The senior guard converted a four-point play with 7.3 seconds remaining

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It wasn't exactly the final play Gettysburg had drawn up.

The Warriors were trailing Shippensburg by two with 7.3 seconds remaining in Friday's opening game of the Gettysburg Tip-Off tournament. Head coach Jeff Bair wanted to get the ball to top 3-point shooter Max Lampe, but the script changed once the ball ended up in Marquise Camel's hands.

"I was trying to get it to Max, but I couldn't even see him," Camel said. "I went off of my man and pump faked him to try to get the foul shots."

Camel would draw the foul, but only after he drained an incredible 3-pointer as he was knocked to the floor, giving Gettysburg a thrilling 57-55 opening night win.

Afterward, Camel couldn't stop smiling as he tried to process what had happened.

"I couldn't even see behind the dude when I shot it," Camel said. "I threw it up, and I guess I made it. I saw the ref (motion for a foul) and I was like, 'Was that an and-1 three?'

"I didn't think it would happen but I didn't want my team to lose like that. I don't even know man. I can't believe that happened."

Camel's incredible four-point play ended a thrilling back-and-forth game that changed leads multiple times in the fourth quarter. It might not have been exactly how they drew it up, but the Warriors are 1-0.

So will the rest of Gettysburg's season be this exciting?

"I hope not," Bair said afterward with a smile. "I really thought it was a great, well-played game both ways. We could have packed it in a couple of times but we kept battling, kept finding a way."

Although Camel finished the game with 14 points, he struggled to get his shot to fall early on. But the senior still made an impact by setting up his teammates, especially Lampe, who scored 18 points and hit five 3-pointers in the first half.

The Warriors were up 30-23 at halftime before surviving a strong Shippensburg comeback led by Wade Mills, who scored 19 points, including a put-back dunk that gave Shippensburg its 55-53 lead before the thrilling finale.

"They found a little something against our zone," Bair said. "Early season basketball. We have to get better but good team effort."

Before Gettysburg's game, New Oxford had a less satisfying result in its opener, falling to Cedar Cliff, 75-53.

As expected, the Colonials got great production from the duo of Devon Duvall (22 points) and John Wessel (17 points). But their lack of depth and rebounding struggles hurt them against an impressive looking Colts team.

"I expect us to play a lot better (Saturday) and if we clean up some effort issues and offensive rebounds, it'll be a completely different game," head coach Sean Bair said.

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Marquise Camel discusses his game-winning four-point play on Friday night. Matt Allibone

Gettysburg 57, Shippensburg 55

Shippensburg (55)

Wade Mills 6 7-9 19, Teagan Staver 0 5-8 5, Shuntan Hickman 5 2-2 15, Carter Van Scyoc 2 0-0 5, Payton Fridinger 2 0-0 5, Cody Gustafson 2 2-2 6. Totals — 17 16-21 57

Gettysburg (57)

Marquise Camel 5 3-3 14, Max Lampe 6 1-2 18, Ravaughn Dillard 4 3-3 11, Connor Weikert  3 0-0 8, Devin Ringler 2 0-0 4, Tyson Sherman 1 0-0 2. Totals — 21 7-8 57

Ship _ 14 _ 9 _ 19 _ 13 _ — _ 55  

Getttysburg _ 18 _ 12 _ 15 _ 12 _ — _ 57  

3-point goals — Shippensburg 5 (Hickman 3, Van Scyoc 1, Fridinger 1) Gettysburg 8 (Lampe 5, Weikert 2, Camel 1)

Cedar Cliff 75, New Oxford 53 

Cedar Cliff (75)

Derek Ford 9 6-7 30, Mark Shultz,  7 0-1 14 Sam Myers 3 2-2 8, Brandt Walter, 4 0-0 8 Jesse Deaner 1 0-0 2, Dre Dorsey 2 0-2 4, Patrick Wiestling 1 0-0 2, Adam Boussatta 0 1-2 1 Tim Donatucci 3 0-0 6. Totals — 26 9-14 75

New Oxford (53)

Individual stats Devon Duvall 8 6-8 22, John Wessel 5 4-4 17 Ben Lehman 3 0-0 8 Trevor Floyd 1 0-0 3 Justin Gruver 1 0-0 3. Totals — 18 10-12 53.

Cedar Cliff _ 16 _ 20 _ 22 _ 17 _ — _ 75  

New Oxford _12  _ 13 _ 15 _ 13 _ — _ 53  

3-point goals — Cedar Cliff 3 (Ford), New Oxford 7 (Wessel 3, Lehman 2, Gruver 1, Floyd 1)

JV score — Cedar Cliff 58, New Oxford 51

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