(Gettysburg, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's basketball team survived a thriller in Gettysburg, holding on for a 61-58 road win, to secure a spot in the Centennial Conference semifinals next weekend. The Red Devils will look to hold on to the top spot in a season finale showdown in Lancaster on Saturday. The Devils hold just a half-game lead on the Diplomats, claiming a 71-63 win in Carlisle.
The Red Devils had their hands full on Wednesday night as a feisty Bullet squad kept battling until the final buzzer. The teams played to a 7-7 tie in the opening six minutes and were knotted again at the 6:25 mark, 16-16.
Dickinson made a little run at the end of the half, draining back-to-back three-pointers. Brandon Angradi (Milford, Pa./Delaware Valley) hit the first, made a steal and fed senior Chris Barsanti (Hummelstown, Pa./Tilton School, Conn.) for another to give the Devils a 28-21 lead at the break.
Barsanti stretched the lead to eight in the early minutes of the second half, but Gettysburg answered with an 11-3 run to tie the game at the 14:43 mark. The Bullets pulled in front, 50-45, with 9:05 remaining in regulation.
The Devils came back again as well, tying the game on a lay-up from Barsanti, coming off a steal from first-year Ted Hinnencamp (York, Pa./York Suburban). Hinnencamp put the Devils back on top with a pair of free throws, making the score, 56-54, with 3:29 left.
Derek Brooks fed Christian Bors and Bors then returned the favor with an assist to Brooks to give Gettysburg a 58-56 advantage with 2:32 to play. Junior Tucker Landy (Durham, Conn./Xavier) used a conventional three-point play to retake the lead, just 20 seconds later.
The game went back and forth with neither team scoring for the next two minutes. Landy would break the scoreless run after being fouled on a rebound with 11 seconds on the clock. He drained both attempts to stretch the margin to 61-58.
The Bullets called timeout and had one final attempt but the shot was off the mark as Dickinson picked up its 18th win of the season.
Barsanti was perfect from the floor, hitting all seven shots for 15 points, adding a steal and two blocked shots. Adam Honig (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) scored 15 points as well, dishing out four assists and recording four steals as well. Steve Collins (Rydal, Pa./La Salle College) reached double-figures with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, adding four rebounds, while Angradi tallied eight points and three steals.
Sango Amolo led the Bullets (12-12, 8-9) with a game-high 16 points. Bors finished with 14 points and four steals while Brooks added 12 points and four assists.
The Red Devils improve to 18-6 overall and 13-4 in the Centennial Conference. They moved into the #9-spot in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings and set a school record for conference wins in a season. The Red Devils broke the previous mark in 2011, finishing 12-6 that year. The Red Devils will play for home court on Saturday, tipping off against the Diplomats at 3:00 pm.