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Shuler puts Blue Devils on receiving end of loss

December 11, 2004|By ANDREW MASON

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Mickey Shuler Jr. dominated the low post as if he were an NFL Pro Bowl tight end, not just the son of one.

Shuler - whose father, Mickey Shuler Sr., played for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles following a standout career at Penn State - scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the East Pennsboro boys basketball team to a 60-49 victory over Greencastle-Antrim on Friday night.

"Too big and too strong for us," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "We didn't have any answers for him. Physically, we were overmatched in the low post."

Shuler scored East Penn's first 10 points as the Panthers, who never trailed in the game, took a 12-10 lead into the second quarter, where they broke it open. East Penn opened the second period on a 9-0 run, fueled by four more points from its 6-foot-4 senior center, and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way.

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The Panthers (3-1) led 29-18 at halftime and 34-18 early in the third quarter, before the Blue Devils (1-3) briefly caught fire. Brian Dodson, who led Greencastle with 13 points, hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Erick Burkholder followed with a deuce in transition as the Devils cut the score to 34-26.

But East Penn answered with an 8-2 run, capped by Mike Butler's second 3 of the night, and Greencastle never got within single digits again.

"I don't know what happened," Dodson said. "We got something going and then it ended. We just couldn't get on that big roll."

While the Devils held Shuler to just six points in the second half, they left room for his teammates to capitalize. Forward Drew Cerjanic scored all seven of his points and guards John Breski and Butler combined for 14 after intermission.

"Our guards kept us under control and protected our lead in the second half," East Penn coach Steve Laudenslager said.

"We were worried. This is a good Greencastle-Antrim team. They have a lot of weapons."

But Greencastle struggled hitting its marks.

"We just didn't play to our ability," Dodson said. "We couldn't get our shots to fall and couldn't get any breaks."

Adam Wiestling scored 11 points and Burkholder had 10 for the Devils.

Butler finished with 12 points and Breski had 10 for East Penn.

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