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Devils' fast start slows down Gaels

December 16, 2010|By C.J. LOVELACE | Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Although Gary Martin is the new guy at the helm, the game plan remains the same for Greencastle-Antrim.

The Blue Devils executed their familiar high-energy, up-tempo style of play for their first-year coach and forced 29 turnovers on Wednesday to cruise to a 55-36 win over St. Maria Goretti.

“The first thing that we had on the board was ‘every made shot, let’s get up and pressure them,’” said Martin. “The guys got after them and we were lucky enough to get a nice start with some good buckets and a couple steals.”

Seth Sprague scored 12 and Zach Faulkner tossed in 11 to lead the Devils (3-1) to their third consecutive win since dropping the season-opener to Chambersburg.

“I couldn’t believe how hard we came out tonight,” said Sprague, who shot 6-for-12 from the field. “The intensity that we brought really came out with that victory.”

Trying to offset Goretti’s size advantage inside, Greencastle cranked up the defensive pressure right from the opening tip, running off nine straight points to force a Goretti timeout.

The Gaels (4-5) finally got on the scoreboard about midway through the opening quarter on a Gavin Rajahpillay bucket, but the Devils led 16-4 after one.

“We can’t let anybody get in front of us … because we don’t have the size,” said Martin. “We’re trying to deny the pass to people and then transition with it.”

The plan worked as the Devils made it difficult for Goretti to even complete a pass at times in the first half, resulting in 13 steals and countless unforced errors by the Gaels. Denver Cordell led with five thefts.

Leading 37-19 after three quarters, the Devils — who shot 46 percent, including a trio of 3-pointers — were able to survive an 18-point Goretti flurry in the fourth quarter to hold on for the win.

Jawuan Wilson paced Goretti with 11 points — including four on two dunks — while Patrice Tekeda contributed six points and six boards.

The win gives Greencastle some early-season momentum, which will surely help when it hosts rival James Buchanan on Friday.

“This one was big,” said Sprague.



Greencastle-Antrim 55, Goretti 36

ST. MARIA GORETTI (4-5)
Wilson 5-13 1-2 11, Fleetwood 3-6 0-0 6, King 1-5 4-4 6, Tekeda 2-2 2-2 6, Zanfack 2-5 1-2 5, Rajanpillay 1-2 0-0 2, Leazier 0-5 0-0 0, Blake 0-2 0-0 0, Eich 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 14-41 8-10 36.
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (3-1)
Sprague 6-12 0-0 12, Faulkner 4-6 3-4 11, Baymon 2-7 4-8 9, Meyers 3-7 0-0 7, Denv. Cordell 2-7 2-3 6, Szaflarski 2-3 0-0 4, George 1-1 0-0 3, Dent. Cordell 1-1 0-0 2, Stepler 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 21-45 10-17 55.
Goretti    4    8    7    17    —    36
Greencastle    16    10    11    18    —    55

3-point goals — Greencastle 3 (Baymon, Meyers, George). Rebounds – Goretti 23 (Zanfack 7), Greencastle 21 (Denv. Cordell 7). Assists – Goretti 6 (Blake 2), Greencastle 10 (Baymon 2, Denv. Cordell 2, Dent. Cordell 2). Steals – Goretti 5 (Fleetwood 2), Greencastle 13 (Denv. Cordell 5). Blocks – Goretti 2 (Wilson, Zanfack), Greencastle 1 (Sprague).
 JV: Greencastle, 42-35.

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