Dodson's dance step lifts Devils

February 05, 2004|by DAN KAUFFMAN

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Call it the Brian Dodson dance step.

It's a hard dribble right, a quick step back and a jump shot over a defender, and on Wednesday night, it gave Greencastle-Antrim's boys basketball team a victory over rival James Buchanan.

Dodson's jumper from the right wing with 27 seconds left broke a 47-47 tie in overtime, and Derick Wollaston's two free throws with 5 seconds to play iced the Blue Devils' 51-47 victory over the Rockets.

"I was just looking to score," said Dodson, who finished with a game-high 16 points. "They play great defense and that's why it's tough to get off a shot. The tight defense was what gave me that shot."


Dodson scored 10 of his points in a 12-2 fourth-quarter run that gave Greencastle (6-15) a 41-32 lead with four minutes left. The same jab-step and step-back move freed Dodson for a 3-point dagger that capped the run and seemed to give the Blue Devils all the momentum.

"That's what I try to do," Dodson said. "It's a team effort, but somebody has to step it up every now and then."

However, James Buchanan (10-10) rallied to force overtime behind center Drew Hostler's five points and Greencastle's four turnovers. Shase Hollenshead's acrobatic drive down the lane for a gliding scoop layup and his only two points tied the game at 41-41 with 34 seconds left.

"Going down the stretch with a nine-point lead, there's a fine line," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "You want to be aggressive, but also smart. Some of those turnovers, we were indecisive and indecisiveness causes turnovers."

On Greencastle's final possession of regulation, Brett Hoffman's 12-foot jumper from the left baseline with five seconds left was short.

After a JB timeout, Hostler's 60-foot heave at the buzzer sailed left.

Greencastle built a 47-44 lead through three minutes of overtime - in which Hostler fouled out - before Jeremy Poffenberger scored his only points of the game on a deep 3-pointer from the right wing to tie the game with 51 seconds left, setting the stage for Dodson.

The Blue Devils made eight of 10 free throws in overtime; Wollaston made five of six.

"When the point guard wants the ball and then knocks down the foul shots, that's huge," Gembe said.

James Buchanan made five of eight shots in the first quarter and used eight offensive rebounds in the first five minutes of the second to build a 19-12 lead. Greencastle hit the boards with renewed fervor and cut the lead to 21-17 at halftime.

"It's a manageable deficit at that point," Gembe said. "Four points is nothing in a basketball game, and we made adjustments in our rebounding."

The Rockets went cold from the floor, making just 10 of 43 shots after the first quarter. They finished 15-for-51 overall.

"Sometimes you're open, but you need to be patient, run the offense and execute ... and we couldn't get on track," JB coach Larry Strawoet said.

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