BOONSBORO — It’s been a season of streaks for Clear Spring’s boys basketball team.
After opening the season with a seven-game winning streak, the Blazers suffered through a seven-game losing streak. But they’re back on the winning track with two straight victories, the latest Friday’s 60-44 triumph over Boonsboro in an MVAL Antietam game.
Clear Spring (9-7, 5-5) put Boonsboro (3-13, 0-10) in the rear-view mirror by taking a 22-6 lead through the first quarter.
“We jumped out to a good lead,” Blazers coach Ryan Grabill said. “We defended well and we made some shots. We were able to set up in our pressure and force some turnovers. We played well in spurts and fortunately, it was enough.
“We’re hoping to start playing our best ball now in the final month of the season.”
Though the Warriors played the Blazers even over the final three quarters, the first quarter proved decisive.
Senior Nick Hill scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter for Clear Spring. He also had a game-high seven rebounds.
“During the previous two games, I have been shooting the ball well,” Hill said. “So, I came into this game with some confidence. I just tried to stay aggressive.”
Reserve guard Ryan Aaron scored 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Sam Elwood added 10 points and four assists for the Blazers.
Justin Lewis scored 14 points and Riley Stephenson grabbed six rebounds for the Warriors, who made 15 of 21 free throws (72 percent).
“The kids played hard for me,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “We have baseball players that are playing basketball and they are giving me everything they’ve got. What else can a coach ask? The first quarter killed us. But our kids did not quit. We’ll get better.”
Clear Spring 60, Boonsboro 44
CLEAR SPRING (9-7, 5-5)
S. Elwood 10, Hill 22, Aaron 12, Cornwell 2, Walling 2, Brant 6, Sensenbaugh 6. Totals 22 9-18 60.
BOONSBORO (3-13, 0-10)
Walsh 2, Seabright 4, Cowden 2, Jardeleza 5, Lewis 14, Stephenson 6, Bitner 1, Bennett 2, Miranda 8. Totals 13 15-21 44.
Clear Spring 22 16 10 12 — 60
Boonsboro 6 19 13 6 — 44
3-point goals — Clear Spring 7 (S. Elwood 2, Hill, Aaron 3, Brant). Boonsboro 3 (Jardeleza, Lewis 2).