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Indians leave 'Pride' on the wall, off floor in defeat

Indians leave 'Pride' on the wall, off floor in defeat

January 06, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The words "Indian pride" are painted in large block letters on the wall at the new Waynesboro High School gymnasium.

But according to boys basketball coach Tom Hoffman, there was precious little of that on the hardwoods Monday night.

"You can handle mistakes," said Hoffman after Waynesboro's 49-44 loss to Cumberland Valley, "but when there's a lack of pride and a lack of passion, there's not much to talk about."

Despite the lackluster effort, Waynesboro still had an opportunity to win the game. Trailing 29-17 midway through the third quarter, the Indians (6-3) went on a 12-1 run to close the gap to 30-29 behind Tim Null and Nathan Kauffman.

The Eagles (4-8) responded with a 12-2 streak of their own - Jourdan Wilson and Kevin Snyder combined for 10 of the 12 points - but missed 5 of 12 free throws in the final 78 seconds to allow Waynesboro to stay in the game.

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"(Free-throw shooting) has let us down all year," said Cumberland Valley coach John Albert. "We've lost quite a few games this year because of free throw shooting."

While both teams struggled offensively in the first half, the Eagles compensated by pounding the offensive boards for second and third shots, and forcing 11 Indians turnovers with their pressure defense. Cumberland Valley attempted 36 field goals in the first 16 minutes, while Waynesboro tried just 21, resulting in a 22-14 Eagles lead at the half.

"That just killed us in the first half," said Hoffman. "We know that's what they do, and they're pretty good at it."

Cumberland Valley extended the lead to 29-17 before the Indians started their rally.

"The first half was as bad of a first half as we've played in the nine years I've been here," said Hoffman. "But it's my job to get them ready to play, and I didn't do that."

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