Second-chance points will kill any team, especially when you have a team such as the Shadyside Tigers, who patiently await their open shots to cash in on the most of the opportunities given to them.
Ed Andes' Tigers (5-4) took a 16-4 run off the tip-off in the first quarter, and never glanced back on the way to a 62-39 win, as the Barnesville Shamrocks (4-5) made the trip to Lincoln Avenue Friday evening.
The Shamrocks, who were outpaced on the boards 33-24, suffered setbacks as the Tigers collected 11 offensive rebounds to extend several possessions.
BARNESVILLE’S Brandon Burkhart goes up for a shot over Shadyside’s Ryan Richardson during the first half of Friday’s game in Shadyside. The Tigers posted a convincing 62-39 victory.
"We got a lot of initials stops but we allowed second and third chance plays, we had some turnovers of the unfortunate variety," explained Shamrock head coach Chris Pack. "When you give a team like Shadyside those kinds of possessions and chances, they are going to make you pay eventually."
Shadyside's Skyler Gibson enjoyed a sparkling night from three-land as he netted 5 of 6 attempts to lead the Tigers with 15 stripes.
"Skyler shot the ball really well for us. He had a nice all-around game tonight," praised Andes.
The Tigers, who distributed the ball smoothly and efficiently all night, benefitted from each other more than creating shots in one on one situations.
"We were just trying to share the ball and get good shots. That was our goal. We had 15 assists tonight, which shows no one really worries about who is scoring on this team, which is very nice." he added.
The Tigers took advantage of the charity stripe, dropping a near perfect 8 of 9 opposed to a 8-for-17 Shamrock effort. Austin Dorris contributed a double-double, collecting 11 points, snagging 11 boards, and adding length on the defensive end of the floor.
The Shamrocks did manage to put a run together at the end of the third stanza to come within 10 after being down as much as 16 in the second quarter. Barnesville was paced by post man Zach Houston and point guard Dylan MacMillan who tallied 10 and nine, respectively.
"We got off to a slow start, and didn't clean it up enough. If you have difficulty making foul shots and lay-ups, you don't win too many games," commented Pack. "We know what they are about, and they know what we are about. This is always a tough place to play. We were driving to to the hoop and got good looks but couldn't know them down."
The Tigers reserves picked up a win on the night. Shadyside continues through its campaign when they head to Monroe Central Tuesday, with Barnesville making the trip to Shenandoah the same night.
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BARNESVILLE (39) - Mankin 0 0-0 0; Anderson 3 1-2 7; Burkhart 2 1-1 5; MacMillan 3 3-3 9; Clark 3 1-1 7; Stewart 0 0-0 0; McGee 0 1-2 1, Wells 0 0-0 0; Nicholson 0 0-0 0; Houston 4 2-8 10; Totals: 15 9-17. SHADYSIDE (62) - Nardo 2 0-0 4; Stupak 1 0-1 2; Johnson 0 0-0 0; Brooks 3 1-1 7; Frizzi 2 2-2 7; Schuetz 0 0-0 0; Edgar 1 0-0 2; Richardson 5 2-2 12; Dorris 4 3-3 11; Gibson 5 0-0 15; Dalton 0 0-0 0; Totals: 24 8-9.
Three-Point Goals: Shadyside 6 (Gibson 5, Frizzi)