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Winning is a Capital idea for Indians

January 11, 2006|by DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Maybe a year or two ago, Waynesboro boys basketball coach Tom Hoffman would have viewed the No. 7 Indians' four-point loss to Tri-State area powerhouse No. 3 Chambersburg as a moral victory.

Not now.

"Being satisfied with a loss, no matter who it's against, is unacceptable at this point," Hoffman said. "That's not the peak of our season, there's more out there for us to get. We need to bring a strong work ethic to the floor every day."

Waynesboro has its sights set on the Mid-Penn Capital title, and the Indians turned Tuesday night's game against conference cellar-dweller Big Spring into a demonstration of their team-first offensive mentality, systematically picking the Bulldogs apart in a 64-30 blowout.

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Matt Anderson, Jordan Reitz and Kevin Kline all had 10 points and Terrell Rickard added nine for Waynesboro (10-3, 4-1), which used quick perimeter passes to set up diagonal entry passes for post players who had sealed off their defenders, or open 3-pointers for the guards coming off screens. The result was a 26-for-48 shooting night (54 percent).

"The electric atmosphere and intensity level wasn't the same as it was Saturday night, but we took an efficient way of doing things and I'm proud of our guys for that," Hoffman said.

The Indians jumped on Big Spring (0-12, 0-4) from the start, making their first five shots - including three straight by Kline - and taking a 16-5 lead after one quarter.

Waynesboro scored at least 14 points in each quarter and allowed the Bulldogs no more than nine points in any quarter. Leading 30-13 at halftime, the Indians cleared the bench and 11 players scored.

"Every night, it's been somebody different," Hoffman said. "Kevin, from a scoring standpoint, is the guy we count on every night ... but everybody we throw out there can score in their own way. It's just about knowing roles."

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