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'Cats, Blue Devils dropped at Doub

December 28, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport and Greencastle-Antrim were closed out in their openers.

The host Wildcats dropped an 81-72 decision to Walkersville in overtime and the Blue Devils were knocked off by Beall 66-57 on Wednesday in the first round of the 27th annual Richard E. Doub Classic.

Walkersville outscored Williamsport 15-6 in overtime after Beall used the foul line to its advantage to pull off its victory.

Greencastle (5-5) will face Williamsport (3-2) at 5 p.m. in today's consolation game, followed by Beall (6-1) squaring off against Walkersville (6-1) in the championship game.

Walkersville broke the tie in overtime as center Ryan Dawson scored the first basket to give the Lions a lead they nursed to the victory.

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"I thought that it was a hard-fought basketball game," Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said. "Both teams played well. I think the difference in the game was foul shooting. They went 24-for-26 from the free throw line. We were 13-for-24, including 2-for-7 in overtime.

"I thought that we did a better job of taking care of the basketball tonight than what we have been."

Walkersville's Jabari Brown scored six points in overtime en route to a game-high 37 points, including 10-for-10 on foul shots. Zubari Morrison added 18 points for the Lions, largely on hitting 10 of his 11 foul shots.

"We stayed patient on offense," Walkersville coach Bruce Zimmerman said. "We made our free throws down the stretch and that was a big reason why we won tonight. Jabari Brown is an excellent foul shooter. Zubari Morrison has been struggling with his foul shooting, but he came through for us tonight."

Taylor collected 31 points and 14 rebounds, while Chad Poffenberger had 14 points for the Wildcats.

Beall made up for a lack of first-half foul shots by hitting 21-for-25 attempts in the second half to turn back Greencastle.

"Our ability to get to the basket to get some easy shots in the second half was probably the key to our victory tonight," Beall coach Robert Nelson said. "We had problems with their presure defense in the first half. We were relying too much on the perimeter in the first half and we didn't get a foul shot. So, we tried to get to the basket more in the second half to try to draw some fouls."

Corey Greig scored 21 points, David Hobel added 13 points and Chad Harris had 10 points for the Mountaineers.

Jordan Gembe led the Blue Devils with 24 points, including five 3-pointers, while Jaren Gembe tossed in 18 points.

"We had four straight possessions with turnovers in the second half," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "We have inexperienced guys in pressure situations. That has been our Achilles' Heel all year long. We have just been unable to finish games. If you make any miscues on defense, they are going to take advantage of it. They seem to be in the right spot and they execute well."

Beall took a 55-54 lead with 1:57 remaining when sophomore guard David Hobel canned a 3-pointer.

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