Cadets lose to Devils

December 27, 2001

Cadets lose to Devils

By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent
Greencastle 62, Frederick 59

Frederick (59)

Lewis 19, Middleton 4, Bush 7, Shade 21, McIntyre 6, Davis 2, Totals 27 3-13 59.

Greencastle (62)

Ile 12, Denkovich 11, Vance 8, Hoffman 7, Chlebowski 9, Reese 2, Bennett 2, Fitz 11, Totals 19 20-27 62.



Three-point goals - Frederick 2 (Lewis 2), Greencastle 4 (Ile 2, Denkovich 2). JV - Frederick, 51-38.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - What a difference a few days can make.

Tuesday night, Derrick Shackleford would have listed free throw shooting as one of the strengths of his Frederick boys basketball team.


That's not the case today ... not after the Cadets hit just three of 13 shots from the stripe, and dropped a 62-59 decision to Greencastle Friday night.

"Foul shots, foul shots, foul shots. That was the ball game," Shackleford said. "It's amazing. Tuesday night we shot 25 of 31, and tonight we shoot 3 of 13."

Despite the lackluster effort from the charity stripe, the Cadets (2-3) still had an opportunity to win the game down the stretch. Down one with 7 seconds left, Tommy McIntyre launched a 3-pointer.

that bounced off the rim to a waiting Justin Shade, whose layup missed the mark as well. Two attempts to tip the ball in also failed before Greencastle's Dan Chlebowski was fouled with two second remaining to all but seal the win for the Blue Devils.

The setback was all the more disappointing considering Frederick was in serious danger of being blown out. The Blue Devils (6-3) held a 17-point advantage with six minutes left in the third quarter, then proceeded to go seven minutes without a field goal, thanks to a merciless, full-court pressure defense that forced 17 second-half turnovers and keyed a 20-5 run to close the gap to 52-50 with more than four minutes remaining in the game.

"You have to credit their defensive intensity," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "They played like they were possessed in the second half."

Unlike the first half when Frederick (2-3) forced 11 turnovers and still faced a 13-point halftime deficit, the Cadets converted their opportunities in the final 16 minutes behind the inside scoring of Justin Shade who scored 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half.

"One of the things we talked about at halftime was how good our post defense was," said Gembe. "In the second half I think their intensity made us play a little softer."

Frederick finally tied the score at 58 with 96 seconds left, but the Blue Devils made four of six free throws down the stretch - the Cadets hit just one of two - to secure the win.

Greencastle hit just four field goals in the final 14 minutes, while the Cadets hit 16 within the same span.


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