Greencastle-Antrim advances to state tournament in boys' basketball

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils made the most of their last chance at grabbing a boys’ basketball state playoff berth Monday, outlasting Bishop McDevitt 74-71 in a District 3-AAA consolation game played at South Western High School in Hanover. The victory allowed the Devils (23-4) to take the next step during a solid season of basketball, while the year ends for the Crusaders.

G-A will now play for seeding into the state tournament. The fifth/sixth place game is set for Thursday, March 1 at a time and place to be announced. The Devils’ opponent will be either Northeastern or Palmyra.

The Blue Devils shook off a 17-17 tie after a quarter of play Monday and slowly, but surely gained on McDevitt. G-A led by five at the half and a surge out of the locker room made it a 10-point advantage for the Devils.

The Crusaders were able to do some chipping away, but in the end had to send G-A to the foul line too many times where the Devils preserved a three-point victory.

All five G-A starters, Denver and Denton Cordell, Corey Meyers, Zach Faulkner and Joel Zola recorded double-digit scoring led by Meyers’ 20. Denver Cordell fueled the perimeter with five three-pointers en route to his 16 points. Faulkner delivered 16 and Zola put in a dozen. Denton Cordell capped the effort with 10 points.

The state playoffs begin Friday, March 9.