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'Grand' performance

Scott hits 1,000th as Devils romp

January 23, 2008|By DAN KAUFFMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Greencastle-Antrim senior Dameatric Scott's first shot Tuesday night guaranteed him immortality - his name will be on the Blue Devils' 1,000-point scoring list displayed in the gym.

Scott's other shots against Waynesboro all but guaranteed everyone who saw the game won't soon forget it, either.

From his first 3-pointer - a 22-footer from the left wing in the game's first 30 seconds to put him past the 1,000-point milestone - to the last of his seven 3s, from the same spot late in the third quarter to cap his 30-point performance, Scott put on a dazzling shooting display as the No. 2 Blue Devils built a 61-32 lead through three quarters and rolled past the Indians 70-55 in the Mid-Penn Capital.

"It's great to be part of a group of guys who have done a lot here," said Scott. "That goes down in history. I can always walk in the gym here and see that on the board."

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"He's been a huge part of our program the last three years," Blue Devils coach Garon Gembe said. "He came to Greencastle and he's fit in well. I don't think he felt he had to be the brightest star in the sky, he just wanted to fit in, and he's been huge for our program."

As soon as Scott's first shot went through, the game was stopped and he accepted congratulations from his coaches and teammates as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

Gembe had a feeling more fireworks were to come.

"If you've seen him play the last three years, when you see him make his first shot, you sit back and wonder how the night might go, because he goes on absolute tears sometimes," the coach said.

Scott added two free throws, while Jordan Statler scored six of his eight points for the Blue Devils (18-1, 10-0) in their opening 18-4 run. Jordan Gembe and Levi Holman hit 3s in the run.

The second quarter was all Scott, who hit five 3s - including a couple from well beyond the arc - and had 18 points in the frame.

"That first shot was pretty deep," said Scott of the shot that gave him 1,000 points. "I felt good after that. I had a lot of confidence. It was just a shooters' night."

"There's no doubt, mentally, it plays on you a bit when we're guarding them three feet behind the 3-point line and they're still making shots," Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. "You have to give them credit. There's a reason they're 17-1 - 18-1 now."

Scott added five rebounds and five assists, while Jordan Gembe had eight points and five assists for Greencastle. Holman also had eight points.

Terrell Rickard scored 11 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the Indians (9-10, 5-5), who scored the first 13 points in the quarter to make the score more respectable. Tim Null finished with 10 points.

"We were playing for pride," Hoffman said. "We were chipping away, we got it to 14 and I'd like to believe that's our kids not giving up. We have to win three of our last four (to make the district playoffs). ... We'll see what happens."

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