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Palmer's triple double leads Harrisburg to 106-99 OT win

May 1, 2004 - Eastern Basketball Alliance (EBA) - Harrisburg Horizon News Release

HARRISBURG-May 1, 2004…It was a designed play. But how it played out was not the way Schuylkill Coach Gary Metza drew it up.

With time running out in the fourth quarter, Schuylkill forward Jared Mills was forced to take a wild three-point shot with two Harrisburg defenders in his face. It looked like a disaster until forward Bill Merriweather grabbed the airball and made an easy lay-up for the game-tying score.

But Schuylkill failed to capitalize on their good fortune and Harrisburg won 106-99 in overtime. Guard Dave Jannuzzi led the Horizon with 25 points and Mills led all scorers with 30 points.

Harrisburg forward Jamal Palmer had a triple double with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Palmer was a defensive force throughout the game, including one play late in the fourth quarter when he blocked two Schuylkill shooters.

Even with great performances from Palmer and Jannuzzi, Harrisburg almost blew the game at the foul line. They shot a horrendous 15-34 in the second half, but Jannuzzi went 6-6 in the final two minutes of regulation to help force overtime. The Horizon went 29-55 for the game and Schuylkill failed to do much better, making only 13 of 22.

Forward Kevin Rowe, Harrisburg’s leading scorer for the year, failed to reach double-digit points for the first time this season as he finished with 8. Rowe has not been his usual self since guard Mike Shue left the team two weeks ago because of a nagging arm injury. Rowe was heard telling Harrisburg coach Al Clocker that he missed Shue on the court.

Harrisburg will end their regular season next Saturday at home against New York.

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