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'Cats regain an edge to trim Devils

December 29, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Consolation games mean things didn't work out well in the victory column. Often that makes it tough to get the mental psyche back on track.

One night after a tough overtime loss to Walkersville, Williamsport came back, using a few too many horses to claim a 63-55 victory over roster-depleted Greencastle in the consolation finals of the 26th Richard E. Doub Classic on Thursday.

"We weren't as sharp (as Wednesday) but not as sluggish as we could have been," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "We made some mistakes along the way."

Beall, the Doub Classic's 2004 champ, defeated Walkersville in the championship tilt, 49-46. David Hobel led the Mountaineers with 15 points and Chad Harris added 14. D.J. Mowery led Walkersville with 11 and Jabari Brown was held to 10 points, one night after scoring 37 against Williamsport.

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The Wildcats (4-2) had a major advantage in the paint with 6-foot-4 Will Taylor starting and Greencastle transfer Sean Dixon, also 6-4, playing a major role in Thursday's outcome.

Taylor fashioned a 10-point, six-rebound start in the first period on his way to 18 points.

Dixon added six of his 16 points in the second period as the Wildcats took a 30-19 halftime lead.

Taylor finished with 13 boards as the Wildcats held a 36-25 rebounding margin over the Blue Devils.

As he has been for most of the season, Jordan Gembe was the tallest Greencastle player on the floor at 6-1 and the Blue Devils played only two players off the bench. Greencastle played without Dameatric Scott, while two players were away at other functions, two others have been dismissed and Ty Thrush did not play after suffering a hip pointer Wednesday.

"Our height advantage was so good, we had to pound it inside," said Mowbray. "We took advantage of that in scoring, but we didn't do that well rebounding."

Levie Holman had 11 of his 15 points and eight rebounds in the first half to help keep the Blue Devils' halftime deficit at only 11.

The Blue Devils shot 2-for-14 in the second period and 7-for-27 in the first half while Williamsport shot 50 percent. Jordan Gembe went 0-for-11, only getting off only four shots in the second quarter while being saddled with three personal fouls.

"We were getting good looks at the basket, but couldn't get them in," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "It just turned out being one of our worst shooting nights of the year."

Jordan Gembe finally scored a deuce with one minute left in the third period but the Blue Devils still trailed, 42-29, with momentum squarely with Williamsport. He followed with a 3-pointer to open the final quarter to whittle what was a 15-point lead down to 10.

But Williamsport answered in the final quarter with six points from Dixon and 11-of-17 shooting from the foul line.

Jaren Gembe hit 11 of his 18 points and Jordan Gembe had 12 of his 14, but too late for the Blue Devils, who were coming off a somewhat lackluster showing in a 66-57 loss to Beall in the semifinals.

"We definitely had a much better effort tonight, a lot harder," said Garon Gembe. "We finally made some goals that kept it close early in the fourth. We put forth a better effort. We'll be OK when we get everyone back, but right now we need to concentrate on defending down low. Right now we're not getting other teams out of their offense and further away from the basket."

Chad Poffenberger added 11 points for the Wildcats, who ended 24-for-45 from the floor.

"It was nice getting senior leadership from Taylor and Poffenberger," said Mowbray, who also cited the play of 5-9 junior point guard Jeff Ryan. "(Ryan) gave a spark in the first half and that's what we need from a point guard. He's been getting better each game."

Myers had six points before rolling an ankle and leaving the game in the second half.

The Doub Classic All-Tournament Team: Kevin Murphy MVP Award: David Hobel, Beall. Team: Jabari Brown, Walkersville; Chad Poffenberger, Williamsport; Will Taylor, Williamsport; Corey Greig, Beall; Chad Harris, Beall.

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