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MERCERSBURG - James Buchanan was a heavy favorite and ended up winning by 19 points, but Fannett-Metal put up a good fight.

The Rockets prevailed 65-46 over the Tigers in a non-league boys basketball game Saturday night, but F-M was within four points after one quarter.

“I give Fannett-Metal a lot of credit,” JB coach Larry Strawoet said. “(Coach) Greg (Best) had them prepared and they played hard. They gave us a good game. We just had to stay patient.”

The Rockets (9-4) outscored the Tigers (2-9) in the second quarter, 16-8, to pull away.

Ryan Hege had a big game for James Buchanan, scoring a season-high 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Jared Pine had nine points and four steals.

For Fannett-Metal, Mikell McGee scored 22 points, including hitting 10 of 10 at the free throw line, and Lucas Wingert scored 10.

Strawoet said, “We had a really good week. We’re entering territories our program hasn’t been in for a while, and I think the kids and fans are enjoying it. It should be an exciting second half.”

James Buchanan 65, Fannett-Metal 46

Fannett-Metal (46)

Layton Hoffmann 3 0-0 6, Mikell McGee 6 10-10 22, Lucas Wingert 5 0-2 10, Colby Adams 4 0-0 8, Timber Brookens 0 0-0 0, Sawyer Rosenberry 0 0-0 0, Kyler Goshorn 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 10-12 46.

James Buchanan (65)

Jared Pine 4 0-0 9, Kyle Buchanan 3 0-0 6, Justin Helman 2 0-0 5, Gage Piper 1 0-0 3, Zach Vosburg 1 1-2 3, Toby Sowers 4 0-0 8, Hunter Sowers 3 2-2 8, Cody Tacker 2 0-0 4, Ryan Hege 9 1-1 19, Noah Wise 0 0-2 0, Ryan Wassil 0 0-0 0, Hunter Reath 0 0-0 0, Micah Wise 0 0-0 0, Owen Stoner 0 0-0 0. Totals — 29 4-5 65.

Fannett-Metal _ 14 _ 8 _ 12 _ 12 _ — _ 46

James Buchanan _ 18 _ 16 _ 15 _ 16 _ — _ 65

3-point goals — JB  (Pine, Helman, Piper).

JV score —James Buchanan 45, Fannett-Metal 27. Rylan Wassil had 12 points for JB.

East Pennsboro 56, Shippensburg 50 >> Shippensburg played about as well as it could for the first quarter and a half, but East Pennsboro turned the tide and came away with a six-point non-league win.

The Greyhounds (8-5) led 16-5 after one quarter and were ahead 22-9 before the game turned around. The Panthers (7-6) made four 3-pointers in the last four minutes and ended the half down just one.

“We came out and did everything well - we ran the floor and rebounded well,” Ship coach Ray Staver said. “But they went on a run and it seemed like two different teams. They play in a good league and we knew they wouldn’t lay down and die, but we have to play for all four quarters.”

The Hounds got it down to 52-50 late, but East Penn sealed it with foul shots.

Carter Van Scyoc led Shippensburg with 16 points and Wade Mills had 14. Mitch Henry bagged 25 points for the Panthers, including five treys.

East Pennsboro 56, Shippensburg 50

East Pennsboro (56)

Holmes 2 1-2 5, Grove 2 3-4 7, Fries 1 0-0 3, Powery 1 3-7 5, Henry 9 2-3 25, Farling 1 0-0 3, Dunkleberger 4 0-2 8. Totals — 20 9-18 56.

Shippensburg (50)

Clayton Stine 2 0-0 5, Cody Gustafson 0 3-4 3, Wade Mills 6 2-3 14, Teagan Staver 1 4-6 6, Shuntan Hickman 3 0-1 6, Carter Van Scyoc 7 0-0 16, Adam Houser 0 0-0 0, Payton Fridinger 0 0-0 0, Garret Cavanaugh 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 9-14 50.

East Pennsboro _ 5 _ 22 _ 14 _ 13 _ — _ 56

Shippensburg _ 16 _ 12 _ 9 _ 13 _ — _ 50

3-point goals — EP 7 (Henry 5, Farling, Fries), Ship 3 (Van Scyoc 2, Stine).

