wildcats on top 24-15, the Leopards (8-11, 6-8) went on a 9-0 run with seven points coming from Aaron Dinterman to tie the game at 24-all with 4:37 left.

But Christy came back with a dunk and, after a Smithsburg turnover, hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a five-point lead.

Green added 15 points, his first double-digit post since Jan. 4. Arnone scored 10, including 8 of 11 at the line.

“(Green) took it to the hole,” said Mowbray. “He’s quick and he showed it.”

Dinterman led the Leopards with 21 points and Jordan Fortson collected 12. Cullen Ganley added nine points and had a team-high 12 rebounds.

“Our point of emphasis was to go inside tonight with Wise out,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber, “but they are such a tough team when they get a lead and Arnone spreads out that offense.”

JV: Smithsburg 46-41 (W: Colten Myers 10, Ben Seibert 10; S: Josh Miller 11).

Williamsport 66, Smithsburg 55
WILLIAMSPORT (18-1, 12-1)

Green 7-17 1-2 15, Arnone 1-6 8-11 10, Crhisty 9-16 5-8 25, Aleshire 0-1 0-0 0, Butts 4-6 4-6 14, McCauley 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-49 18-27 66.
SMITHSBURG (8-11, 6-8)
Ganley 4-12 0-0 9, Ianaro 3-8 0-0 6, Fortson 5-10 0-0 12, Dinterman 7-10 7-10 21, Spickler 2-3 1-1 5, Gibson 0-3 2-2 2, Hardy 0-1 0-0 0, Hogue 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 10-13 55.
Williamsport    22    12    12    20    —    66
Smithsburg    13    18    12    12    —    55

3-point goals—Williamsport 4 (Christy 2, Butts 2), Smithsburg 3 (Ganley, Fortson 2). Turnovers—Williamsport 7, Smithsburg 12. Rebounds—Williamsport 34 (Christy 13), Smithsburg 27 (Ganley 12).

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