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Geibel holds on to run past Carmichaels

| Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011

Aaron Agostini led three Geibel players in double figures with 12 points, and the Gators held on for a 49-45 victory over Carmichaels in the opening round of the King Coal Lions Club Tournament on Tuesday night.

Geibel (5-3) will face either Mapletown or Fort Cherry in the championship at 7:30 tonight.

The Gators used full-court pressure to spark a 19-7 run that began with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Tyler Schweiss capped the surge with a short jumper to give Geibel a 46-32 lead with 3:12 to play.

"We want to be aggressive and play good, solid defense," Gators coach Ed Kroupa said. "We're trying to learn how to finish games also."

Carmichaels cut the deficit to 49-45 when Brennan McMinn scored with 10.6 seconds remaining. The Mikes then nearly forced a five-second violation before Geibel called a timeout.

Carmichaels stole the ball on the ensuing inbounds pass, but the Mikes couldn't get a clean look at the basket. Geibel's Patrick Herbert rebounded a loose ball with 3.4 seconds to play.

Geibel held a sizeable advantage at the free throw line, and made 16 of 26 attempts.

Carmichaels, connected on just 5 of 15.

Joining Agostini in double digits was Mike Noonan (11 points) and Schweiss (10).

The teams played a low-scoring first half, with Geibel leading, 18-16, at the break.

Schweiss connected on two second-quarter 3-pointers, the last of which gave Geibel the lead for good with under a minute remaining.

Colton Yoders led Carmichaels (1-6) with 15 points, followed by McMinn's 12. Brandon Lawless also reached double figures with 11 points.

Lawless had eight of his points in the final three minutes, while McMinn scored all but two of his points in the second half.

"I give a lot of credit to Carmichaels because they never quit fighting," Kroupa said. "But we're still learning to play defense. We have to quit reaching so much."

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