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Rockets' upset bid denied by Devils

January 12, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Senior Jordan Gembe scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the closing 2 1/2 minutes of Friday's boys basketball game and No. 2 Greencastle-Antrim held off upset-minded James Buchanan 55-49 in Mid-Penn Capital action.

Greencastle (15-1, 7-0), which won the earlier meeting between the two teams 72-47 on Dec. 12, streaked to a 17-5 first-quarter lead and it appeared to be another cakewalk.

James Buchanan (5-10, 1-6) had other ideas.

"We had a chance to put them away early and we didn't do it," Greencastle coach Garon Gembe said. "I thought we lost our intensity after grabbing such a big lead and our defense was not very good. I was especially tough on Dameatric (Scott) at halftime and I think he picked it up in the second half. Overall, we did a much better job."

Scott supported Jordan Gembe with 20 points and also added nine rebounds, but Gembe took charge down the stretch after the pesky Rockets closed the gap to 34-28 at halftime and actually took a 39-36 advantage entering the final eight minutes.

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The teams traded baskets for the first six minutes of the final stanza before Gembe went to work.

He scored on a driving layup with 2:19 remaining, and teammate Levie Holman followed seconds later with a layup.

With the Blue Devils nursing a 50-45 lead, Gembe hit a foul shot, a layup and four more free throws in the closing minute to stave off the upset bid by James Buchanan.

"Both teams played hard," Rockets coach Troy Hillwig said. "We've had a bad habit this year of falling behind early and then scrambling from behind. It's tough to do against teams on our schedule."

Kris Potter had 18 points and Ryan added 11 for James Buchanan.

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