SHADYSIDE - It put it 'Blountly,' it was never a contest in Shadyside Tuesday night.
Invading Linsly, with brothers Akil and Jabri Blount doing the brunt of the damage, ran roughshod past the homestanding Tigers, 81-45, in a game that was decided well before halftime.
"One team showed up and basically played against themselves," Shadyside coach Ed Andes said. "(Linsly) did anything and everything it wanted to do the entire game. Nothing changed and the score could have been anything they wanted it to be and they actually backed down to keep it to what it was."
The Cadets (2-3) received balanced scoring, played stingy defense and controlled the glass. And, oh by the way, they had clearly the best two players on the floor in the Blounts, who combined for 40 points and 26 rebounds.
"We spent all week focusing on trying to make sure their shooters didn't get hot," Linsly coach James Wallace said. "We're a young team, but we've got guys who are growing up every single day. We're bringing such an intensity and tenacity to practice every day that we've made a lot of progress in a month."
Shadyside's top perimeter shooter - junior Adam Stupak - staked the Tigers (3-5) to a 3-0 lead on the first possession of the game.
From there, the hosts were outscored 46-12 for the rest of the half.
Akil Blount, a senior, scored 19 of his 24 points in the opening half. He also had 13 rebounds, five steals and two assists in the opening 16 minutes of the game.
"We didn't know who was scoring the whole game," Andes said. "We still don't know who was scoring. We missed a ton of shots, had too many unforced turnovers. We're really lacking that one guy to be a leader."
Freshman Jabri Blount netted nine of his 16 in the first half. Linsly also received a spark from Toddy Goodwin-Rowe, who scored nine points in the game and had six steals, while controlling the tempo from the point-guard spot.
"Toddy had the game of his life," Wallace said. "His play set the tone for everyone else, which allowed the Blounts to get out and run. We play that unselfishly and well, I think we'll be tough to beat."
Linsly's five-headed scoring monster was rounded out by sharp shooter Colton Coss, who came off the bench to drop in 15. Anthony Wallace added 11.
Shadyside was once again led by freshman Austin Dorris, who finished with 22 points. Stupak and D.J. Shoemaker each had seven tallies. Shoemaker also notched 12 rebounds.
"I wish I knew why we played so poorly," Andes said. "If I knew, I would certainly make sure it doesn't happen again. It was everyone, too. In the beginning, it was like no one was there. We've just got no leadership on the floor."
Two of the Tigers' problems all season have been turnovers (26) and foul shooting (4 of 13) and both reared their ugly heads again.
"We just couldn't make shots and we didn't face a lot of pressure," Andes said. "We made too many easy passes. It was just one of those (films) you don't even want to look at."