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Boys Basketball: Lions turn tables on Eagles to clinch MDCC league crown

February 12, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy gave Broadfording Christian a lesson from the School of Fundamental Basketball 101 for three quarters.

Broadfording paid attention and turned a nine-point deficit at the beginning of the fourth quarter into a 62-59 victory on Tuesday night to win the regular-season Mason Dixon Christian Conference championship.

Barring any upsets in the league, there’s a chance the two teams will meet again on Feb. 23 in the MDCC tournament championship at Grace Academy.

“It’s a big loss because they’ll be the No. 1 seed and it’ll be tougher as the No. 2 seed,” Heritage coach Mike Kidd said. “But we hope to see them again a week from Saturday.”

Heritage (15-2, 11-2) had it their way for three quarters, playing solid basketball at both ends of the floor. The Eagles committed only seven turnovers through three quarters while running their offense efficiently.

Broadfording (24-7, 13-1) briefly led 19-16 in the first half, but really it was all Heritage until the fourth quarter.

The Eagles broke a 34-all tie with a 9-0 run, fueled by four points from Chris Harrell, for a 43-34 lead at the 1:45 mark before settling for a 49-40 lead through the third quarter.

“We did a number of things well up to that point,” said Kidd. “But we knew they would keep coming.”

The Lions did just that.

“(Heritage) controlled the inside tempo and were doing things their way,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. “We went double-up, full court on defense in the fourth quarter at every opportunity.”

After Ben Cosner scored to open the fourth quarter to give Heritage a 51-40 lead, the Lions suddenly put things in reverse.

Cisco Silva and Moni Anderson scored four points each to key Broadfording’s 10-0 run to close within 51-50 with 4:50 left.

Heritage kept its composure to push to a 57-52 margin with 2:46 to go.

Silva hit a bucket and Anderson hit four straight free throws, giving Broadfording a 58-57 lead.

With Heritage turning the ball over on three straight possessions and being forced to foul, Broadfording went to the line but made only 2 of 6 for a 60-57 lead with 26 seconds remaining, giving the Eagles a chance.

After Bryce Nigh missed a 3-pointer for Heritage, Silva was fouled and hit one free throw with 10.8 second left for a 61-57 lead and Ben Cosner hit a layup for the Eagles with 5.2 seconds to go.

Isaiah Daniels hit only 1 of 2 at the line for Broadfording with 5.2 seconds left, giving Heritage a last shot off the rebound. The Eagles got into the frontcourt but a 3-point effort by Harrell was off the mark.

“We preach that defense wins championships,” Clutz said. “We are quicker defensively than we are offensively and we needed to use that to our advantage. I told them between quarters ‘we’ve worked our hearts out all year on defense and we needed to let them have it.’”

Heritage had beaten Broadfording 62-61 on Jan. 15 in their first meeting.

“We didn’t figure things out in the fourth quarter, lost our composure,” Kidd said.

Anderson led Broadfording with 18 points, Silva had 13 along with 10 rebounds, Mo Sallah had 11 points with 16 rebounds and five blocked shots and Daniels had 10.

For Heritage, Ben Cosner led all scorers with 22 points and Harrell had 13. Alex Cosner had eight points and a team-high 16 rebounds.

NOTE: At halftime, Heritage Academy student Chloe Prejean hit a halfcourt shot to win a free sandwich a week for one year from Chick-fil-A.

Broadfording 62, Heritage 59
BROADFORDING (24-7, 13-1)
Anderson 18, Daniels 10, Sallah 11, Silva 13, B. Cradduck 6, Price 4. Totals 25 11-22 62.
HERITAGE ACADEMY (15-2, 11-2)
Nigh 8, Patey 6, A. Cosner 8, Harrell 13, B. Cosner 22, Fisler 2. Totals 24 9-11 59.
Broadfording    11    13    16    22    —    62
Heritage    13    15    21    10    —    59
3-point goals — Broadfording 1 (Daniels), Heritage 2 (Nigh 2). Fouled out—Heritage: Patey.

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