SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - You would expect a senior to come to the forefront in a game that had as much at stake as the one Tuesday night between Greencastle and James Buchanan did.
It was just a matter of which senior and from what team.
Jaren Gembe scored the final five points to catapult Greencastle to a 38-34 victory over James Buchanan in the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals and a berth in the championship game on Friday at 8 p.m., against General McLane at Penn State University's Bryce Jordan Center.
Gembe's backdoor cut for a bucket answered a score by JB's Shane Rife and gave the Blue Devils a 35-34 lead with 3:54 remaining. The senior followed with three free throws in the final 1:57 to seal the victory in the fourth meeting of the season between the Franklin County rivals.
"The atmosphere tonight was just awesome," said Gembe, who led the Blue Devils (20-11) with 12 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. "I thought (in the end) I needed to get the ball in my hands."