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Sallah the difference for Lions

February 17, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — Mo Sallah probably thought he would never be a difference-maker in his first year of organized basketball.

He has become a fast learner, and on Thursday night he was all the difference in the world for Broadfording Christian Academy.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore, who hails from the Republic of The Gambia in West Africa, had a double-double by halftime and ended with a triple-double to lead Broadfording over Clear Spring, 68-57.

By halftime, Sallah had 10 points and 10 rebounds and by night’s end he posted a line of 16 points, 15 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. Sallah hit all seven of his shots.

“(Sallah) has had so much to learn since the beginning of the year,” said Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz. “He likes the work, and we’ve worked like crazy with him. The best part is that he is keeping his feet on defense.”

After a lackluster first quarter in which Clear Spring held an 8-6 lead, Sallah dropped in eight points in the second quarter as Broadfording (19-10) took command of the game.

He also altered anything that Clear Spring (8-12) continued to try on the inside and, when the Blazers tried to connect from the perimeter, they were unsuccessful to the tune of 6 for 30 in the first half for 20 percent.

“He was very active inside and forced us outside,” Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill said of Sallah.

Broadfording owned the quarter 23-5 as Clear Spring did not score until 1:22 was left in the first half.

“I don’t know the answer,” said Grabill. “Too often we’ve come out in the second quarter of games and the energy level just drops.”

Clear Spring changed defenses in the second half and started to apply some pressure, which resulted in cutting away at the deficit in the third quarter.

“When we scored we were able to get in our halfcourt defense,” said Grabill.

Broadfording still held a 51-39 lead with six minutes remaining in the game, but two free throws by Ryan Aaron and back-to-back goals by Nick Hill cut it to 51-45 at the 4:10 mark.

After a timeout, Broadfording’s Andrew Wyand responded with a left-wing 3-pointer. After a Blazers turnover, Wyand responded with another 3-pointer from the same spot for a 57-45 lead.

“We emphasized we still had the lead and get back to our game during the timeout,” said Clutz. “Wyand has the green light on those shots and they sealed the game.”

From that point, Broadfording shot 9 of 12 from the line and had one goal to ice the win.

“We did not have enough firepower,” said Grabill, who has seen his share of shotblockers this week. On Tuesday, Saint James’ Leonard Livingston had 10 blocks against Clear Spring.

But Clutz is smiling with the thought of having Sallah for two more years.

Pete Cradduck spent most of the night at the foul line, hitting 12 of 16 on the way to 20 points for the Lions. Wyand ended with 18 and Iver Silva had 12.

Sam Elwood had 14 points and Hill ended with 13 for Clear Spring, which shot 20 of 67 for the game compared to 20 of 39 by the Lions.

JV: Broadfording 64-57 (B: Moni Anderson 28, Derek Durst 18; CS: John Hennessey 15, Matt Breakall 15).

Broadfording 68, Clear Spring 57
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (19-10)

Boone 0-2 0-0 0, P. Cradduck 4-11 12-16 20, Silva 5-12 2-2 12, Wyand 4-7 6-8 18, Sallah 7-7 25 16, Dominguez 0-0 1-2 1, Colliflower 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 20-39 24-35 68.
CLEAR SPRING (8-12)
Hill 4-17 4-6 13, Weaver 3-6 0-0 6, Aarpm 3-16 2-2 8, Shilling 2-7 5-8 9, Sensenbaugh 0-5 0-0 0, Cornwell 0-0 1-2 1, Elwod 5-10 0-0 14, Mellott 0-1 0-0 0, Habel 1-1 -0- 2, Brant 1-2 0-0 2, Walling 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 20-67 12-20 57.
Broadfording    6    23    15    24    —    68
Clear Spring    8    5    19    25    —    57

3-point goals—Broadfording 4 (Wyand 4), Clear Spring 5 (Elwood 4, Hill). Rebounds—Broadfording 38 (Sallah 15), Clear Spring 33 (Shilling 10). Turnovers—Broadfording 20, Clear Spring 14.

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