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Blue Devils win home opener

December 23, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

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    GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle-Antrim's boys basketball team had gone long enough without facing another team.

    Playing their first game in 10 days, the Blue Devils came out with pitchforks in hand and stuck it to Waynesboro early on the way to a 59-46 Mid-Penn Capital Division victory in their home opener Tuesday night.

    "Practice gets old. It was nice to get out and play a home game against a rival," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe.

    Greencastle (2-1, 1-0) was a rude host from the outset, rolling to a 12-1 lead before Waynesboro got its first shot off.

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Waynesboro (0-6, 0-2) couldn't penetrate the Blue Devils' 1-3-1 zone and Greencastle fed off of four early turnovers to gain the scoring margin, including five points from Christian Hoover.

"We just didn't take care of the ball early," said Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman. "Then I look up and we're past the four-minute mark and haven't even gotten a shot off."

Greencastle forced nine turnovers in the first quarter and led 19-2 before the Indians' Corbin Yoder scored with 38 seconds remaining.

The Blue Devils opened the second with a 13-3 run, keyed by two 3-pointers from Nathan Pool and a pair of assists by Richie Baymon on buckets by Brett Meyers and Brandon Trefelner.

However, the Blue Devils got into some foul difficulty, helping Waynesboro climb back into the game at the foul line. Waynesboro went 8-for-13 from the line in the final three minutes of the half to cut the deficit to 37-24 at the break.

Early in the fourth quarter, Waynesboro had trimmed the gap to nine points at 47-38 after a basket by Greg Wade.

Hoover hit a deuce and Baymon made two free throws, then provided back-to-back assists on buckets by Pool that widened the gap to 56-41 with 4:15 remaining.

"We got ourselves in some foul trouble but defensively we held them to 10 field goals," said Gembe.

Pool led Greencastle with 18 points, while Baymon offset eight turnovers by contributing seven assists and five steals.

Wade led Waynesboro with 12 points, all in the second half. Derek Null had 11 rebounds.

"I have no issues with our effort," said Hoffman. "The start of the game was the difference. Greencastle has some experience and they handled the pressure and we did not."

Greencastle 59, Waynesboro 46
WAYNESBORO (0-6, 0-2)

Roxby 0-7 7-8 7, Miller 2-4 2-3 8, Wade 4-13 2-4 12, Null 2-5 1-3 5, Beckner 0-2 2-4 2, Adgers 0-0 2-4 2, Yoder 2-3 1-2 5, Warrenfeltz 0-4 5-6 5. Totals 10-38 22-34 46.
GREENCASTLE (2-1, 1-0)
Baymon 1-3 5-8 7, Meyers 3-4 1-4 7, Pool 7-16 1-2 18, Hoover 4-11 0-0 9, Gembe 1-3 0-0 2, Zeger 1-4 0-0 2, Trafelner 1-1 0-0 2, Mahmoud 0-1 0-0 0, Grove 4-6 0-1 9, Sprague 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 23-50 8-16 59.
Waynesboro 6 18 7 15 -- 46
Greencastle 19 18 7 15 -- 59

3-point goals-Waynesboro 4 (Miller 2, Wade 2), Greencastle 5 (Pool 3, Hoover, Grove). Fouled out--GA: Gembe. Rebounds--Waynesboro 31 (Null 11), Greencastle 33 (Meyers 6, Grove 6). Turnovers--Waynesboro 22, Greencastle 16. JV--Greencastle, 60-30 (W: Johnnie Adgers 8, GA: Denver Cordell 12).

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