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Boys Basketball: Indians' defense locks up Warriors

December 21, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — After allowing an average of 76 points per game through five contests, Berkeley Springs boys basketball coach Jeremy Horvat was very happy with the defensive effort his Indians put forth on Friday night.

The Indians came to Boonsboro, forced 26 turnovers and put a 54-39 defeat on Boonsboro in the final game for both teams before holiday tournaments.

“This is the first game this season where we’ve buckled down defensively,” Horvat said. “We had the opportunity to force turnovers by putting pressure on the ball. I’m happiest that we held a team under 40.”

Berkeley Springs (3-2) controlled the game from the start, racing to a 13-2 lead with Boonsboro losing the ball five times and shooting 1 for 6 in the early stages.

The Indians’ go-to man, 6-foot-3 Kyle Appel, hit a 3-pointer and added a slam dunk, going the length of the floor after his steal.

Boonsboro (3-3) managed to cut the deficit to 18-14 heading into the final minute of the second quarter, when the defining moment of the game came.

An intentional foul on Berkeley Springs sent Justin Jardeleza to the line, but he missed two free throws and the Warriors followed the possession with a turnover which Appel turned into another dunk. Having avoided a potential swing in momentum, the Indians held a 22-16 halftime lead.

“That wasn’t so much the game, we just weren’t ready to compete,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said.

Berkeley Springs increased its lead to 34-23 after three quarters and then spent the remainder of the game at the free throw line.

In the fourth period, the Indians went 12 of 18 at the stripe. Even Boonsboro went to the line 11 times — making just five — in the last eight minutes.

“I didn’t realize we made that many (free throws),” Horvat said. “We have shot only 58 percent from the line so far.”

For the game, Berkeley Springs went 19 of 29 from the charity stripe.

Appel led the Indians with 18 points, scoring inside and outside, including a 3-pointer. He ended with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds. He almost made it a triple-double, adding eight steals to his ledger.

“(Kyle) can do everything, handles the ball well, goes to the hole hard, a stud,” Horvat said.

Jardeleza led the Warriors with 10 points despite playing most of the second half with four personal fouls. Scott Bennett, Boonsboro’s leading scorer with a 14.4 average, was held to only three points and also suffered an apparent broken nose midway through the game.

“We played hard, but just got beat in every phase of the game,” Chambers said. “We couldn’t run our offense and we were sloppy with the ball. And we had those turnovers without them really pressing us.”

Berkeley Springs 54, Boonsboro 39
BERKELEY SPRINGS (3-2)
Wise 7, Spielman 2, Kearney 16, Appel 18, Athey 4, Truax 3, Mills 2, Zinzow 2. Totals 16 19-29 54.
BOONSBORO (3-3)
Coulter 6, T. Walsh 8, Jenkins 3, Strunk 7, Cowden 2, Jardeleza 10, Bennett 3. Totals 15 7-15 39.
Berk. Springs    13    9    12    20    —    54
Boonsboro    7    9    7    16    —    39
3-point goals — Berkeley Springs 3 (Appel, Kearney, Wise), Boonsboro 2 (T. Walsh 2). Fouled out — Wise. Flagrant foul — Crown (Bo).

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