Boys Basketball: Leopards win one that almost got away

February 01, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG — The Smithsburg boys basktball team almost let one get away, blowing a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter against Clear Spring.

But the Leopards came back to pull out a 45-44 victory on Friday night in a MVAL Antietam boys basketball game.

The Blazers grabbed a one-point lead before the Leopards made their move in the final seconds of the game.

Point guard Kevin Gibson passed the ball to Cedric Barnes, who scored with six seconds remaining to put Smithsburg ahead.

Clear Spring missed a long, desperation shot at the buzzer to seal the win for Smithsburg.

“On our last possession, Kevin penetrated like he wanted to and he dished off to Cedric,” Smithsburg coach Mike Williams said. “Cedric was in the right position where we wanted him to, so he could make the basket.”

Gibson scored 12 points, while Matt Sprecher added 11 points and six rebounds for Smithsburg (7-10, 5-6). Kyle Dinterman scored all eight of his points for the Leopards during the fourth quarter. One of Dinterman’s four field goals came when he made a pass that was deflected against the backboard before going in the basket.

“We were very fortunate,” Williams said. “Clear Spring played a lot harder and a lot smarter. But I give my kids credit. Matt Sprecher played hard like he always does every game. He played with a lot of heart. We got a real nice effort off the bench tonight.”

Ryan Aaron finished with 17 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and seven rebounds for Clear Spring (5-9, 2-9). Freshman Michael Riley added 14 points, including a 5-for-7 performance from the foul line in the fourth quarter.

The Leopards made nine of 12 free throws, while the Blazers sank 12 of their 20 foul shots.

“We had 19 turnovers and we were 12-for-20 from the free throw line,” Clear Spring coach Ryan Grabill said. “That is basically your ball game right there. I thought we defended well. But we continued to struggle to score. We showed a lot of heart fighting back. But at the end, they just made one more play than us. We have just got to continue to work.”

The Leopards held a seven-point lead after three quarters.

After Riley opened the fourth quarter with a bucket for Clear Spring, Dinterman responded with a pair of baskets for Smithsburg to extend the lead to 37-28 with 4:57 to go in the period.

The Blazers then outscored the Leopards 16-6 during the next 4:40 to go in front 44-43 with 17 seconds left in the game, setting the stage for Barnes’ game-winning basket for the Leopards.

Smithsburg 45, Clear Spring 44
CLEAR SPRING (5-9, 2-9)
Elwood 2, Quilici 2, Riley 14, Aaron 17, C. Schultz 5, Fisher 4. Totals 14 12-20 44.
SMITHSBURG (7-10, 5-6)
Miller 2, Ryan 5, Sprecher 11, Barnes 4, Gibson 12, Dinterman 8, Tracey 3. Totals 16 9-12 45.
Clear Spring    12    4    10    18    —    44
Smithsburg    7    15    11    12    —    45
3-point goals — Clear Spring 4 (Riley, Aaron 3), Smithsburg (Ryan, Sprecher 2, Gibson).

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