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Boys Basketball: Wildcats' victory over Warriors no work of art

February 08, 2013|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport’s boys basketball team survived a tough battle against Boonsboro, pulling out a 41-32 win on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam game.

“It has been a very emotional evening,” Wildcats coach Scott Mowbray said. “To get out of here with our third win of the week, I am very pleased for our guys. It surely wasn’t a piece of art, but we did what we needed to do to get the win. On a night when we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, our defense kept us in the game.”

Senior forward Nick Johnson did the work on the inside for Williamsport (11-8, 9-4), finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

“I give all of the credit to my teammates,” Johnson said. “They try to feed me the ball when I am open. I try to get as many rebounds and putbacks as I can.”

Junior Sterling Christy finished with 16 points. He entered the game shooting 55 percent from the foul line, but made 8 of 10.

“Sterling does a good job leading the show,” Johnson said.

Ben Seibert added eight rebounds for the Wildcats.

Casey Strunk finished with 12 points for Boonsboro (7-13, 5-9). Justin Jardeleza made three steals and Dylan Coulter blocked three shots.

“A good team beat us,” Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers said. “We hung in there, but we didn’t get the job done. The kids worked their tails off. You have got to learn how to win. It is a process.”

The free throw line made a huge difference. Williamsport went 12-for-17 from the charity stripe, while Boonsboro made just 1 of 9.

The Wildcats held a 23-15 halftime lead, but the Warriors made a run in the third quarter. Strunk scored six points and Jardeleza added a basket to pull Boonsboro with 25-23 with 3:46 remaining in the period.

Williamsport then held the ball until the closing seconds of the period. Christy got fouled and sank 1 of 2 foul shots with 6 seconds to go to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 26-23.

“Late in the third quarter, they didn’t come out of their zone,” Mowbray said. “So we just held it for the last shot.”

Senior Scott Bennett scored five points in the fourth quarter to help keep the Warriors within striking distance at 35-32 with 1:41 left. But the Wildcats outscored the Warriors 6-0 the rest of the way to seal the victory. Johnson scored four of his eight fourth-quarter points in the final 1:15.

“In the final two minutes of the game, we did a nice job spreading the floor and running our offense,” Mowbray said.

JV: Williamsport, 51-44 (W: Zach Barr 11; B: Logan Taulton 16).

Williamsport 41, Boonsboro 32
BOONSBORO (7-13, 5-9)
Seabright 2, Jardeleza 4, Bennett 6, Coulter 4, Wetzel 2, Jenkins 2, Strunk 12. Totals 15 1-9 32.
WILLIAMSPORT (11-8, 9-4)
Crabtree 3, Arnone 4, Christy 16, Morris 2, Johnson 12, Seibert 4. Totals 14 12-17 41.
Boonsboro    8    7    8    9    —    32
Williamsport    10    13    3    15    —    41
3-point goals — Boonsboro 1 (Bennett), Williamsport 1 (Crabtree).

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