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WAYNESBORO - For two teams struggling to find their footing in the Mid Penn Colonial Division, any victory is precious.
Cole Warrenfeltz scored 19 points, James Bennett added 11 and the Waynesboro Indians beat the visiting James Buchanan Rockets 64-58 in overtime Tuesday night for their first win in almost two weeks.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Indians (4-8, 2-4 MPC).
"I definitely felt like we were at a crossroads," Waynesboro coach Tom Hoffman said. "We lost the last one before Christmas then went out and dropped all three last week. I know there are going to be some games where we go out and the other team is just flat out more physically talented than us, but I think we match up pretty well with JB. So I thought tonight was critical as far as what could happen the rest of the year."
The two teams, who had combined to lose 11 of their last 16 games, ended up playing a ragged contest in which 36 fouls were called and neither team made 40 percent of its shots. That led to a lot of rebounds, and James Buchanan finished with a 33-27 edge.
The Rockets (2-9, 1-6 MPC) lost a five-point fourth-quarter lead as Warrenfeltz and Devonte Montgomery scored a combined nine of the Indians' 15 points in the fourth period.
Liam Corcoran's free throw gave James Buchanan a 53-49 lead with 43 seconds remaining. But Warrenfeltz converted a three-point play and Connor Fetterhoff followed by making the second of his two free throws to force the overtime.
Fetterhoff hit a jumper to put Waynesboro ahead 55-54 with about two minutes remaining in the extra session. After the Rockets tied it at 55-55 on Corcoran's free throw, Warrenfeltz made two foul shots to reclaim the lead. The Indians cruised the rest of the way, outscoring James Buchanan 7-3 over the final minute.
Corcoran scored 14 points and Grant Strawoet had 12 points and four rebounds for JB, which got just 40 points on 13-for-42 shooting from its starters. Overall, the Rockets converted only 21 of 56 shots, or 35.7 percent. They were 15-for-35 inside the arc while making six of their 21 3-point attempts.
Rockets coach Larry Strawoet said, "We got a little flat defensively, and the free-throw line (10-of-21) killed us, but I'm going to be honest with you, I felt (Garrett) Malanka picked up the charge at the end - period, the game's over. But at critical junctures we're just not getting the calls. I don't know, maybe it's me."
The Indians (4-8, 2-4 MPC) had a similar problem, missing 13 of their 19 long-range attempts. They ended up shooting 39.3 percent overall but made up for their shooting troubles by capitalizing on 12 JB turnovers and going 14-for-20 at the foul line.
Warrenfeltz, who sat out the last five games with a thumb injury, finished 6-of-10 from the field, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
"Sometimes you don't know what you're missing until it's gone," Hoffman said. "He (Warrenfeltz) had a good start to the season and we really, really missed him while he was gone. I don't want to say that surprised me because he's a very good athlete and a very good player - but you all saw it tonight - he is a difference-maker."
Montgomery added 10 points for the Indians.
Waynesboro jumped to an early 12-5 lead and led 28-25 at halftime. The Rockets, who seemed to show a bit more hustle, appeared to take control early in the second half, but couldn't maintain it for an entire game.
Strawoet said, "These kids played their hearts out tonight - that's the difference from the Tip-Off tournament 'til today. I'm proud of them and now we go right back at again tomorrow - that's the good thing about this."
Waynesboro defeated JB 46-28 in the Franklin County Tip-Off tournament last month. The backyard rivals meet one more time this season, Feb. 1 in Mercersburg.
James Buchanan 58, OT
Liam Corcoran 4-11 3-7 14, Grant Strawoet 4-13 2-2 12, Garrett Malanka 4-5 1-3 9, Austin Metzler 3-5 1-2 7, Sloane Bendell 3-3 0-0 6, Jake Muller 1-7 3-5 5, Aubrey Brown 1-8 0-0 3, Ryan Hege 1-1 0-0 2, Dustin Gossert 0-2 0-2 0, Josh Lechleitner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 10-21 58.
Cole Warrenfeltz 6-10 4-4 19, James Bennett 5-9 0-1 11, Devonte Montgomery 4-6 0-1 10, Tim Ingram 3-8 3-4 9, Connor Fetterhoff 2-8 3-4 7, Shaquill Smith 2-12 2-4 6, Ryan Kelley 0-3 2-2 2, Cory Chatfield 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Cline 0-0 0-0 0, Steven Ridenour 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 14-20 64.
James Buchanan 12 13 16 12 5 - 58
Waynesboro 14 14 10 15 11 - 64
3-point shots - JB 6-21 (Corcoran 3, Strawoet 2, Brown); Way 6-19 (Warrenfeltz 3, Montgomery 2, Bennett). Shooting - JB 37.5%; Way 39.3%. Rebounds - JB 33 (Malanka 7); Way 27 (Ingram 8). Assists - JB 16 (Brown 5); Way 16 (Smith 6). Steals - JB 3 (Muller 2); Way 4 (Warrenfeltz 2). Blocked shots - JB 2 (Metzler, Muller); Way 3 (Ingram 2). Turnovers - JB 13; Way 9. Fouls - JB 18; Way 18.
JV: James Buchanan 28, Waynesboro 25. Ryan Hege led the Rockets with 8 points; Ethan Mohn scored 8 for the Indians.
Next game: JB: Wednesday, at home vs. West Perry, 7:30 Way: Friday, at home vs. Greencastle-Antrim, 7:30.