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Boys Basketball: Greencastle holds off Shippensburg in Colonial

January 26, 2013|By SAM STEWART | Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Greencastle-Antrim boys basketball coach Gary Martin was treated to an all-around performance as the Blue Devils used a 17-4 third-quarter run and solid point play from Zach Faulkner to defeat Shippensburg 59-56 in a tight Mid-Penn Colonial contest.

“Our guys did a real good job executing,” Martin said. “It was a real good total team effort.”

Leading that effort was Faulkner.

Trailing by four early in the third quarter, the senior guard helped facilitate the run that catapulted the Blue Devils (14-3, 7-2) to a nine-point lead at the end of the frame.

“I’m definitely looking to see where my other teammates are and get them open looks and create some shots for them,” Faulkner said.

Find them, he did. Five players scored for Greencastle in a quarter that put the Blue Devils in control.

“With Zach, if you get open, he’s going to throw it to you,” Martin said.

Unfortunately, Shippensburg (9-9, 6-5) had a counterattack waiting.

Seniors Tyrell Kater and Mac Miller ignited a scoring frenzy with six points each in the fourth quarter for the Greyhounds. Shippensburg scorched the Blue Devils for a 10-3 run to pull into a 50-50 tie late.

However, like many times this season, the Blue Devils rallied back. Holden Baker struck with a 3-pointer, and later Joel Zola — who finished with 10 points — hit two free throws to give the Blue Devils a three-point lead at 57-54 with 15 seconds to play.

Greencastle played staunch defense to prevent the Greyhounds from getting off a 3-pointer to secure a victory that tightened the Blue Devils’ grip on second place in the Colonial.

Faulkner led Greencastle with 15 points — 10 in the first half. When asked what sparked his hot start from the floor, Faulkner credited an earlier shootaround.

“I got out some and shot some before the game,” Faulkner said. “It really helped tonight.”

Daniel Stepler finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils. The senior has become a quiet contributor for Greencastle.

“He plays like he is 6-5 because he does a lot of work on the post,” Martin said. “He comes down and hits free throws when you need him.”

The Greyhounds had three players score in double digits. Reid Singhas notched a game-high 17, while Kater had 16 and Miller 14.

Greencastle-Antrim 59, Shippensburg 56
SHIPPENSBURG (9-9, 6-5)
Singhas 17, Kater 16, Miller 14, Britton Hastings 5, Bryce Hastings 2, Spencer Van Sycoc 2. Totals 23 12-20 56.
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (14-3, 8-2)
Faulkner 15, Stepler 12, Zola 10, Puffenbarger 7, Baker 7, Scott 5, Englehart 3. Totals 19 9-13 59.
Shippensburg    13    13    12    18    —    56
Greencastle    16    14    17    12    —    59
3-point goals — Shippensburg 2 (Miller 2), Greencastle 8 (Faulkner 3, Baker 2, Zola 2, Englehart).

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