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Smithsburg honors its seniors, evens its record

February 18, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg boys basketball team worked a two-for-one deal Friday night.

Looking to finish off the week 3-0 and even its season record at 11-11, Smithsburg achieved both goals with a 92-65 victory over Manchester Valley on Senior Night.

“We’ve been scoring, on fire,” said Smithsburg coach Eric Gerber.

Granted, Smithsburg’s three opponents this week sport a combined won-lost mark of 13-52, but the Leopards went out and beat the teams they should beat.

Gerber started an all-senior lineup, which meant Dylan Eyler and Ryne Willard got starting nods along with Aaron Dinterman, Cullan Ganley and Dylan Ianaro.

Nobody disappointed.

Dinterman scored 28 points and had 15 rebounds; Eyler had 14 points and six rebounds; Ganley had 12 points and seven assists; Ianaro had 13 points and Willard added seven assists.

“(Eyler) is such an outstanding kid and accepts his role behind Dinterman,” said Gerber. “He deserves quality minutes but he’s behind Dinterman.”

Jordan Fortson, normally a starter, led the bench brigade with 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers, half of the Leopards’ total.

Combined, Dinterman hit 13 of 17 and Eyler was 7 of 7. Overall, Smithsburg hit a whopping 38 of 63 for 60 percent, many coming on layups.

“Manchester is a good shooting team and we gave them too many open looks early,” said Gerber. “As good as the offense has been lately, the defense has not been as intense.”

The Mavericks (5-18) made a game of it through the early part of the second period, with much of their efforts from behind the arc, where they hit 8 of 22 for the night.

Sean Crim hit a pair of free throws for a 28-28 tie with 2:55 remaining in the second quarter before the Leopards went on a binge. Ianaro had five points in a 12-2 run that gave Smithsburg a 40-30 halftime lead.

Dinterman hit all six of his shots in the third quarter as Smithsburg boosted its advantage to 16 at 49-33.

In the last four games, Dinterman is averaging 26 points.

“I’ve watched some film and saw I had to get more motivated and I’ve gotten more aggressive,” said Dinterman.

The victory puts the Leopards in the hunt for the second seed and a home game in the upcoming Maryland Class 1A West tournament. The pairings will be set on Sunday.

JV: Smithsburg 73-41 (MV: Hayden Oursler 13; S: Josh Miller 17, Austin Ryan 15).

Smithsburg 92, Manchester Valley 65
MANCHESTER VALLEY (5-17)

Nazelrod 7-10 2-2 18, Windisch 6-15 0-0 16, Boyle 2-6 0-2 4, Bonner 5-15 6-10 18, Crim 3-5 2-2 8, Long 0-1 1-2 1, Turner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 11-18 65.
SMITHSBURG (11-11)
Ganley 5-6 1-3 12, Willard 1-3 0-0 3, Dinterman 13-17 2-5 28, Ianaro 5-7 1-2 13, Eyler 7-11 0-0 14, Spickler 1-2 0-0 2, Fortson 5-12 2-2 16, Wynne 1-1 0-0 2, Hogue 0-1 0-0 0, Gibson 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 38-63 8-14 92.
Man. Valley    17    13    21    14    —    65
Smithsburg    29    29    24    31    —    91

3-point goals — Manchester Valley 8 (Nazelrod 2, Windisch 4, Bonner 2), Smithsburg 8 (Ganley, Fortson 4, Ianaro 2, Willard). Rebounds — Manchester Valley 24 (Crim 5), Smithsburg 34 (Dinterman 14). Assists — Smithsburg 25 (Ganley 7, Willard 7). Steals — Smithsburg 7 (Ganley 2). Turnovers — Manchester Valley 11, Smithsburg 9.

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