I'm not going to lie and say Friday night's loss to Shippensburg wasn't a blow to Greencastle-Antrim.
It certainly was, but the race for the Mid Penn Colonial Division title isn't over.
With three weeks left in the boys basketball season, the Greyhounds are now in sole possession of first place in the division. They are 9-6 (7-1 MPC), and are the defending division champions, but they've got two teams nipping at their heels.
"Hopefully someone can knock off Ship, then who knows?" Greencastle junior Casey Hoover said. "But we have to keep playing like we did in the first part of the season. The first half of the season, we played everyone really well, so we need to do that in the second part of the season."
The loss actually knocked the Blue Devils (8-5, 5-2 MPC) down to third, because watch out for James Buchanan.
The Rockets are now 10-4 overall and have a slight edge in the division with six wins and only two losses. I'm not sure anyone saw that coming. JB was 9-13 (4-8 MPC) a year ago and finished in second-to-last place in the division.
So after the Blue Devils faced what coach Gary Martin called "the biggest game of their season" on Friday, they'll now have to turn their sights to the Rockets, who come to town on Tuesday in what has become a must-win for both teams in the division.
"Depending on how Shippensburg does, there's still a chance," Greencastle's Bryan Gembe said. "I really think if we win the rest of our games in the regular season, we have a chance of competing with Shippensburg for the conference championship."
But like Hoover said, someone else will have to knock the Greyhounds off first. Their only loss in the division came at the hands of Waynesboro in an unexpected upset, 60-51, earlier this week.