WILLIAMSPORT —It took a while, but Greencastle took home its second straight title on Saturday in the weather-delayed 32nd Richard E. Doub Classic.
Greencastle pulled out a 48-41 victory over Williamsport in a hard-fought afternoon affair, featuring two teams playing their second game within 24 hours.
Each team won its first-round game on Dec. 28 before the second day was postponed by weather.
Both teams looked a little tired at the outset, as a number of field goal attempts and even some free throws fell short of the mark.
“We were tired from Friday,” Greencastle coach Gary Martin said. “Joel (Zola) was tired and it looked like their (Sterling Christy) was tired.
“It took a couple of weeks, but it’s good to get back-to-back wins in this tournament and take this trophy back to the school.”
Williamsport led 13-11 late in the first quarter before Zola hit a bucket for a 13-13 tie after one period. Zola followed with a bucket at the 3:54 mark of the second period gave Greencastle (11-2) a 15-13 lead it never relinquished on the way to its eighth straight win.
Greencastle held a 31-23 lead with 3:02 left in the third quarter on a conventional three-point play by Zola and maintained a five-point margin until Williamsport (5-6) renewed itself, especially behind the efforts of Christy.
Williamsport rallied to make it a one possession game at 42-39, following free throws by Christy, two of four he made after back-to-back fouls.
Zach Faulkner hit two free throws for Greencastle and Nick Johnson followed with a bucket for Williamsport that got it back to 44-41 with 24 seconds remaining. Holden Baker hit two free throws with 15 seconds left and Zola clinched the win with a layup off a Williamsport turnover.
“We hit a few 3s ourselves and we wanted to limit Williamsport with theirs,” said Martin.
Zola, a 6-foot-3 junior, hit a pair of 3s and led Greencastle with 19 points while Faulkner, who hit three baskets from behind the arc, added 14 points. Zola also had seven rebounds.
Williamsport’s turnovers — 20 overall — came primarily from bad passes and compounding the loss were a constant missing of layups.
“We ran our offense, the right people were in the right spots, but we just had too many bad passes,” Williamsport coach Scott Mowbray said.
The Wildcats managed to hit but 7 of 17 from the stripe, including 6 of 11 in the final quarter.
Christy was the only Wildcat in double figures with 17 points and he also grabbed eight rebounds.
“I was amazed at my guys with the resiliency they showed,” Mowbray said. “They found a way to keep us in the game and we still had a chance to win the game with 24 seconds left. Amazed after a tough game.”
Zola was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Greencastle 48, Williamsport 41
Faulkner 14, Baker 2, Scott 5, Stepler 8, Zola 19. Totals 15 13-17 48.
Crabtree 3, Arnone 6, Christy 17, Johnson 8, Seibert 4, Cross 1. Totals 16 7-17 41.
Greencastle 13 9 10 16 — 48
Williamsport 13 5 9 14 — 41
3-point goals — Greencastle 5 (Faulkner 3, Zola 2); Williamsport 2 (Arnone, Crabtree).