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Devils shoot out lights, Warriors

December 28, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - Greencastle was devilish on Boonsboro with an 87-51 romp over the Warriors, while Williamsport extended Beall to overtime before losing 46-45 on opening night of the 24th Richard E. Doub Classic at Williamsport on Monday night.

· Greencastle used a barrage of five 3-pointers on the way to a 26-15 lead after eight minutes, then went inside as the Blue Devils scored 52 points in the paint to take total control over Boonsboro.

"That was our plan, to go inside on them because we thought we had a little advantage there," said Greencastle coach Geron Gembe. "The 3s at the beginning were a little surprise."

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Brian Dodson and Cory Spriggs each hit a pair on treys along with one from freshman Jordan Gembe, before the Blue Devils went to Erick Burkholder, who matched his season high with 22 points. Additional inside support came from Adam Wiestling with 17 points and Travis Smith with 13, both personal season highs. After hitting 2 of 5 shots in the first quarter, Burkholder hit all seven of his attempts the rest of the way.

"We can't always rely on the guards, so it was good for us to get a big game from the guys up front," Gembe said.

The Blue Devils dialed up a nifty 69-percent shooting night, making 35 of 51 shots from the field, including 7 of 14 from behind the arc, as they put together their highest offensive output of the season.

On the boards, Greencastle (3-6) hammered Boonsboro 39-22, leading to several transition baskets. Wiestling topped Greencastle with 13 boards.

"They hit those 3s, we didn't play any defense and it was all downhill from there," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly.

Kyle Kane paced Boonsboro (1-5) with 14 points.

· In the nightcap, Williamsport had opportunities to get its first win under new coach Scott Mowbray, but the Wildcats couldn't find the magic touch in overtime.

Williamsport (0-5) was behind by as much as eight points in the first half before reducing the deficit to one point at the break. The Wildcats finally claimed its first lead with 4:56 left in the third quarter, 25-24, on a 12-footer by Ryan Lee.

Beall (3-3) did not lead again until taking a 38-36 lead with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter before Kane and Corey Broadwater hit baskets to give Williamsport a 40-38 lead.

However, Beall's Carter Dickel, open on the left wing with little defense by the Wildcats, hit a jumper to tie the game, 40-40.

Williamsport led 45-44 in overtime with 2:02 left and the score remained as such until Matt DeRosa hit two free throws for Beall with 15 seconds left.

The Wildcats set up a play after a timeout, but Phillip Jordan threw an errant pass. However, Dickle bricked two free throws and the Wildcats had one last shot - a long-range effort by Tyler Beard which was off the mark.

"We played smart basketball to get back in the game but then we didn't show any patience when we got the lead," said Mowbray. "The guys all played hard and they just need to learn how to win."

Jordan got the Wildcats back in business with 10 of his team-high 14 points in the second period, while Broadwater finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Adam Eshelman had 15 points for Beall and Dickel hit for 10.

Greencastle and Beall tangle for the championship tonight at 7 after Williamsport and Boonsboro engage in the consolation game at 5.

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