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Miners top host Wildcats for Doub title

December 31, 2008|By Chris Carter

WILLIAMSPORT -- Mountain Ridge traveled the farthest to participate in the Richard E. Doub Classic on Monday and Tuesday.

But it was the Miners who experienced the best drive home.

Mountain Ridge had four starters in double figures -- though one was not tournament MVP David Hobel -- to upend host Williamsport 61-50 Tuesday night in the championship game.

Hobel, who scored 30 in the opening round against Broadfording Christian on Monday, was held to nine.

"(Mountain Ridge) ran the offense very well for some reason," said Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray. "We knew we would have to stop Hobel, but their other four guys came through for them. But I didn't want there to be a misconception because they're not a one-man team."

Ryan Delaney and Chris DeRosa each scored 15, Cody Morton had 12 and Cody Hovatter added 10 for the Mountain Ridge (5-0), which hit 7 of 9 shots in the opening quarter to build a 16-6 lead.

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Williamsport closed the gap to 20-17 midway through the second quarter before the Miners scored nine straight to regain the double-digit lead.

"I just told them that we still had the lead and to just be patient and let the ball come to you," said Mountain Ridge coach Dave Hobel. "I thought this tournament would be a good measuring stick for us, but we still have to hope to get better."

As does Williamsport.

The Wildcats had a considerable size advantage but they never established a presence inside, leaving open underneath cuts for easy baskets by Mountain Ridge's four-guard lineup. The Miners scored on six poorly guarded cuts to the basket in the first half alone, after which they led 29-19.

"We weren't being patient setting our screens," Mowbray said. "We thought coming in that we needed to keep the game in the high 40s or low 50s. We knew that wasn't going to happen after they scored 29 by halftime."

The deficit grew to as many as 15 before Williamsport cut the lead to 47-40 with 4:26 left in the game. But it was the last Wildcats threat after a basket by Morton and two free throws by DeRosa once again pushed the Mountain Ridge lead to double digits.

"This just showed where we are and how much work we have to do," Mowbray said.

Mike Warrenfeltz had 12 points, Colby McCauley had 11 and Connor Arnone added 10 for the Wildcats.

n Greencastle-Antrim fell to Williamsport on Monday but salvaged a consolation win, topping Broadfording 64-51 in the early game.

The Blue Devils (3-5) staggered out of the gates and trailed 13-7 after the first eight minutes before dropping 20 in the second quarter to take a 27-25 halftime lead.

"(Broadfording) just came out and played harder than us initially," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "We had to think more about committing to doing the right things. I give our team credit for not panicking."

In a contested game, 6-foot-4 senior John Frick became more and more important and asserted himself by scoring 17 points and hauling in 14 rebounds.

"We did a really good job of getting the ball inside to (Frick). He played his best game by far," Gembe said. "When we got the ball inside, it started opening up the outside a little bit."

D.J. Cordell and Nathan Pool were the benefactors of the extended perimeter. Cordell drained three 3s and scored 14 points, while Pool hit two and finished with 17.

Armando Miller scored 23 to lead Broadfording (5-5).

Miller was named to the all-tournament team, along with Pool from Greencastle, Warrenfeltz and McCauley from Williamsport and DeRosa and Hobel from Mountain Ridge.

Mountain Ridge 61, Williamsport 50
MOUNTAIN RIDGE (5-0)

Delaney 15, Hobell 9, Hovatter 10, Morton 12, DeRosa 15. Totals 22 15-20 61.
WILLIAMSPORT (4-2)
Arnone 10, Christy 5, Easterling 2, McCauley 11, McKenrick 9, Pllana 1, Warrenfeltz 12. Totals 18 14-22 50.
Mountain Ridge 16 13 15 17 -- 61
Williamsport 8 11 11 20 -- 50
3-point goals -- Mountain Ridge 2 (Hovatter 2).

Greencastle 64, Broadfording 51
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (3-5)

Ritchey 1, Pool 17, G. Meyers 10, Gembe 1, Mahmoud 1, Frick 17, Cordell 14, Group 3. Totals 20 19-32 64.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (5-5)
Economes 4, Hirsch 7, Whitt 5, Miller 23, Borum 2, Wyand 2, Fritz 1, Cradduck 7. Totals 17 15-22 51.
Greencastle 7 20 19 18 -- 64
Broadfording 13 12 12 14 -- 51

3-point goals -- Greencastle 5 (Pool 2, Cordell 3). Fouled out -- South, Whitt.

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