By SAM STEWART
11:27 PM EST, January 11, 2013
This was supposed to be Waynesboro’s time. A white-out crowd was ready to help the Indians’ boys basketball team erase Greencastle-Antrim’s six-game winning streak.
For three quarters, the Indians seemed poised to knock off the heavy favorite. They took a four-point lead into the final quarter, but their dreams of defeating Greencastle were dashed when the Blue Devils were awoken.
Zach Faulkner and Joel Zola ripped the game out of the Indians’ favor, netting 13 of the team’s 19 fourth-quarter points as Greencastle escaped Waynesboro with a 65-55 victory on Friday night.
“We expect to win when we touch the court,” Blue Devils coach Gary Martin said. “They never panic.”
Martin was right. The Blue Devils (10-2, 6-1) wiped away a four-point deficit with less than three minutes remaining.
“You know Greencastle is going to start making some plays,” Indians coach Tom Hoffman said. “They’ve been there and a four-point lead against them is basically like being tied.”
Trailing by one in the fourth, Faulkner found his groove, connecting on a shot to give the Blue Devils the lead.
After another Blue Devils field goal, Faulkner nailed a 3-pointer to give them a 58-52 lead, sending Greencastle’s fans into a frenzy.
“(Faulkner) really looked good late in the fourth quarter,” said Martin. “He had a couple big buckets and got to the basket a couple times.”
Waynesboro (4-9, 2-5) could not have asked for a better way to start the game. All of the Indians starters contributed points in the first quarter, helping them build a 9-6 lead early.
Greencastle clawed back. Zola sparked the Blue Devils, leading them on a 7-0 run to put them ahead by five. With the help of Zola, the Blue Devils were able to hold a 16-15 lead after the first period.
Waynesboro took control early in the second frame, as Cole Warrenfeltz scored 10 of his 12 total points in the quarter. The Indians took advantage of Blue Devils miscues early in the quarter during a 12-3 run to put them ahead, 27-19.
Waynesboro found success from long range nailing three 3-pointers in the first half.
“The 3-ball is what we do. We were able to get some open looks against their 1-3-1,” Hoffman said.
The Blue Devils again clawed back into the game. Austin Scott and Brandon Puffenbarger — who combined for 10 of Greencastle’s 17 points in the second quarter — had the hot hands, allowing the Blue Devils to head into halftime ahead, 33-31.
Waynesboro took the lead in the third quarter, extending it to four late in the frame to cap a 17-point performance in the frame — including two 3s from Connor Fetterhoff, who finished with nine points.
But the Indians went ice cold in the fourth, shooting just 21 percent from the field.
Waynesboro’s James Bennett, filling in for Tim Ingram, finished the game with a team-high 12 points.
Greencastle’s Holden Baker and Daniel Stepler were two of the team’s five players who finished in double digits. Baker had 13 points while Stepler finished with 11.
The loss drops the Indians to fifth in the Mid-Penn Colonial standings, while the win is the seventh straight for the Blue Devils.
“On the road, it’s never easy to win,” Martin said. “It’s been a while since we lost one on the road and we are going to try and keep it that way”
JV: Waynesboro, 46-34.
Greencastle-Antrim 65, Waynesboro 55
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (10-2, 6-1)
Zola 14, Baker 13, Faulkner 11, Stepler 11, Puffenbarger 10, Scott 6. Totals 22 15-20 65.
WAYNESBORO (4-9, 2-5)
Bennett 12, Warrenfeltz 12, Fetterhoff 9, Smith 9, Kelley 8, Montgomery 5. Totals 20 9-11 55.
Greencastle 16 17 11 19 — 65
Waynesboro 15 16 17 7 — 55
3-point goals — Greencastle-Antrim 6 (Baker 3, Faulkner 2, Zola), Waynesboro 6 (Fetterhoff 3, Warrenfeltz 2, Kelley).
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