WILLOW HILL - You've read enough sports stories to have seen phrases like, "Team X got burned by John Smith," or "he smoked them," or something along those lines.
We may have to start using a new phrase: "Team X got Strawoeted," even if not many people will be able to pronounce the word (try "strawt-ed").
Because what James Buchanan's Grant Strawoet did to Fannett-Metal in the third quarter Saturday night at the packed F-M gym almost deserves a new word. The JB senior took eight shots in the third period and made all of them for 20 points, leading the Rockets to a 63-51 non-league boys basketball victory.
Included in that barrage were four 3-pointers, each seemingly taken farther from the basket.
"In a smaller gym like that it seemed like I was closer to the rim anyway," said Strawoet, who ended up with a career-high 25 points, plus 10 rebounds. "I've never been that hot before, and they let me open. Then once I hit those threes, it opened up the drive."
JB coach Larry Strawoet, the proud father, said, "This is what we've been expecting from him all year. It's been a little hard for him to understand his role, with him as a player and me as the coach. But he has that capability. It's like the rest of the team - you need confidence and belief."
Tiger coach Greg Best said, "I stuck two different kids on him but it didn't matter, and he kept hitting from farther back. That was the difference in the game."
The Rockets (2-8) came out
In the second period, F-M's Jordan Hurrell got hot - not quite Strawoet hot, though. He scored nine consecutive points, including a three-point play, immediately followed by a four-point play, when he hit a fadeaway three while getting hacked.
Hurrell's 12-point quarter brought the Tigers (6-2), who came in with a six-game winning streak, to within 26-24 by halftime.
Best said, "We played well in spurts, but we were always playing catch-up."
All that work to get back in the game went up in smoke at the hands of Strawoet, however.
He opened with a putback and a drive to the basket. Then he drained three consecutive 3-pointers. Then came a drive and a pull-up jumper, followed by one last dagger from long range.
"He was just unconscious," Best said. "His confidence carried over from last night (a career-high 19 points in a loss to Greencastle-Antrim)."
Another big factor in the game was the defensive work of Liam Corcoran, who guarded Tiger ace Bannister for most of the game. Averaging 20.7 points per game coming in, Bannister was able to get off only nine shots and finished with 14 points.
Larry Strawoet said, "All year, Corcoran has been playing defense like that. But the team has done well help side, too. He knows he's got guys to help him."
Best said, "Corcoran kept Walker out of his rhythm. Their defense was in our pockets all night."
Corcoran added 10 points and five assists for the Rockets, and Jake Muller and Aubrey Brown scored eight points each. Hurrell ended up with 18 for F-M and Ben Metcalfe added 11.
"This is a good rivalry game and it was a good atmosphere," Best said.
Ed Gotwals can be reached at 262-4755 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Buchanan 63
Liam Corcoran 5-11 0-3 10, Grant Strawoet 10-17 0-1 25, Garrett Malanka 2-4 0-0 4, Jake Muller 3-9 2-3 8, Austin Metzler 1-3 0-0 2, Sloane Bendell 2-3 0-0 4, Aubrey Brown 3-8 1-2 8, Zach Czuprynski 1-1 0-0 2, Dustin Gossert 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 27-56 3-10 63.
Walker Bannister 5-9 3-5 14, Jordan Hurrell 5-18 7-10 18, Bryce Chilcote 3-6 1-4 7, Dylan Bradley 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Metcalfe 4-9 3-4 11, Dan Peppernick 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Snyder 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 17-42 15-25 51.
James Buchanan 14 12 25 12 - 63
Fannett-Metal 8 16 11 16 - 51
3-point shots - JB 6-13 (Strawoet 5, Brown); FM 2-8 (Bannister, Hurrell). Shooting - JB 48.2%; FM 40.5%. Rebounds - JB 35 (Strawoet 10); FM 24 (Chilcote 8). Assists - JB 12 (Corcoran 5); FM 7 (Hurrell 4). Steals - JB 8 (Brown 6); FM 3 (Metcalfe 2). Turnovers - JB 13; FM 14.
Next game: JB: Tuesday, at Waynesboro, 7:30 F-M: Monday, at home vs. Chestnut Ridge, 7:30.