'Roaders derail Warriors' season

February 25, 2011|By CHRIS CARTER |

BRUNSWICK, Md. — It’s said that patience is a virtue.

The Boonsboro boys basketball team made it seem more like a vice Friday night.

Boonsboro controlled the tempo with abundant ball movement in the halfcourt, but the Warriors’ execution lacked and Brunswick took advantage as the Railroaders doubled up Boonsboro 52-26 in a Maryland Class 1A West Region East Sectional quarterfinal.

Boonsboro (4-19) slowed the game down — so much so that the Warriors attempted just 25 shots — but 26 turnovers allowed Brunswick to play in transition and create several easy baskets.

“We couldn’t get very good shots, couldn’t get our stuff going,” said Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers. “We just didn’t attack the zone very well. It was like we hadn’t seen a zone defense before.”

Brunswick (12-11) consistently clogged passing lanes to create the barrage of turnovers — 15 coming on steals — as the Railroaders advanced to host Smithsburg in a sectional semifinal on Monday.

“(Boonsboro) controlled the tempo and kept it as slow as possible, just like they wanted,” said Railroaders coach Dan McLane. “In the second half we did a better job of getting in front of passes and it allowed us to go the other way with it.”

The Warriors were solid on both ends early in the game and even held a 15-11 lead with 5:30 left in the first half. But Brunswick finally found its legs and ended the half on a 14-0 run.

“If the game lasted 13 minutes, we would have been OK,” Chambers said. “The game plan is what we wanted, we just didn’t execute.”

So few shots for Boonsboro meant even fewer opportunities for second-chance points. The Warriors had just three offensive rebounds — they were outrebounded 34-19 overall — and only one of those offensive boards was converted into points.

Meanwhile, Brunswick had 16 offensive rebounds, led by Ian Fisher with seven — three of which he scored after grabbing. Fisher finished with 12 rebounds to go with his game-high 16 points.

“They came out and ran kind of a 1-3-1 on (Fisher), which is something we haven’t seen all year,” McLane said. “It took us a little bit to adjust to it, but we got it figured out.”

Turnovers and rebounding helped Brunswick offset a subpar shooting night. The Railroaders hit just 20 of 55 shots (36.3 percent) and made just 1 of 16 from long range.

“Sometimes you think you’re playing well, but you’re just shooting well. And sometimes you think you’re playing bad, but you’re just shooting bad,” McLane said. “I think that’s what it was tonight.”

Boonsboro ended its season by losing to the Railroaders for the third time. Justin Lewis led the Warriors with 10 points and Caleb Jardeleza grabbed seven rebounds.

Brunswick 52, Boonsboro 26

J. Jardeleza 2 0-2 5, C. Jardeleza 2 0-0 4, Lewis 3 2-4 10, Bittner 1 0-0 3, Lowery 1 0-0 2, Miranda 1 0-0 2. Totals 10-25 2-6 26.
Fawley 1 0-0 2, Martin 2 0-0 4, Lawson 2 2-4 6, Cutsail 3 0-1 7, Fisher 6 4-9 16, McCallum 2 1-2 5, Darling 1 2-2 4, Nusbaum 2 0-1 4, Dabbs 1 0-0 2, Campbell 1 0-0 2. Totals 21-55 9-19 52.
Boonsboro    9    6    4    7    —    26
Brunswick    7    18    11    16    —    52

3-point goals — Boonsboro 4 (J. Jardeleza, Lewis 2, Bittner), Brunswick 1 (Cutsail).

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