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No. 1 Allegany uses 20-2 run to rout Keyser, 72-48

Feb. 17—CUMBERLAND — After a tight quarter-plus of action, No. 1 Allegany locked in and blew Keyser away with a 20-2 run.

The Tornado led by as many as seven points and were ahead 21-17 early in the second quarter when the Campers enforced their will. By the time Isaiah Fields capped the onslaught with a transition dunk, Alco's lead had swelled to 37-23.

Allegany then used a 28-6 burst to push its margin to 30 points in the second half, and behind double-figure scoring efforts from Fields, Dae Dae Smith and Zach Michael, the Campers routed Keyser, 72-48, on Friday afternoon.

"We started off the game and played atrocious defense," Allegany head coach Tedd Eirich said. "Gave up 18 points right away. We didn't box out. Then, second quarter, we flip a switch.

"Inching closer to playoff time, and we have to learn to play a whole game."

Allegany improved its record to 18-3 and can likely clinch the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A West Region I playoffs with a win over Smithsburg (16-3) on Monday.

While Fort Hill (15-4) has the same number of losses in playoff record (in-season tournament games don't count for postseason standing), the Sentinels' game Saturday against Washington was canceled.

That means unless the Sentinels can find a replacement game, they'll finish with one fewer victory than the Campers if both win out.

Fort Hill is seeking a forfeit victory but hasn't received one yet.

Fields paced the Allegany charge Friday with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals. Smith added 19 points on five 3-pointers, five assists and five rebounds; Michael notched a double-double with 16 points and 13 boards; and Dylan Shaffer racked up eight points, five assists and five rebounds.

Kam Samples topped Keyser with 12 points, followed by Drew Matlick with eight and Patrick Liller and Jack Stanislawczyk with seven each.

Keyser dominated the offensive glass early, using second and third chances to build a 12-5 lead following 3-pointers by Samples and Davis.

Allegany, down 18-17 after a quarter, trailed 21-17 early in the second when it appeared to flip a switch.

Alco diced up Keyser's 2-3 zone, as Shaffer acted as a distributer along the baseline, feeding Michael, who had 11 points before halftime, for easy makes in the lane.

Fields also had his midrange working, evidenced by his 15 first-half points on seven field goals.

"We played better defense," Eirich said of the key's to Alco's 20-7 second quarter. "Got our bodies in front of theirs, didn't let them penetrate. We boxed out. Just the simple things you want a team to do everyday.

"When you get rebounds, you can get out and run the ball a little bit more. We were able to get some fast-break points off that."

The Campers attacked the glass to the tune of a 37-25 rebounding edge, and they took advantage of Keyser settling for 3-point attempts against their tight man-to-man defense.

"In the second quarter, we settled for a lot of long shots, gave up long rebounds and gave up run-outs," Keyser head coach Scott Furey said. "It balloons. We even called a timeout and reminded them of that.

"I think we have that stretch unfortunately every game. We have that stretch where we settle in and we're not gonna go to the rim anymore and settle for 3-point shots."

Allegany assisted on 21 of its 30 makes and turned the ball over just eight times.

Keyser, down 37-25 at the half, started the second half on a personal 8-0 run by Matlick, capped by a pair of 3-pointers, to trail 41-33, but the Campers scored 15 of the final 21 points in the quarter to lead 56-35.

Allegany began the fourth on a 13-0 run, as Smith got hot from deep, drilling a trio of 3s in four tries during the flurry.

The Campers' 69-39 lead was their highest of the game.

When Samples split a pair of free throws with 3:27 to play in the game, the make marked Keyser's first points of the fourth quarter.

Keyser now turns to a home matchup with No. 3 Fort Hill, which defeated the Golden Tornado, 63-59, on Jan. 31 in South Cumberland, on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Allegany welcomes Smithsburg on Monday at 7 p.m. in what is likely a must-win game for the Campers to lock down home-court advantage in the region playoffs.

"This team is really good," Eirich said of the Leopards. "I know they have the transfers back in from Goretti. It's the most important game of the year at this point. The kids know the importance of it and I do. We're just going to play four quarters Monday, or we will not win."

Alex Rychwalski is a sports reporter at the Cumberland Times-News. Follow him on Twitter @arychwal.