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Saint James heats up after cold first half

February 15, 2011

CLEAR SPRING — The scoreboard operator at Tuesday’s Saint James-Clear Spring boys basketball game didn’t get a whole lot of work tallying points in the first half.

A combined first-half shooting performance of 11 for 48 led to just 28 points being scored in the first half, with Saint James leading 17-11 despite their two leading scorers — Avery Wilmore and Alec Wheeler — going scoreless.

Wilmore, playing with a touch of the flu, re-energized himself in the second half with 13 points, nine coming in a 23-point third quarter for the Saints that propelled them to a 51-36 victory over the Blazers.

“We had two big games back-to-back over the weekend and I think we were still exhausted and came out a bit flat,” said Saint James coach Aaron Wilmore.

The Saints warmed up in the third quarter, hitting 7 of 10 shots on the way to a 40-21 lead.

Ben Louderback was instrumental, hitting five points in the quarter in place of Wheeler, who was saddled with foul trouble and eventually fouled out without scoring.

Louderback and Emmett Orfan each scored 12 points.

“We expect a lot of Ben, and with Wheeler in trouble, he picked up the slack,” said Wilmore.

Clear Spring led 11-10 before the Saints finished the first half with a 7-0 run, including a goal and trey from Louderback.

The Saints extended their lead to 26-14 in the first 3 minutes of the third as Avery Wilmore hit for four quick points.

“I thought we won by putting more pressure on them with defense,” said Aaron Wilmore.

Some of the defense came from Leonard Livingston, who swatted away eight Clear Spring shots. It also helped that Saint James’ shooting improved and the Saints hit 11 of 18 in the second half to finish 18 of 41.

Clear Spring, coming off a disheartening loss to Boonsboro, never got untracked offensively, hitting only 12 of 50 from the floor and 9 of 19 from the foul line.

“We attacked (Livingston) and we got to the line, we just didn’t make any shots,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “I thought we played good defense holding them to the low 50s. We just missed a ton of shots.”

Nick Hill led Clear Spring with 14 points and Ryan Aaron added 10. Between them, they were 8 of 23 from the floor.

JV: Clear Spring, 55-46 (SJ: Maneth 16, CS: Brant 13, Walling 13).

Saint James 51, Clear Spring 36
SAINT JAMES (13-8)

Wilmore 4-9 4-4 13, Wagner 1-2 0-0 2, Livingston 3-7 0-4 6, Wheeler 0-4 0-0 0, Orfan 4-9 2-2 12, Louderback 4-5 2-4 12, Mo. Townes 1-2 0-0 2, McCormack 1-1 2-2 4, Beckel 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-41 10-16 51.
CLEAR SPRING (8-11)
Hill 4-12 5-6 14, Sensenbaugh 1-4 1-2 3, Elwood 1-6 1-3 3, Aaron 4-11 0-2 10, Weaver 1-6 1-4 3, Schilling 0-7 1-2 1, Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Paul 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 12-50 9-19 36.
Saint James    6    11    23    11    —    51
Clear Spring    8    3    10    15    —    36

3-point goals—Saint James 5 (Wilmore, Orfan 2, Louderback 2), Clear Spring 3 (Hill, Aaron 2). Rebounds—Saint James 35 (Livingston 12), Clear Spring 30 (Hill 6, Elwood 6). Turnovers—Saint James 19, Clear Spring 18.

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