The Clarksburg Coyotes limped up the hill to play neighboring Damascus on Friday night, down three players, and they limped back down to lick their wounds after losing just their second game of the season.
The Swarmin’ Hornets, who had just one win before Friday seized the opportunity to sting the Coyotes, who have won seven games this season. Damascus won 56-51 in a hotly contested game, which saw punches and fists flying at one point.
Clarksburg was without their standout guard Andrew Kostecka, who will miss about a month with a badly sprained ankle, according to Head Coach George Kissal. They were also playing without Jaylen Bartlbey and Ryan Costin, for undisclosed reasons.
The first period was close with both teams netting 14 points. However, Clarksburg struggled in the middle quarter of the game, scoring just 14 points over the second and third quarters, compared to Damascus’ 27 points over the same period.
The Coyotes had only four players earn points, and three were in double digits. They were lead by Jeff McInnis, who had 18 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, as the Coyotes attempted to come back. Clarksburg’s Dallas Marshall had 13 points, and Ian Krishnan added 10 points. Michael Winterburn rounded out the four Coyote scorers with six points.
Clarksburg scored a total of 23 points in the final stanza, but it was too little to catch the Hornets who were paced by Mason Green who finished the game with 18 points and Doug Gibson who pitched in 12 points.
Damascus will try to improve their 2-4 record on the road next week at 3-4-1 Poolesville on Tuesday and 6-3 Seneca Valley on Friday night.
The Coyotes are also on the road next week as they attempt to get back in the win column. They will play 6-3 Gaithersburg on Tuesday and 2-7 Northwest on Friday night.
EDITORS NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Clarksburg's Andrew Kostecka's injury. It has been corrected to reflect an ankle injury not a knee injury. Germantown Pulse staff does its best to make sure the information we provide is accurate and apologizes for any confusion.
Top: Clarksburg’s Jeff McInnis (0) attempts a layup over Damascus defender John Bilig (33). McInnis finished with 22 points in a losing effort.
Next: Clarksburg’s Dallas Marshall (32) attempts a layup for two of his 13 points.
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.