Rickard leads Indians' victory

December 08, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When the clock starts, James Buchanan coach Troy Hillwig hands his Rockets a short checklist.

"We know we aren't going to go out there and score a lot of points," he said. "We tell them that we have to play defense and rebound."

That's fine and dandy when seconds start ticking away. JB found out Friday, though, that the rules are the same when the clock is in suspended animation.

Waynesboro's Terrell Rickard had 15 points and 14 rebounds, including four critical offensive caroms off missed foul shots, and the Indians hit all but two of their fourth-quarter points on foul shots to notch a 52-45 victory over the Rockets in a Mid-Penn Capital matchup.


"Their offensive boards, especially the ones off of free throws, killed us," Hillwig said. "That's something as a coach you don't really think about."

It's on Hillwig's mind now.

Waynesboro (2-2) tapped him on the shoulder with a 15-0 run in a 7-minute, 27-second span that overlapped halftime. The Indians trailed 18-16 when it started and led 31-18 when it ended with 5:33 left in the third quarter.

Waynesboro guard Kegan Crider established the pace with eight of the points, but Rickard cemented the run with the first two of his three putbacks of missed foul shots.

"Terrell had 14 rebounds and six were offensive," Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. "He's a tough box out because he is so tall and rangy and is quick off of his feet. He got some big putbacks and it was easily his best rebounding night."

The Rockets put on a flurry with an 8-0 run to get back within 31-26 on a Blake Baumgardner 18-footer with 2:56 left in the third period.

Then the Indians went into a virtual standstill to jet past the Rockets.

Waynesboro scored only two baskets in the final 13:33 of the game and relied on some uncharacteristically accurate foul shooting to pull out the win.

The Indians hit on 15 of 20 free throws in the final nine minutes - including the 14 of 16 in the final 4:05 - while getting Rickard's final foul shot putback to end the third period and a layup off a steal to open the fourth quarter as the only in-action points.

Waynesboro held a 36-28 lead when JB decided to turn up the heat with a run-and-jump defense. The Rockets kicked up the tempo, hitting three of their eight 3-pointers in the stretch to tighten the game.

JB got within 44-40 with 1:11 remaining, but Ian Ramsey helped ice the game with six free throws down the stretch.

Crider and Aaron McKenzie finished with 11 each for Waynesboro. Kris Potter had 17 points and Josh McCauley added 10 for JB.

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