Indians have all answers for G-A

January 30, 2007|by DAN KAUFFMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For every challenge Greencastle-Antrim threw at it, the No. 7 Waynesboro boys basketball team had an answer Monday night.

The Indians raced out to an 18-3 lead, then kept counterpunching the Blue Devils' body blows to stay out in front the whole way, riding the inside play of Kevin Kline and Terrell Rickard to a 68-57 victory in the Mid-Penn Capital.

Waynesboro (14-6, 6-4) won its third straight game after dropping the previous three, and kept itself in the race for second place in the division and the Mid-Penn playoff spot that goes with it.

The Indians made 27 of 46 shots (58.7 percent), getting the ball inside to Kline frequently and letting the offense run through him. Kline had a game-high 18 points and Rickard scored 14 of his 16 in the second half.


"When we were able to run our offensive sets and get the ball into Kevin and let him dictate things, that's how the offense is designed," Indians coach Tom Hoffman said. "There wasn't a ton of emotion, but we had a focus about us all night. It was one of those nights everyone played with a purpose."

Greencastle (11-9, 6-3) cut the lead to three points in the second quarter and kept coming after the Indians in the second half, but could not overcome Waynesboro's hot shooting and fell a game behind division leader James Buchanan (16-3, 7-2) in the loss column.

The Blue Devils played without forward Dameatric Scott, who served the first game of a three-game academic suspension. Without his inside presence, Greencastle was forced to shoot mostly from the perimeter, and made just 21 of 67 shots (31.3 percent).

"I thought we felt good going in in terms of our confidence," Blue Devils coach Garon Gembe said. "I thought we'd shoot better, but games like these happen. ... Their size was definitely the difference in the game. Our kids played hard, but they wore us down over time."

Jordan Gembe led Greencastle with 15 points on five 3-pointers, while Jaren Gembe scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Treavor Gelsinger battled for 13 points inside while trying to fill the hole left by Scott's absence.

The Blue Devils answered Waynesboro's opening run with a 12-0 run across the first and second quarters, but they made just 6 of 31 shots (19.4 percent) in the first half and the Indians pushed the lead back to 10, 28-18, at the break.

Greencastle had its best offensive quarter in the third quarter, making 9 of 17 shots. But Waynesboro matched it by making 9 of 12 in the frame, and made 7 of 12 in the fourth quarter while the Blue Devils made just 6 of 19 in the final frame, many of the misses coming on desperation threes.

"There's been different times (this season) we've been up four or five points and weren't able to finish, but tonight we always had an answer," Hoffman said. "I'm very pleased with how they responded through the night.

"It feels very good to finish a big game against a rival. We're still fighting for (the Mid-Penn playoffs), and for them to step up and play like they played tonight is rewarding as a coach."

Zach Helman, who finished with 15 points, made three 3s, two of them coming at key spots in the fourth quarter to put the dagger in Greencastle.

Helman hit a trey from the top of the key following two Waynesboro offensive rebounds to put the Indians up 55-45 and force a Blue Devils timeout with 5:12 left, then hit his final trey with 3:10 left to make it 60-49.

"Zach Helman hit some big shots for them in the second half, and they all seemed to be in critical times when we concentrated on Kevin and Terrell too much and they kicked it outside," Garon Gembe said.

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