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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Stupak Super as Shadyside Tops Rocks

Senior pours in 30 as Tigers advance in Ohio Division IV

March 3, 2013
By KIM NORTH , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MORRISTOWN - The maintenance department at Union Local High School was busy Saturday night installing light bulbs inside ''The Hangar.''

That's because Shadyside's Adam Stupak and Co. had shot them out earlier in the day during a 90-54 blowout of Barnesville in an Ohio Division IV co-sectional boys' basketball tournament final.

With the victory, Shadyside advances to a district semifinal matchup with River at 7 p.m. Tuesday back at UL.

The Tigers (13-11) went 31 of 44 from the field through three periods (70.5 percent) behind Stupak's near-perfect 12-for-13 effort, which included a 5 of 6 performance from downtown. He finished with a career-high 30 points.

"My teammates just found ways to get me the basketball and that always helps when everyone is unselfish," Stupak said after his outstanding game, which also featured four rebounds and a like number of steals. "We knew they were going to play zone against us, so we knew we would have to knock down some shots."

And knock them down they did.

Stupak, a 6-foot-1 senior, led an early assault by tickling the twine on his first five attempts, with two of them being trifectas. Dylan Frizzi, who gave the Tigers some instant offense off the bench, and Skyler Gibson also canned threes, while Austin Dorris worked the paint for five first-quarter points as the second-seeded Tigers led 25-13.

Frizzi, a sweet-shooting southpaw, scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, including 11 in the second quarter when he buried a trio of triples. Dorris added five more points and plenty of muscle on the boards as the margin increased to 47-22.

"We couldn't have shot any better in the first half," Shadyside coach Ed Andes said. "The kids had wide-open looks and they knocked them down."

The third quarter belonged to Stupak. After Gibson opened the second half with a three, Stupak proceeded to put on a clinic as his next three shots - all from beyond the arc - were nothing but net. For good measure, he added a pair of 2-point baskets and a free throw to complete his day.

"That's great," Andes said when informed of Stupak's stat line. "It's nice when a kid steps up like that. Hopefully we get the same from him and more from other kids the next game."

Behind Stupak, Shadyside roared to a 76-28 margin after three quarters as the starters got a well-deserved break for the final period.

In addition to Stupak's and Frizzi's double-digit days, Dorris added 14 markers and a game-best eight rebounds. Gibson and Jared Brooks evenly divided a dozen points, while Ryan Richardson dished out five assists.

Shadyside was charted with 18 assists, many of which led to wide-open looks and, subsequently, baskets. They were 12 of 20 from 3-point land.

"These guys play so well together as a team," Andes added. "They share the ball and don't care who scores the points. Whoever is open, they get the ball to them. I'm proud of them because of their unselfishness."

Barnesville coach Chris Pack was trying to remember when an opponent shot the ball that well against his Shamrocks.

"I can't really out a finger on when I've last seen a team shot the ball like that,'' he said. ''The way they played tonight I'm not sure there was anybody in this sectional that could've beat them. I'm not sure anybody in D-3 or D-2 would've beat them the way they shot it, moved it around and executed at a high level."

Brandon Burkhart and Dylan MacMillan evenly divided 20 points for the Shamrocks (8-16). Brian Clark and Jacob Anderson each had eight points in reserve roles. MacMillan finished with half-a-dozen rebounds.

The Tigers led 33-21 off the glass behind Dorris's effort. They also turned the ball over 12 times, but eight of those came in the final chapter. The Shamrocks had 19 turnovers, with 12 of those coming in the middle two periods when they got outscored 51-15.

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