SHADYSIDE - River coach Mark Romick doesn't want his team being shy about taking shots from the perimeter.
His message has evidently gotten across quite well.
The Pilots were firing up shot after shot and making the majority of them en route to hard-earned 74-63 victory against Shadyside.
"We've shot it pretty well all year," Romick said. "We've got four guys who can shoot the three and we bring some guys off the bench who can shoot the three, too. Plus, we're doing a really nice job of looking for each other and being very unselfish."
The Pilots (6-2) buried eight triples in the game with four different players knocking down two each.
"River shot it really well," Shadyside coach Ed Andes said. "We were keying on two kids and then two other guys start making shots, so we become confused on the floor and we finally picked it up in the end, but it was too late."
Shadyside (3-4) made life difficult for he Pilots by shooting the ball well themselves early in the game, scoring 34 points in the first half. That was a total which didn't sit well with Romick.
"We weren't happy with our defensive effort, but sometimes, you've got to give credit to the other team," Romick said. "We lost guys in transition and didn't cover assignments very well and Shadyside knocked down shots."
Despite the Tigers' shooting, the Pilots owned a 20-16 lead after one period and a 40-34 upperhand at the intermission.
In the second quarter, the Pilots hit four of their treys. Cody Caldwell buried a pair. Smooth junior Brett Price, who led all scorers in the game with 20 points, was true from distance during the period as was Matt Marconi, who finished with 10 points.
After Marconi opened the third quarter with another triple to make it a 43-34 reading, the Tigers never got closer than six the rest of the way.
Shadyside was dealt a tough hand in the fourth as both of its big men - freshman Austin Dorris and junior D.J. Shoemaker - were disqualified with fouls.
"Without your big guys, it's tough," Andes said. "Our guards hit some shots in the first half, but we didn't shoot it well in the second half. We had some good looks, but we just missed. The foul line killed us again. We're missing way too foul shots."
The Pilots iced the game away down the stretch with a sharp 11-of-13 effort from the foul line. Jordan Indermuhle was 8-of-8 in the second half and finished with 18 points in top support of Price.
Caldwell added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pilots.
Dorris and junior Ryan Richardson, who had the hot hand early for the Tigers, led the way in the scoring column. Each tallied 19 points. Junior Adam Stupak finished with 10.