Blazers tune up for impending playoffs by routing Indians

February 21, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — Think the Blazers are ready for the playoffs?

Whether it was a sense of urgency that guided them or that they will face rival Hancock in the first round of the playoffs, the Clear Spring boys basketball team ran past the Berkeley Springs Indians 62-23 on Monday.

“We wanted to come out with a sense of urgency,” said Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill. “We’ve been treating the past couple games like playoff games, and tonight was no different.”

Berkeley Springs’ Kyle Appel knocked down a 3-pointer to start the game, and that would prove to be the Indians’ only highlight of the first half. The Blazers played strong man-to-man defense to hold the Indians to only 1-of-8 shooting in the first quarter and 3-of-12 for the first half.

Clear Spring (10-12) had no problem scoring, shooting 54 percent from the floor to take a 26-11 lead at halftime. Nick Hill scored eight of his 14 points and Ralph Weaver scored six of his 10 in the first half. Hill also netted eight rebounds and four assists.

“Hill is stepping his game up. He’s on a little six-game streak where he’s playing well,” Grabill said. “He’s being much more aggressive.”

The second half belonged to senior forward Donald Schilling, who was playing his last regular-season game for the Blazers. Schilling scored a game-high 15 points — nine of which came in the fourth quarter — and had five rebounds.

“We wanted to send Donnie out on a good note,” Grabill said.

Berkeley Springs (8-11) couldn’t get around Clear Spring’s full-court pressure and hit only five more shots from the floor in the second half, including a 3-pointer by Jared Spielman. Aaron Kirtley led the Indians with eight points.

Grabill is keeping the pressure on his players, and is looking forward to traveling to Hancock on Friday.

“We’ve got to come out with this same energy Friday and play like there’s no tomorrow,” Grabill said. “We’ve been preaching that it is one-and-done to our guys. We’ve got to leave it all out on the floor.”

JV: Berkeley Springs, 57-48 (BS: Brandon Malone 18, CS: Hunter Fidler 8).

Clear Spring 62, Berkeley Springs 23

J. Spielman 2 1-2 6, Kearney 1 1-2 3, B. Spielman 0 0-1 0, Appel 1 0-0 3, Kirtley 3 2-2 8, Athey 0 1-2 1, Micheal 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 5-12 23.
Hill 6 2-2 14, Weaver 5 0-0 10, Miller 2 0-0 4, Sensenbaugh 3 0-0 6, Schilling 7 1-2 15, Aaron 1 0-0 2, Walling 4 0-0 9, Brant 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 3-4 62.
Berkeley Springs    5    6    5    7    —    23
Clear Spring    8    18    18    18    —    62

3-point goals — Berkeley Springs 2 (J. Spielman, Appel); Clear Spring 1 (Walling). Assists — Berkeley Springs 5 (J. Spielman 2, Micheal 2); Clear Spring 22 (Schilling 5). Rebounds — Berkeley Springs 19 (B. Spielman 5), Clear Spring 31 (Hill 8). Turnovers — Berkeley Springs 20, Clear Spring 6.

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