This year was a completely different story.
The Blue Devils took down tournament host Williamsport in the opening round Tuesday night, then drubbed Broadfording 82-50 on Wednesday night to claim the tournament championship.
“Three hundred sixty-five days ago, we felt like we could have had this, but it got away,” Greencastle coach Gary Martin said. “It feels good to get this win.”
Greencastle (8-0) imposed its will from the start. A 16-3 Blue Devils run — including four 3-pointers — started the game and set the tone.
The Blue Devils had four players finish in double figures — including the tournament’s MVP, Zach Faulkner, who finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Denver Cordell led all scorers with 19 points for Greencastle. Joel Zola added 16 points and Corey Meyers had 12 points.
“This group of kids is fiery. They’re hard workers,” Martin said.
Greencastle had to adjust its style of play Tuesday night after picking up seven team fouls before the end of the first quarter. On Wednesday, the Blue Devils only had two team fouls over the same time frame and sent Broadfording to the line just seven times in the game.
“We were able to play our aggressive style tonight and didn’t get called for fouls,” Martin said. “We wanted to play hard and get off to a fast start.”
Greencastle won the turnover battle decisively, committing only eight to Broadfording’s 26.
“We played sloppy and slow tonight,” Lions coach Burnie Clutz said. “We showed some bad attitudes on the court tonight — but that will definitely be fixed.”
The Lions (8-6) cut the lead to eight after the first quarter, but a strong second quarter by the Blue Devils stretched the lead to 45-28 at the half. Greencastle led 59-39 entering the final period.
“(Greencastle) is a talented, deep, well-coached team,” Clutz said.
Moni Anderson led Broadfording with 14 points, while Mo Sallah added 13 points.
* Mountain Ridge downed Williamsport 51-45 in the consolation game.
Williamsport had a first quarter to forget as it fell behind 15-5. Despite the sloppy start, the Wildcats clawed their way back into the game late in the fourth quarter, as a three-point play by Brandon Jackson tied the game at 43.
The same costly mistakes that plagued Williamsport in the first quarter showed up again in the final minute. The Wildcats turned the ball over on their side of the court several times in the closing seconds, thwarting any chance of a comeback.
Jackson led Williamsport with 16 points and Alex Aleshire finished with 14 points.