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Devils' 'D' has no doubs in Doub final

December 29, 2005|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Coaches don't always agree, but sometimes there is simply no room for dispute.

After watching his club score just four third-period points, even Beall coach Bob Nelson had to credit the Greencastle defense as the Blue Devils boys basketball team ran away with a 65-55 win and the Richard E. Doub Classic championship title Wednesday night, knocking the Mountaineers from the ranks of the undefeated.

In the consolation contest, Boonsboro rallied from a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 42-39 victory over Williamsport.

"It was their defensive intensity," said Nelson. "That's our Achilles Heel. They have some strong, quick guards and they took us out of what we wanted to execute. That was the difference."

According to Blue Devils coach Garon Gembe, his club alternated between a 2-3 zone and man-to-man alignments.

"Our game plan is to do whatever seems to be working," said Gembe. "Today I thought we played a little more man-to-man but we tried to mix it up a little bit just to throw them off."

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While the Blue Devils defense was busy on one end of the floor, shooting guard Jaren Gembe was heating up offensively, scoring 15 of his 18 points in the second half after hitting just 1 of 7 attempts in the opening 16 minutes.

"I started playing, I guess," said the Greencastle junior. "I might have been a little nervous, but everything started clicking in the second half. (My shots) started going in."

Trailing by two at the half, the Blue Devils (7-2) reeled off a 14-2 run to claim a 44-34 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

Behind Corey Greig and Justin Shipe, the Mountaineers (6-1) managed to pull within 50-45 midway through the final period, but Adam Wiestling's old-fashioned three-point play gave Greencastle an eight-point margin.

A two-minute Beall drought late in the quarter doomed any comeback hopes.

Jaren Gembe and sophomore Dameatric Scott, who led all scorers with 19 points, were named to the All-Tournament team for Greencastle, while Justin Shipe and Adam Eshelman (11 points apiece) where chosen for Beall.

Adam Flook, the Boonsboro forward who rounded out the All-Tournament team, scored 19 points - including 12 in the second half - to spark the Warriors win.

Flook chipped in four points in a 9-0 fourth-quarter run that tied the score at 37-37.

Phillip Jordan (13 points) canned a driving lay up with 58 seconds left to reclaim the lead for Williamsport (2-4), but Michael Debarge drew a foul on a fast break layup, and completed the three-point play to give the Warriors (3-3) a lead they never relinquished.

Debarge had missed his previous four attempts from the foul line in the second half.

"He's a clutch player for us," said Boonsboro coach Sam Connelly. "There's no doubt he's been struggling with his shooting the last couple games, but he's a competitor; a real fiery kid."

Williamsport could get little going offensively in the second half, while Will Taylor, who scored 30 points in Tuesday's opening round, took just one shot in the second half before fouling out late in the game.

"We're lifeless right now," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "We played with absolutely no emotion. It's like we're on a Sunday walk in the park."

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