Warriors' offense goes MIA

February 16, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI |
  • Boonsboro's Moizz Syed, left, looks to pass around North Carroll defender Ben Kirn during Wednesday's boys basketball game in Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — There was one redeeming factor about Wednesday’s game against North Carroll for Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers.

The basketball stayed dry.

“We couldn’t drop it into the ocean today,” Chambers said bluntly.

The Warriors had a hard time dropping it in the basket, too. Boonsboro struggled mightily on offense — managing nine baskets, including three in the first half — in a 53-32 loss that made Senior Night less than memorable.

Boonsboro (4-17) couldn’t buy, make or weave a basket on Wednesday as most shots went in the general direction of the rim without going through it.

“We couldn’t score,” Chambers said. “We only had three turnovers in the first half ... that’s a major accomplishment for us and we were still down at the half. We didn’t defend and we didn’t run our stuff. We were hoping to get to 50 and we couldn’t even do that.”

Baskets were tough to come by for both teams in the first half, but North Carroll got the better end of it because it was able to get to the rim for easier conversions. Eight of the nine hoops the Panthers scored came on layups.

Meanwhile, Boonsboro handled North Carroll’s press efficiently until it came to scoring points. The Warriors had two baskets in the first quarter — one by Eric Bitner and the other by Aaron Miranda — and trailed 11-4 after one period.

Boonsboro went 9:07 before scoring its next basket — a three-point play by Justin Jardeleza with 30 seconds remaining in the half. The Warriors scored the final five points of the half to only trail 21-10 at intermission.

Despite shooting more blanks than a 21-gun salute, the Warriors still had hope.

“We told them at the half that we were only down 11. If we came out and played in the third quarter, we still had a chance,” Chambers said. “You have to give North Carroll credit. They did what they had to and we had no answer for No. 20 (Charlie Clark).”

Clark ruled the middle for North Carroll, leading all scorers with 20 points and using his superior size around the basket.

Boonsboro made a quick run to start the second half. Nathan Hardy and Jardeleza each hit 3s to help the Warriors move within nine at 27-18. But North Carroll settled down and took advantage of its press to pull away, capping the third quarter with an 11-2 run for a 43-25 lead.

Jardeleza led Boonsboro with 11 points.

“We took some major steps backwards today,” Chambers said. “This is a project. We just have to keep working and plugging away.”

JV: Boonsboro, 42-24 (B: Nick Seabright 7, Scott Bennett 6).

North Carroll 53, Boonsboro 32

Anderson 1 0-0 2, Ewen 1 0-0 2, McWhirter 2 3-4 7, C. Clark 9 2-5 20, Janowitz 1 0-0 2, Bosley 1 2-2 4, S. Clark 1 0-0 2, Nevin 3 1-1 7, Keith 2 2-2 7 Totals 21 10-14 53.
Lewis 0 4-4 4, J. Jardeleza 3 4-4 11, Hardy 2 0-0 5, C. Jardeleza 1 0-0 2, Bitner 1 0-0 2, Miranda 0 1-2 1, Harshman 0 2-4 2 Totals 9 12-16 32.
North Carroll    11    10    22    10    —    53
Boonsboro    4    6    15    7    —    32

3-point goals — North Carroll 1 (Keith), Boonsboro 2 (J. Jardeleza, Hardy). Fouled out — Miranda.

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