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Devils do great things with Scott

December 29, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Dameatric Scott punctuated his performance with a slam dunk exclamation point to help Greencastle put the finishing touches on a 62-49 victory over Williamsport on Friday to capture the 27th annual Richard E. Doub Classic, the second crown for the Blue Devils in the past three years.

The flamboyant senior, who enjoys playing on the center stage, would have drawn a curtain call from the Greencastle fans on Friday after pumping in 27 points while adding 11 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.

Teammate Jordan Gembe, who was accorded MVP honors, added 14 points, but Scott produced a dominating performance from the opening tip.

"In all fairness to Jordan, 'Meter' (Scott) was our MVP tonight," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe about what may have been Scott's best all-around performance this season.

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"I wasn't happy with how I played Thursday and as a team we used this game to redeem ourselves," said Scott of Greencastle's 67-63 squeaker over Mountain Ridge in the semis. "There was more of a crowd tonight It got me going and it was some fun. I want to be more of a team leader by doing some things the other ways."

Scott opened with 10 points as Greencastle (10-1) jumped to a 17-14 lead in the first quarter, a period where the Blue Devils reached the double bonus by the two-minute mark.

"We want to be physical, so we weren't bothered by the fouls," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray.

While Greencastle labored over the next eight minutes, Williamsport (6-1) jumped to a 29-25 halftime lead, boosted by six points from Colby McCauley and four from Greg Minnick.

"We played well in the first half and took good shots to get the lead," said Mowbray.

But things turned around for Greencastle as Scott emerged with an 11-point third quarter, including a tip-in off a missed 3-pointer by Gembe to give the Blue Devils a 30-29 lead they never relinquished.

"I thought (Greencastle) had some fresh legs in the third and were more aggressive defensively," said Mowbray.

Garon Gembe said his players were challenged to step up to play. The defense held Williamsport scoreless until Minnick hit a basket with 1:35 left to build a 41-33 lead after three quarters. The Wildcats hit one goal in 10 tries in the quarter.

Greencastle hit 13 of 19 from the line in the final period to keep the Wildcats from getting any closer than eight points (55-47). At one point, the Blue Devils scored 11 consective points from the line. For the game, Greencastle hit 23 of 38 free throws while Williamsport hit 17 of 17.

"We had overall energy for 32 minutes," said Garon Gembe. "We go deep on the bench and sometimes we'll use 10 players in the first quarter, so foul trouble wasn't a problem. The key was Jordan and 'Meter' not getting in trouble."

Minnick led Williamsport with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while McCauley had 12 points.

Mountain Ridge handed Broadfording Christian a 74-50 defeat in the consolation game.

The Miners had trouble putting away the Lions, holding a 54-44 lead early in the fourth period before a 16-2 run.

David Hobel had 18 points and Brandon Wright added 16 for the Miners as both were named to the all-tournament team, joining Broadfording's Devin Gourdine, who had 15 points for the Lions (6-6). Minnick and Scott rounded out the team.

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