SHADYSIDE - No need for any late-game dramatics Friday night.
The first time River and Shadyside met this season, the Tigers needed a Logan Cline 3-pointer ahead of the final buzzer to knock off the homestanding Pilots, 50-47, inside the R.L. Potts Gymnasium in Hannibal.
Trailing 2-0 on Friday night, the Tigers (6-5) went on a 12-0 run and never looked back in whalloping the Pilots, 64-34.
Zach Frizzi, who was coming off a career night against Monroe Central, dropped in a pair of 3s to spark the early surge. However, it was the inside play of sophomore Shane Johnson and the all-around floor game of classmate Travis Fulton that did the most damage against the shell-shocked Pilots.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3 banger, scored a game-high 20 points and collected 10 rebounds for a double-double. The 6-3 Fulton stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and a trio of steals.
"Frizzi only had eight and we won easily," Shadyside coach Ed Andes said while scanning the scorebook. "We had four other guys in double figures. That's what it's all about."
Andes was also impressed with the game that Fulton had.
"He had a very nice floor game," the coach said. "He did a lot more things than just scoring, and that is what we need from everyone."
The Tigers blistered the nets to the tune of 66 percent (25-for-38). That included a perfect 7-for-7 showing from inside the 3-point arc in the third quarter. The hosts also meshed their first five shots, including a trio of 3s, from the floor to start the fourth quarter.
"They shot the lights out and we can't make a shot," River coach Mark Romick lamented aftter his team managed to connect on 16 of 56 attempts. "A leopard doesn't change its spots during the season. You've got to go out and work your butt off from April 1 to Nov. 1 to become a good shooter.
"That's the bottom line."
Shadyside, which won for the third time in its last four outings, led 16-6 after one and 29-16 at the half as River went 7 of 26 from the floor in the first half.
Johnson powered his way for nine of his points in the third quarter when the Tigers bumped the margin to 44-24 entering the final quarter.
"Shane had a good game inside," Andes said. "But I thought everyone played well, and that's what we need every night."
In addition to Johnson and Fulton, two other Tigers - John-Michael Schuetz and Luke Nardo - reached double digits with 12 and 10, respectively.
River was led by Jarrett Armann with 10 points and nine rebounds. Joey Flannery added eight points.
"We didn't defend anybody all night," Romick added. "We would get right up on them and then let them go to their strength."