Mellott sparks Blazers' late run

February 18, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — The Clear Spring boys basketball team used a late 7-0 run to pull away from Hancock in a 68-59 victory over the rival Panthers on Friday night.

The Blazers were ahead 53-48 midway through the fourth quarter when Garrett Wiles brought Hancock within two by making a 3-pointer. Clear Spring answered right back with an Adam Mellott 3 that sparked the 7-0 run.

“(Mellott) hasn’t played a lot of minutes for us this season,” Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill said. “But he got his time tonight and his energy and play were tremendous.”

Sam Elwood paced the Blazers (9-12) with a near triple-double. He scored 13 points, dished out nine assists and racked up eight steals.

“He did a phenomenal job tonight,” Grabill said of Elwood. “He did exactly what I want my point guard to do — control the fourth quarter.”

It was a competitive game throughout, but the third quarter saw the most back-and-forth action. The two teams traded the lead on five different occasions in the period and tied each other four times. The combative third quarter seemingly drained the Panthers (8-13).

“We got tired in the fourth quarter and couldn’t keep pace,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “We weren’t able to answer them late in the game.”

Clear Spring jumped out to an early advantage, outscoring Hancock 17-13 in the first quarter. The Panthers rallied back in the second to take a 30-29 halftime lead.

“We changed up what we did in the second half and started to attack the basket,” Grabill said. “We made some baskets and were able to get to the free throw line.”

Including Elwood, Clear Spring had three players score in double figures. Nick Hill led the team with 16 points and Ryan Aaron added 10.

Spencer Heller had a monster game for Hancock, posting a triple-double with 14 points, 22 rebounds and a school-record 16 blocks. Jarrod McCoy led the Panthers on the score sheet with 20 points.

Clear Spring outscored Hancock 24-13 in the final quarter of play to close out the game.

“We got stops on defense, made some shots and forced them to come out of their zone and play us man-to-man,” Grabill said. “Seeing the ball go through the basket picked up our confidence.”

JV: Clear Spring, 70-65 (Clear Spring: Matt Breakall 24 points).

Clear Spring 68, Hancock 59

Hill 6 4-8 16, Elwood 4 5-7 13, Aaron 3 3-4 10, Mellot 3 1-2 8, Schilling 2 4-5 8, Walling 2 0-0 5, Sensenbaugh 1 2-2 4, Cornwell 1 0-0 2, Weaver 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 19-28 68.
HANCOCK (8-13)
McCoy 4 9-12 20, Heller 6 2-5 14, Wiles 3 2-2 11, Foreman 3 2-2 8, Martin 1 0-0 2, Ray 1 0-0 2, Souders 1 0-1 2. Totals 19 15-22 59.
Clear Spring    17    12    15    24    —    68
Hancock    13    17    16    13    —    59

3-point goals — Clear Spring 3 (Aaron, Mellott, Walling), Hancock 6 (McCoy 3, Wiles 3).

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