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Indians light up Rockets

January 17, 2001

Indians light up Rockets



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Larry Strawoet will likely be looking closely at the game film to find out what his James Buchanan boys basketball team did to awaken the sleeping giant.

After waiting for 16 minutes, Waynesboro got the second half of its season off to a rousing start, scoring 52 second-half points to blitz the Rockets 71-44 in a Mid-Penn Colonial game Tuesday.

"It's a tough way to start the second half," said Strawoet. "They played hard on the offensive end (in the second half), and we played flat-footed. This was the good, the bad and the ugly, and we got the ugly."

Entering the third period with a two-point edge, the Indians (4-11, 1-0) took full advantage of its physical giant, 6-foot-8 center Seth Scott. Scott asserted himself in the paint with 16 second-half points on 7 of 8 shooting while clogging the middle at the defensive end with numerous blocked shots.

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In his first varsity game, John Weber added all 13 of his points in the final 16 minutes, including three from beyond the 3-point arc. As a team, the Indians canned 19 of 27 from the floor in the second half.

Meanwhile, with Scott patrolling the paint, James Buchanan connected on just 10 of 34 shots from the floor.

"I don't know that we did anything a whole lot different in the second half, except we started looking inside a little more," said Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman, "But one big difference is we started making our shots. We haven't shot that well in a long time."

With the score 19-17, Waynesboro extended its lead to 30-22, before Matt Piper scored five straight points for the Rockets (7-8, 0-1) to trim the lead to 30-27.

The Indians then reeled off 18 unanswered points in just over four minutes to establish control of the game, taking a 48-27 cushion into the final eight minutes.

In the process of establishing control, Waynesboro also began controlling the tempo, taking advantage of six JB turnovers.

"We weren't patient," said Strawoet. "A 19-17 game at halftime is more our kind of game. We played scared and it showed."

Piper, who led the Rockets with 20 points, poured in seven in the first half; and John Sheppard added five to keep the game close. Adam Caron paced Waynesboro with seven of his nine points in the opening 16 minutes.

Waynesboro 71, JB 44



JAMES BUCHANAN (44)

Hawbaker 1, D. Ryder 1, Gehr 4, Piper 20, Kaltreider 3, Sheppard 10, Cline 2, A. Ryder 3, Totals 16 8-12 44.

WAYNESBORO (71)

Shaffer 1, Carroll 2, J. Carter 8, Von Rembow 2, Caron 9, Carpenter 2, Weber 13, Moyer 3, Devlin 7, Lyon-Loftus 1, D. Carter 1, Scott 22, Totals 27 12-20 71.

J. Buchanan1071017-44

Waynesboro7122923-71

Three-point goals: JB 4 (Piper 3, Sheppard). Waynesboro 5 J. Carter 2, Weber 3).

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