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Indians' hieght gets them past Greencastle

December 16, 2000

Indians' hieght gets them past Greencastle



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro's basketball team was in a rut.

It's a good thing for the Indians they have someone with the physical attributes of Seth Scott, who can peek over the top of most any valley.

Waynesboro used Scott's 6-foot-7 height along with the versatility of 6-5 Ryan Devlin Friday to come back from a three-point halftime deficit and hang a 65-47 decision on rival Greencastle-Antrim.

"We've been in a hole and sometimes it takes something great to get out of the hole," said Scott, who finished with a game-high 24 points with 11 rebounds. "I think this game got us out of the hole."

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It at least kicked some dirt in it.

Waynesboro (2-5) went to the one-two punch of basketball near the rim to start the second half. The Indians looked inside to Scott the first four times down the floor, resulting in drop steps off the box and two quick layups and a 24-23 lead.

Devlin helped start the comeback, first with passes to Scott, then with his outside jumper. The Indians rattled off a 23-6 third quarter - with Scott scoring eight points and Devlin adding a pair of 3-pointers - to build a commanding 43-29 lead.

"Basically, we just started playing smarter basketball," Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. "There aren't too many teams who can matchup with our height and we have to start realizing that. We started to make the extra pass and hit the open man. Our meal tickets are Seth and Ryan and we have to get it to them."

Waynesboro's height advantage wore on Greencastle (0-6) on the defensive end of the floor. The Blue Devils managed only one basket over a 10-minute, 45-second span to fall behind 48-35 with 6:29 remaining on a layup by Alex Denkovich for two of his 16 points.

Devlin scored eight of his 19 points and 16 rebounds down the stretch to put the game out of reach. The Indians led by as many as 20 in the fourth quarter.

"Our game plan was to stop the big guys as much as we could and take our chances with them shooting from the outside," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "But Seth did a good job catching the ball and turning away from our double team which was coming at him from the top of the key. We had trouble against their height. That's something that we are not used seeing that kind of size in practice."

Greencastle gummed up Waynesboro's offense with a zone in the second quarter. It allowed Sean Fitz to score the final five points of the half and give the Blue Devils the 23-20 halftime lead.

"It was a mental thing," Scott said. "Today we were more awake and more focused and were able to find the open men. When Ryan is hitting from the outside, it makes my job a whole lot easier. I think this is the game that makes us turn the corner."

Waynesboro 65, Greencastle 47


GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (47)

Ile 5, Denkovich 16, Barnes 8, Chlebowski 4, Straite 8, Fitz 6. Totals 15 12-16 47.

WAYNESBORO (65)

Carter 8, Von Rembow 3, Caron 9, Carpenter 2, Devlin 19, Scott 24. Totals 23 13-19 65.

Greencastle914618-47

Waynesboro1192322-65

Three-point baskets - Greencastle 5 (Denkovich 2, Strait 2, Ile), Waynesboro 6 (Devlin 3, Caron 2, Von Rembow). Technicals - Greencastle 1 (Windle), Waynesboro 2 (Devlin, McLaughlin).

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