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Blue Storm tucks away win over Tucker

December 17, 2000

Blue Storm tucks away win over Tucker



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


MERCERSBURG, Pa. - While University School head coach Tony Tucker left the school two years ago, he still keeps up with a few people at Mercersburg Academy. One is his nephew, point guard Antoine McGee. Another is guard Jacob Rauchbach.

Saturday afternoon at the Mercersburg Rotary Showcase Classic, they did him in.

McGee scored eight straight points in the fourth quarter to get the Blue Storm back into the game, and Rauchbach made two running bank shots - the second with 2.6 seconds to play - as Mercersburg ruined Tucker's homecoming with an 81-80 victory.

"He's a great coach, so you know you're going against a good team," McGee said. "So this felt real good. It's exciting to play against someone you really know."

For the first three quarters, Tucker and University really knew what they were doing, racing to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and holding it at a comfortable margin. Rauchbach hit two free throws with 7 minutes, 16 seconds to play to make it 66-57 and finally put the Blue Storm (3-2) within striking distance.

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"The kids never give up, and that's why this is so exciting," said Mercersburg coach Mark Cubit, who was Tucker's assistant for two seasons before taking over last season. "We'll get behind, but we always can come back."

Mercersburg was still in a seven-point hole with 2 minutes to go before McGee capped his eight-point run with a runner in the lane. It also started an 8-0 run to end the game. Rauchbach's first bank shot brought Mercersburg within one with 15 seconds to go, and after University turned it over, he pulled off the same shot on the other side.

"They were guarding me high, and the opening was there," said Rauchbach, who scored all 17 iof his points in the second half. "I put it up and it just went in."

University's desperation shot from 40 feet was wide left, setting off a huge celebration that culminated with Rauchbach and McGee on the shoulders of their teammates.

"This was a real good win for them and a real bad loss for us," Tucker said. "A very inspirational effort on their part, and those two did it."

Afterward, there were the usual handshakes and congratulations, but no huge shows of emotion over Tucker's return. It's not like he's vanished or anything.

"I've been back to visit quite a few times ... and this is a good time of the year for us to play here," Tucker said. "If it all works out, we hope to come back."

His Blue Storm friends hope he does, too.

"During the game, you pretty much lose track of those sorts of things," Cubit said. "But we've got a really solid friendship; we talk all the time.

"And I think it's really good to compete against almost family."

Mercersburg 81, University 80


UNIVERSITY SCHOOL (80)

Morrissey 13, Torbert 6, Read 10, Carr 10, Kain 18, White 14, Brown 9. Totals 29 16-23 80.

MERCERSBURG (81)

Flanagan 2, Legler 4, Rauchbach 17, Kinsey 25, Campos 6, Balaban 4, McGee 19, Hughes 4. Totals 31 14-19 81.

University26192114-80

Mercersburg13182426-81

Three-point goals - University 6 (Kain 4, Morrissey 2), Mercersburg 5 (Rauchbach 3, Campos 2). Fouled Out - Legler.

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