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Gembe's gem gums up Williamsport

December 28, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Jordan Gembe may have found a home.

In his first game after being moved to point guard, the Greencastle sophomore poured in 17 points to spark the Blue Devils to a 69-57 victory over Williamsport in the opening round of the Richard E. Doub Classic boys basketball tournament.

Beall decisively claimed the opening contest with a 69-35 thumping of Boonsboro and will face the Blue Devils tonight at 7. The Wildcats play Boonsboro in the consolation game at 5.

Gembe hit three 3-pointers and 6 of 7 attempts from the foul line. He was one of four Greencastle players to reach double figures.

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"It was wonderful," said Blue Devils coach Garon Gembe. "We try to play as a team, share the ball and find the open man. When we play as a team, we can be pretty good, and I think we showed that tonight."

Williamsport squandered Will Taylor's game-high 30-point effort, getting precious little offensive production elsewhere.

Taylor scored 19 points in the fourth period, many on offensive rebounds and putbacks. But Greencastle (6-2) drained 9 of 14 shots from the foul line in the final eight minutes to keep Williamsport (2-3) at bay.

"We can't give up 69 points and expect to win," said Wildcats coach Scott Mowbray. "Had they not brought in their subs late in the game, this would have been our third straight game giving up 70 points defensively. We simply are not going to win giving up that may points."

Despite falling behind early in the game, Greencastle accelerated quickly with a 28-8 run over a 10-minute span beginning midway through the first quarter to establish a 28-14 advantage.

Williamsport pulled to within nine points before the end of the half, but couldn't pull any closer.

Boonsboro (2-3) experienced much the same problem as the Wildcats. No one reached double figures offensively for the Warriors, while Beall (6-0) controlled the paint and distributed the offensive load with Tanner Nelson, Corey Greig, Justin Shipe and Adam Eshelman chipping in 10 points apiece.

They're stronger than us inside," said Warriors coach Sam Connelly. "They go to the boards well and post-up strong, and we struggled. Our tallest player is 6-2, so we're going to have to learn to handle bigger players."

After taking a 40-16 halftime lead, the Mountaineers didn't slow down much, extending the lead to more than 30 points midway through the third period.

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