"I think they fed off the energy in the building. It was a great crowd (and) great support. For starting three sophomores in particular in the backcourt, they certainly didn't look like they were nervous or jittery at all, so that was a good thing," Zimmerman said. "We did get off to a good start, just got a little cold there. Little cold spell."
One of those sophomore was Jake Weaver who proved to be a pivotal piece to Shamokin's offense in the second half, helping the Indians cut the deficit to seven points twice, scoring two straight baskets in an eight-second span to make it 54-47 and 56-49.
Weaver had nine of Shamokin's 13 fourth-quarter points, and ended the night with 19 points, six boards, three assists and two steals. The sophomore also knocked down a huge trey early in the third quarter to get Shamokin back within single-digits.
"Jake's a competitor, first and foremost. We talk about it as coaches, and when I played, sometimes you hate to lose more than you like to win," Zimmerman said. "A lot of our guys have that attribute, but I think Jake has it more so than anybody."
Shamokin got a double-double from senior Austin Stine with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in his final game.
In addition to Francis' 25 points, GAR got big nights from Holmes (11) and Jahil Harvey, who added 15 points. The Grenadiers also held a 36-29 rebound advantage, limiting Shamokin to just seven offensive boards.
"Give them credit. They did some stuff, but I think we got a little bit too much in panic mode," Zimmerman said. "We were in too much of a hurry sometimes on offense instead of being patient and running our stuff through."