The final score of 53-35 was the only evidence he needed to support his claim, as the Warriors established a 10-point advantage within the first five minutes and never looked back for an MVAL Antietam victory.
“They were ready to play and we weren’t,” said Grabill. “They dominated in every phase of the game. (We had) too many turnovers, we missed too many easy shots and we only made four of our 14 free throws. (Boonsboro) executed and we didn’t.”
It didn’t help matters that Clear Spring’s senior leader, Ryan Aaron, left the game early with an ankle injury, especially considering the Blazers (4-1, 2-1) entered the game with just 10 players. They suffered two additional ankle injuries and found themselves in early foul trouble.
Boonsboro’s Scott Bennett did most of the damage early with 13 first-half points as the Warriors (3-2, 2-1) led 27-14 at the intermission.
Boonsboro coach Skip Chambers felt it was important for his club to claim the early advantage.
“For our confidence, it was awesome,” said Chambers, whose team hit its first five shots from the field and added two free throws before missing a shot. “(The players) are doing everything I can ask of them. They’re a great group of kids.”
Entering the second period with a 14-6 lead, the Warriors went on a 13-4 run for a 17-point edge behind nine Bennett points, before Michael Riley and Jake Brandt accounted for the final four points of the half.
Boonsboro picked up where it left off in the third quarter, outscoring the Blazers 14-4 for a 41-18 margin. Bennett again led the charge with seven points.
“We’re doing a much better job defensively,” said Chambers.
Boonsboro extended its lead to 53-29 midway through the fourth quarter, but went scoreless over the final four minutes.
A pair of buckets from Jared Brandt and two C.J. Elwood free throws down the stretch made the final margin somewhat more respectable.
Riley was the only Blazer to finish in double figures with 10. Bennett’s 22 points sparked Boonsboro, followed by Chad Cowden and Casey Strunk with 10 points apiece.
Boonsboro 53, Clear Spring 35
CLEAR SPRING (4-1, 2-1)
Jar. Brandt 6, Elwood 9, Riley 10, Schultz 4, Jak. Brandt 6, Totals 15-4-14-35.
BOONSBORO (3-2, 2-1)
R. Walsh 4, Cowden 10, Jardeleza 2, Strunk 10, T. Walsh 3, Bennett 22, Coulter 2, Totals 21-9-14-53.
3-point goals – Clear Spring 1 (Elwood). Boonsboro 2 (Bennett 2). Fouled out – Riley, Jake Brandt.