For the third consecutive year, the Delone Catholic boys are making an appearance in the District 3 Class AA championship game.
Delone held off Camp Hill, 69-59, in their semifinal Wednesday at Hershey's Giant Center and earned head coach
"It feels really nice," Dooley said. "All those kids that have played for me (in the past) are part of this."
The Squires opened the game on a 12-0 run, getting eight points from Brett Smith during the run, including two baskets from beyond the arc.
"They are a young team and have a first-year coach," Dooley said. "I was hoping they'd have some stage fright, but they didn't. That was why we started the way we did, and it worked, but then they came back."
Helping Camp Hill battle back in the game was DeShawn Williams, who matched Smith point-for-point in the quarter, oincluding two deep 3s.
"I don't think we felt any pressure coming in," Smith said. We have been here a couple years. I thought we came out hard and had a good start. We were knocking down shots and getting out on the break. Then they started making a comeback."
It wasn't the usual cast of characters who led Delone to victory, as leading scorer Devon Moore left the game with two minutes to go in the first quarter after rolling an ankle and Devin Altland missed extensive time after taking an elbow to the head.
Delone runs a seven-man rotation and, with Altland and Moore out, it was down to five guys.
Enter Jake Wiles.
Wiles is the Squires' sixth man and is Dooley's grandson. He erupted for a team-high 20 points. including three huge baskets from behind the arc in the second quarter to give Delone a 35-31 lead heading into the half.
Williams accounted for more than half of Camp Hill's offense in the first half. He scored eight more points in the second half, including taking a steal coast-to-coast and finishing with a crowd-pleasing dunk.
"He made some (crazy) shots in the first quarter," Dooley said. "He made at least three 3s with people all over him. We just couldn't guard him."
Wiles' hot hand continued into the third quarter as he scored 11 of his team's 17 points, helping it hold tight to a 52-47 lead.
"Stepping in is pretty much my role for the team," Wiles said. "Step in and hit 3s. That is what Coach told me to do. I haven't been in a zone like that since I was little."
With Delone leading 59-50 early in the fourth quarter, Camp Hill went on a 7-2 run to cut it to a 2-point game with 3:14 left.
Delone then began milking the clock, managed to hold onto the ball, and went 6-for-7 from the line in the final minute of the game. Tanner Orndorff went 6-for-6 from the line during that span as Delone closed out the win.
"All I was thinking about was winning a gold," Orndorff said. "I just want one more game in the (Giant Center)."
Orndorff finished the night with 10 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
"I know my role," Orndorff said. "I feel like I am more tenacious than other guys, and I feel like I can out-rebound them and, if I can get a rebound for my team, then we can get it out and push it up the floor."
"Tanner might be the toughest kid in Hanover," Dooley said. "He is a wonderful kid. I don't think he came out of the game tonight."
Delone held Williams, Camp Hill's leading scorer, to just a free throw in the final quarter. Williams finished with a game-high 22 points.
"It was a total team effort," Smith said. "Devin Altland started on him and we were in zone and he was knocking them down. He was shooting from way out. We switched, and I covered him in the second half and we were able to shut him down as a team."
As for Wiles' career game on the night the coach won his 700th game, Dooley said, "It was a great thrill for him, I am sure. He shoots like his grandmother and guards like his mother. I am very proud of him, and I have to give him a hug. I am on him all the time."
Delone now faces Trinity, a 69-33 semifinal winner against Columbia, in the championship game at 6:45 p.m. Friday at Giant Center.
Dooley hopes to have Moore back and his team well-rested.
"There is this great rumor that people are tired," Dooley said. "People weren't tired in the 1940s. General Patton marched his men 100 miles in a blizzard and put his men in combat for three days in the Battle of the Bulge. Nobody was tired then."
CAMP HILL (59)
Deshawn Williams 8 1-2 22, Paul Fetrow 5 0-1 13, David Fetrow 5 1-2 12, Shuster 4 0-0 8, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Andreas 1 0-1 2, Vallati 0 0-0 0, Leach 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 2-6 59.
DELONE CATHOLIC (69)
Jake Wiles 7 0-0 20, Brett Smith 8 0-3 19, Andrew Austin 6 1-1 13, Tanner Orndorff 2 6-6 10, Moore 3 0-0 6, Altland 0 1-2 1, Kilkelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 8-13 69.
Camp Hill 16 15 16 12 -- 59
Delone Catholic 17 18 17 17 -- 69
3-point goals -- Delone Catholic 9 (Wiles 6, Smith 3); Camp Hill 9 (Williams 5, P. Fetrow 3, D. Fetrow).