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Leopards roll past Liberty

February 14, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — Two rights made sure nothing went wrong Monday for Aaron Dinterman.

Right place. Right time.

Dinterman was on the payoff end of some dazzling passes by the Smithsburg boys basketball team as he cashed in with 30 points to go with seven rebounds in the Leopards’ 87-59 victory over Liberty.

“My teammates passed me the ball and I just went up with it,” Dinterman said. “We were very unselfish tonight. We did a great job passing the ball.”

The Leopards’ deft movement of the ball made sure Dinterman didn’t have to show very much shooting range. After canning a 15-foot jumper for his first points, the rest of his damage was done on a dozen layups — all off a wide variety of feeds from Smithsburg’s guards — and four foul shots.

“I just went with it,” Dinterman said. “It was very fun being out there with my teammates tonight.”

Smithsburg went to work early on a Liberty defense that had cracks wider than the bell the school is named after.

Guards Cullen Ganley, Jordan Fortson and Kevin Gibson found seams on offense to get the ball inside and created easy baskets with their defensive pressure.

“Aaron scored a lot in the first half, but it was because of the unselfish play of the team,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber. “We did a good job of working the ball to get the easiest shot possible.”

The wide-open attacks of each team kept the ball moving throughout.

Dinterman scored on his 15-footer at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter to give Smithsburg a 12-9 lead. The basket started the 6-foot-4 senior on a run in which he scored 18 of Smithsburg’s next 22 points over a 6-minute, 52-second span to move the Leopards  (9-11) to a 32-24 lead with 5:18 left in the half.

Smithsburg continued to have its way with Liberty’s defense and closed the half with a 13-8 run — keyed by seven more points by Dinterman — to take a 45-32 halftime lead.

Dinterman had 25 of his 30 in the first half, all coming in the final 10:10 of the half.

Dylan Ianaro took over with eight of his 10 points in the third quarter as the guards continued to harass the Lions (4-16) as the Leopards built a 67-49 lead.

Liberty got back within 69-57 in the fourth quarter.

Steven Seeley scored all 10 of the Lions’ points in the period en route to his team-high 29. The Lions made 11 3-pointers to stay in contention.

Smithsburg closed the game with a final 14-0 run to seal the victory.

“We moved the ball well inside and all four of our big men had at least six points,” Gerber said. “I’m happy with what we did on offense, but our defensive intensity was in question at times.”

JV — Liberty, 59-54 (L: Sweeney 21, S: Shifler 13).

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Smithsburg 87, Liberty 59
LIBERTY (4-16)

Fencil 1 0-0 2, Farson 2 2-2 7, Org 4 0-0 12, Seeley 12 1-4 29, Pickett 3 0-0 8, Winn 0 1-2 1. Totals 22 4-8 59.
SMITHSBURG (9-11)
Ganley 2 0-0 4, Wilard 1 0-0 2, Hardy 0 2-2 2, Spickler 3 1-2 7, Fortson 8 0-0 17, Wynne 2 0-0 4, Dinterman 13 4-6 30, Gibson 1 2-2 4, Ianaro 5 0-2 10, Eyler 3 1-2 7. Totals 38 10-16 87.
Liberty    19    13    17    10    —    59
Smithsburg    24    21    27    20    —    87

3-point goals — Liberty 11 (Orf 4, Seeley 4, Pickett 2, Farson), Smithsburg 1 (Fortson). Technical foul — Ganley.

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