Lions leave Knights behind

February 24, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — The Broadfording Christian Academy Lions put the visiting Grace Academy Knights away early in a 64-15 victory in the Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball quarterfinals Thursday.

Broadfording (20-11) will play in the semifinals Friday at Grace at 5 p.m. against the winner of the quarterfinal between New Life and Calvary, while the season came to an end for Grace (4-17).

The Lions built a 25-2 lead over the Knights in the first 10:42 of Thursday’ game. Six-foot-5 senior power forward Pete Cradduck scored all nine of his points during the stretch for Broadfording. Cradduck also had six rebounds in the game.

“We came out big,” Cradduck said. “We played hard from the opening tip. We had a lot of focus and we started off with a lot of energy. We are going to need that tomorrow night. I was glad that I got a few baskets early, so that I could help set up a good fast break for the team. That fast break resulted in a good balanced scoring effort for the team.”

Cradduck said he likes the way Broadfording has come together this season.

“We’re finally developing our chemistry, which is essential to us going deep in postseason play,” he said. “I’m proud of the team overall.”

D.J. Blanks had 12 points and five steals, while Ben Cradduck scored 10 points for the Lions. Mo Sallah had 12 rebounds, seven blocked shots and eight points, while Andrew Wyand had nine points, Elijah Colliflower had seven rebounds and Ryan Dominguez added four assists in the victory.

“Grace Academy is a talented team, but very young,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. “We have seven seniors and I think that makes quite a difference. We had hoped to take control right from the very beginning. Defense wins championships. So, we stressed the requirement to play good defense from the opening tip. I thought we were aggressive with the basketball and we were unselfish.”

Despite the big victory, Clutz said he still feels there is room for improvement for his Lions.

“We still turned the ball over 19 times,” he said. “We have got to fix that.”

E.J. Boutieller finished with 10 points and five rebounds, while Daniel Frederickson had 10 rebounds for the Knights.

“We shot 8-for-52,” Grace coach Ira Brown said. “We missed 44 shots. About one-third of those shots were uncontested. It was an off night. Broadfording has got a good team. I give their coach a lot of credit. They are a very deep team. They don’t lose anything coming off of the bench.”

Broadfording Christian 64, Grace Academy 15

Knight 1 0-0 2, Boutieller 4 0-0 10, Hykes 0 0-2 0, Frederickson 1 1-4 3. Totals 6 1-6 15.
Dominguez 1 0-0 3, Blanks 4 2-4 12, Sallah 4 0-3 8, Boone 1 0-2 2, Wyand 4 0-0 9, Campagna 1 0-0 2, P. Cradduck 4 1-2 9, Colliflower 2 1-2 5, B. Cradduck 4 2-3 10, Garrish 2 0-0 4. Totals 27 6-16 64.
Grace Academy    2    7    0    6    —    15
Broadfording    19    12    20    13    —    64

3-point goals—Grace Academy 2 (Boutieller 2). Broadfording 4 (Dominguez, Blanks 2, Wyand).

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