JV score — Shippensburg 48, East Pennsboro 38. Alaric Hickman scored 12 points for the Hounds.

Greenwood 48, Forbes Road 27 >> Forbes Road’s short winning streak came to an end in a non-league loss to Greenwood.

A slow second half, in which the Cardinals scored just eight points, gave Greenwood a 21-point edge to win the game.

“We played a very solid defensively for three quarters against a good team,” Forbes Road coach Trent Black said. “We needed to shoot better from the line, though, and left too many freebies hang.”

Forbes Road (4-8) was 5-for-12 from the line, while Greenwood made 12 of 15.

Matt Brown led the Cardinals with 12 points, and grabbed five rebounds.

Greenwood 48, Forbes Road 27

Greenwood (47)

N.Wright 8-10 2-2 20, A.Woodward 3-7 2-3 8, S.Ferguson 3-7 0-3 7, E.Goodling 1-2 2-2 4, L.Gorman 1-5 2-3 4, J.Stroup 1-1 1-1 3, K.Sheaffer 0-5 2-2 2. Totals — 17-39 12-15 48.

Forbes Road (27)

Matt Brown 4-8 2-4 12, Brycen Hohman 2-7 1-2 6, Aaron Schepis 2-12 1-4 5, Jackson Chilcote 1-2 0-0 3, Grayson Hall 0-4 1-2 1, Trey Kennedy 0-4 0-4 0, Logan Grubb 0-1 0-1 0, Logan Deshong 0-0 0-0 0, Talon Blair 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Fleck 0-1 0-0 0, Brycen Ulsh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 9-4- 5-12 27.

Greenwood _ 11 _ 8 _ 11 _ 18 _ — _ 48

Forbes Road _ 9 _ 10 _ 7 _ 1 _ — _ 27

3-point goals — GW 2 (Wright 2), FR 4 (Brown 2, Hohman, Chilcote).

JV score — Greenwood 37, Forbes Road 27. Trey Kennedy led the Cardinals with 9 points.

Peddie 77, Mercersburg 55 >> Peddie School used its sharp shooting beyond the 3-point line to upend Mercersburg in the Blue Storm’s Mid-Atlantic Prep League opener.

The Falcons drained 17 3-pointers, shooting 56 percent beyond the arc for 66 percent of their total scoring.

"Peddie shot the ball extremely well today, 17-for-30 from deep is going to be hard for most teams to deal with,” Mercersburg coach Sean Crocker said. "We are still learning how to play with a sense of urgency; once we accomplish that, we will be a better place to compete."

Luka Sevalijevic led the Blue Storm (3-6, 0-1 MAPL) with 21 points, followed by Carlos Austin with 14.

Peddie 77, Mercersburg 55

Mercersburg (55)

Carlos Austin 6 1-3 14, Victor Burgess 0 0-0 0, Miles Hearon 0 0-0 0, Eli Riley 3 0-0 6, Colin Adams 0 0-0 0, Daniel Bowes 1 0-0 2, Elliot Hicks 3 2-2 8, Jake Rist 0 1-2 1, Luka Sevalijevic 8 2-3 21, Beau Lowery 2 0-0 2, Nick Rubino 0 1-2 1. Totals — 23 7-12 55.

Peddie (77)

Dan Largey 6 0-0 16, Jeremiah Ferguson 7 2-4 20, Tyler Jones 7 0-0 17, Jason Magid 1 0-0 3, Jack Weber 1 0-0 2, Advaita Kadryoid 2 0-0 6, Dylan Lloyd 1 0-0 3, Larry Ross 1 0-0 0, Terrell Prince 3 0-0 8.  Totals — 29 2-4 77.

Mercersburg _ 10 _ 16 _ 19 _ 10 _ — _ 55

Peddie _ 24 _ 17 _ 29 _ 7 _ — _ 77

3-point goals — Merc 4 (Sevalijevic 3, Austin), Ped 17 (Largey 4, Ferguson 4, Jones 3, Prince 2, Kadryoid 2, Magid, Lloyd).

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