By SAM STEWART
11:22 PM EST, December 11, 2012
Junior Joel Zola scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Greencastle-Antrim boys basketball team to a 64-53 victory over rival Waynesboro in the Mid-Penn Colonial opener for both teams.
Having been defeated by the Blue Devils 55-49 four days ago at the Franklin Tipoff, the Indians fell prey to the one player who can flip a game upside-down — Zola.
“I felt on,” Zola said. “My shots just kept falling in.”
Zola went on a tear in the first half, scoring 16, including two 3-pointers in the first quarter. His 16 points nearly matched the Indians’ first half total as the Blue Devils (3-0, 1-0) built a 28-22 halftime lead.
His tear continued in the second half. During a stretch in the third quarter, Zola scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting and picked up three rebounds — two of them offensive.
“I knew he was good, but today he was real good,” Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. “We're going to have to think of something for round three in a couple of weeks.”
The Indians (1-2, 0-1), aided by Devonte Montgomery, kept it close throughout the first half. The junior guard paced the team with five points in the first half, including one 3-pointer in the first quarter.
However, his effort was not enough.
Trailing by four with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Blue Devils took advantage of woeful free throw shooting and turnovers by the Indians as they went on an 8-0 run to cement a 13-point lead — a lead that the Indians could not overcome.
The Indians struggled again at the free throw line, hitting 5 of 14.
“It's been that way for a few years now,” said Hoffman of the foul shooting. “For the last few years now, we've been hovering around 50 percent which is not acceptable for a varsity. We've tried shooting them, we've tried not shooting them at all but I don't know what to say, it's unacceptable.”
Zach Faulkner added 17 points for Greencastle.
One of the lone bright spots for the Indians was Shaquil Smith, who scored nine points.
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