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Devils go from pressing to pressing for win

December 04, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim missed its first eight shots, committed six first-quarter turnovers and went scoreless in the game's first 5 1/2 minutes Monday.

Chalk all that up to early season apprehension.

Greencastle eventually recovered, forcing nine turnovers during a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good and the Blue Devils held on for a 61-53 win against Camp Hill.

"We're just not in the flow of things yet," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "We're three games into the season and we're still trying to create an identity for ourselves - who we are and what we are. We're still trying to figure it out."

Anyone who caught the game Monday night would brand the Blue Devils a team of shooters. The Blue Devils heaved 31 3-pointers against Camp Hill's 2-3 zone defense - they hit seven - and lacked the patience that helped guide them to the PIAA Class AAA state championship final in March.

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"Coach was actually upset at us for shooting so many 3s," said senior forward Dameatric Scott, who led the Blue Devils with team-highs of 21 points, five rebounds and six assists. "It was the first time we saw a zone in a game, so we had to get used to it."

Still, it wasn't too much for Greencastle to overcome. The Blue Devils turned up the pressure in the second quarter and forced 13 turnovers - Mac Frederick and Rusty Cordell each made three steals. Of Camp Hill's 26 turnovers, 17 came on Greencastle steals.

"Part of what we can be is a pretty good pressing team," Gembe said. "We didn't do anything better offensively, we were just getting better shots through the defense."

Greencastle's first basket came with 2:35 left in the first quarter and the Blue Devils trailed 15-6 before Scott and Jordan Gembe hit back-to-back 3s to make it a one-possession game. Scott hit three foul shots to tie the game and his second trey gave the Blue Devils an 18-15 lead with 2:34 left in the first half.

"We got off to a slow start, but we got it together in the end," Scott said. "We just weren't awake yet."

Jordan Gembe torched Camp Hill for 15 of his 18 points in the third quarter and Greencastle closed the period on a 9-0 run - the last seven scored by Gembe - to take the lead to 43-33.

The gap ballooned to 15 early in the fourth quarter, but Camp Hill answered with an 11-0 run to cut it to 48-44 with 4:45 left. That was as close as it got as Greencastle hit 11 of 14 free throws down the stretch to seal it.

Camp Hill's turnover troubles offset a good night of shooting - the Lions hit 19 of 40 shots (47.5 percent) and were 12-for-21 in the second half. Ryan Stroup led with 14 points, while Lucas Hamm and Evan Reilly each added 10.

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