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Third time's the charm for Scott, Blue Devils

February 05, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- A determined Dameatric Scott tipped in his own missed shot with two seconds remaining in the game, lifting Greencastle-Antrim to a dramatic 53-52 win over Central Dauphin East in the Mid-Penn Conference playoffs on Monday.

Greencaste-Antrim (21-3), which won the Capital Division title with a 10-0 record, trailed 52-51 when coach Garon Gembe called a timeout with 10.6 seconds remaining in the game.

His strategy: Get the basketball to Scott on the left wing.

The ball was inbounded to Scott. He drove immediately to the basket, had two shots rejected by the rugged Central Dauphin East defense before putting in the third shot.

"I'll take making a third shot if that's what it takes to win," Gembe said. "We've been in every game this year. We haven't won them all, but we have been very competitive. We knew beating CD East was going to be tough, but we were confident."

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Coming off a disappointing 66-65 loss to Boiling Springs on Friday, this win was sweet.

"It sure erases the memory of Friday's loss," Gembe said. "It's playoff time -- a new season. I thought we were ready."

Central Dauphin East (20-4), which tied Steel High at 13-3 for the Commonwealth Division crown, appeared to have won the game when Jon Breeden hit a short jumper with 28.6 remaining in the game.

Greencastle, however, had other ideas.

Faced with a 52-51 deficit, the Blue Devils brought the ball up the floor, called a timeout and Gembe set up the final strategy.

"I feel like I'm one of the leaders on this team and I like to have the ball in my hands in that situation. It's a challenge," Scott said.

"We had a huge start and we played excellent team defense," Gembe said. "Everyone who played made a contribution and I thought Evon Wiestling, Jordan Statler and Adam Ritchey really stepped up."

Breeden was very tough on Greencastle. He connected on buzzer-beaters to end the second and third quarters, then hit the basket in the closing seconds to put his team ahead before Scott delivered the game winner.

Greencastle will return to playoff action Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Susquehanna Township at a yet-to-be-determined location.

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