Blazers' offense carries the day to beat Hancock

December 09, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK — Nick Hill had a team-high 19 points and Ralph Weaver came off the bench to score 15 as Clear Spring rolled past Hancock 87-59 on Friday night.

The Blazers’ offense was rolling all night — they scored more than 20 points in two quarters and 19 points in the other two — but coach Ryan Grabill was displeased with his team’s defensive outing.

“We don’t usually have enough offensive firepower to give up 50-plus points every night,” Grabill said. “We couldn’t guard our own shadow tonight.”

Even though Clear Spring (2-0) scored more points than the average NCAA Division I college team, it was careless with the ball, turning it over 19 times.

“We aren’t going to win many games with that many turnovers,” Grabill said. “I’m happy with the win, I’m just not happy about how we got it.”

It was a physical game from the start and the officials weren’t letting much slide, as both teams were in the bonus shortly into the second quarter and the Blazers drew a technical foul in the fourth.

“I love my guys,” Grabill stated. “I’m just disappointed in our defensive effort and overall composure.”

The Blazers commanded an early lead after the first quarter, leading 23-11 entering the second frame. They led 42-25 at halftime.

“We just make so many little errors,” Hancock coach Jeff Spielman said. “Our basketball IQ is not where it needs to be. We have a lot of room for improvement.”

Hancock, however, steadily increased its quarterly point total as the game progressed. After scoring 11 in the first quarter, the Panthers (0-2) scored 14 in the both the second and third quarters and 20 points in the final eight minutes.

“I think we’ll get better as the season goes along,” Spielman said. “I feel good about this team. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

Clear Spring got a major boost from its bench, led by Weaver. In total, the Blazers scored 34 bench points.

“(Weaver) played with tremendous energy tonight and I’m happy with how he has played so far,” Grabill said. “He provided some much-needed energy off the bench.”

Hancock was led by junior Hunter McKinley, who recorded a game-high 23 points. Garrett Wiles added nine points, five assists and three steals.

Sam Elwood joined teammates Weaver and Hill in the double-digit category with 11 points to go along with six assists and three steals for Clear Spring.

JV: Clear Spring, 65-30.

Hill 19, Weaver 15, Elwood 11, Aaron 9, Miller 8, Brant 7, Sensenbaugh 6, Cornwell 4, Mellott 4, Paul 4. Totals 38 9-16 87.
McKinley 23, Sipe 9, Wiles 9, Foreman 8, Finney 4, Manning 3, O’Brien 2, Martin 1. Totals 18 20-33 59.
Clear Spring     23    19    26    19    —    87
Hancock    11    14    14    20    —    59
3-point goals — Clear Spring 5 (Elwood 2, Weaver 2, Aaron). Hancock 3 (McKinley 2, Manning). Technical foul — Miller. JV — Clear Spring, 65-30.

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