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Rockets' boys get past Waynesboro

December 09, 2002|by BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Cold enough for you?

Apparently not for Waynesboro boys basketball coach Tom Hoffman.

Just moments after James Buchanan ran away with a 58-35 Mid Penn win over his Indians, Hoffman was staring in disbelief at his shot charts that showed the Indians hitting just 8 of 54 shots from the floor, including none of their 10 3-point attempts.

Waynesboro didn't score its first point until the 1:34 mark of the first quarter and went in at the half trailing, 28-10.

Cold? Try frigid.

"We were just handed a good old fashioned butt whipping. (JB) wanted it more than us and they hustled more than us," Hoffman said. "It's not rocket science."

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But there was kind of a scientific approach as to how coach Larry Strawoet's Rockets were able to dominate Waynesboro for its first win of the year.

JB played a smothering defense that first slowed, then frustrated Waynesboro's motion offense. In the first half alone, the Rockets created 10 turnovers and outrebounded the Indians by almost a 2-to-1 margin.

Most of the damage in the paint was done by the Rockets' Drew Hostler and Eric Meyers. Both JB standouts finished with 15 points, but they dominated the boards before the break and for costly periods of time in the second half.

"Both of those guys are good players," Hoffman said. "We knew it would be a tough matchup for us."

"Meyer and Hostler can control a game with their inside play," Strawoet said. "We were able to allow our guards to get better looks tonight and to take high percentage shots."

With Buchanan holding a 30-17 lead, first Hostler and then Meyer were whistled for their fourth fouls. The Rockets' bench responded.

Doug Dofflemeyer drained a 3-pointer from the right wing, and Michah Hawbaker followed with a layup off a steal as the Rockets jumped out to the biggest lead of the night.

"We know we are not a come-from-behind type of team," Hoffman said. "We have had trouble this year putting the ball in the basket."

"I thought we set the tone defensively throughout the game," Strawoet said. "We will get increasingly better inside as the season goes on."

John Weber had 11 points to lead Waynesboro.




JB 58, Waynesboro 35


WAYNESBORO (35)

Geesaman 7, Helman 1, Hewitt 2, Kauffman 3, Livengood 2, Rodgers 5, K. Sanders 1, M. Sanders 3, Weber 11. Totals 8 19-29 35.

JAMES BUCHANAN (58)

Hostler 15, Hawbaker 2, Heckman 3, T. Piper 7, Dofflemyer 7, Zimmerman 1, Meyers 15, Morrow 6, Poffenberger 2. Totals 18 21-30 58.

Waynesboro461312-35

J. Buchanan16121119-58

Three-point goals - JB 1 (Dofflemyer). Fouled Out - Meyers. Technicals - Dofflemeyer, Livengood. JV - JB, 36-30 (Luke Meyers 11).

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