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Boys hoops: Lions fall just short of MDCC crown

February 25, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • Broadfording's Cisco Silva (10) rises up for a shot as New Life's Austin Brown (13) watches during Saturday's MDCC Tournament championship game.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Broadfording Christian Academy and New Life Christian School split two Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys basketball regular-season matchups. The “tiebreaker” came in Saturday’s MDCC Tournament championship game.

Only four players scored for New Life, but those four did just enough damage to sink Broadfording 67-66 for the title.

“We have four guys who average around 14 to 17 points per game,” Rams coach Bruce Bryant said. “They can all score at any time — it’s a nice luxury.”

Nate DeJong led New Life (20-8) with 25 points before fouling out.

MDCC player of the year Conner Brown scored 15 points and earned tournament MVP honors for the Rams. Seth Myers finished with 14 points, while Austin Brown added 13 points.

It was a raucous fourth quarter, with six lead changes in the final eight minutes.

The Lions led 46-43 heading into the fourth, but found themselves trailing 67-64 in the waning seconds before Moni Anderson was fouled while scoring on a layup that took a few rolls around the rim before dropping in.

But Anderson missed the potential game-tying free throw. New Life grabbed the rebound with 5.4 seconds left and ran out the clock before Broadfording (20-15) could foul.

“We should have fouled there, but we didn’t,” Lions coach Burnie Clutz said.

The Lions were forced to go to their bench early in the fourth when T.J. Campagna and Cisco Silva — both starters — fouled out. Minutes later, Broadfording’s leading scorer, Mo Sallah, fouled out, too.

“There was no sense of trouble when Mo fouled out,” Clutz said. “It makes you extremely proud to see these guys play with such guts.”

Regardless, the Rams were able to hold off the feisty Lions and picked up some momentum heading into the Maryland Christian State Tournament.

“We finished today and did what we needed to do to win,” Bryant said. “I think we’re peaking at the right time.”

Sallah finished with 20 points for Broadfording. Anderson added 19 points.

* Faith Christian Academy defeated Calvary Christian Academy 58-50 in the third-place game.

Faith led 25-20 at the half and went on a 14-2 run to start the third quarter for a 39-22 advantage with just more than four minutes remaining in the frame.

Calvary outscored Faith 22-12 in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough to come back.

Jeremiah Hoy led Faith with 15 points. Calvary’s Tyler Michael finished with a game-high 16 points.

* All-MDCC Tournament team — New Life: Conner Brown (MVP), Austin Brown; Broadfording: Moni Anderson, Mo Sallah; Faith Christian: Jeremiah Hoy; Calvary Christian: Tyler Michael.

New Life 67, Broadfording 66
Sallah 20, Anderson 17, Cradduck 10, Durst 8, Silva 8, Snodderly 5. Totals 25 12-26 66.
DeJong 25, C. Brown 15, Myers 14, A. Brown 13. Totals 22 21-26 67.
Broadfording     12    13    19    20    —    66
New Life    14    13    16    24    —    67
3-points goals — Broadfording 4 (Anderson 2, Durst 2). New Life 2 (A. Brown, C. Brown). Fouled out — Campagna, Sallah, Silva, DeJong.

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