SHADYSIDE - The air outside Shadyside High School on Tuesday night was bone-chilling cold. But the action inside, where Linsly and the Tigers squared off in a key boys' basketball battle, was scorching.
Anthony Wallace, who had the hottest hand of them all, poured in a game-high 25 points, including the final six, as the Cadets broke a 61-61 tie and pulled away for a 67-61 triumph.
"Anytime you can come into Shadyside and win it's a big deal," Linsly coach James Wallace said. "Coach (Ed) Andes does a great job with those guys. They play hard and they shoot the ball really well.
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Linsly’s Colton Coss drives to the basket in between Shadyside’s Luke Nardo and Shane Johnson.
"We had guys step up and make big plays. And Anthony Wallace has been in the middle of making those plays for four years. His leadership, not just in making plays, but in keeping guys focused, was a big reason why we were as successful as we were."
Anthony Wallace scored seven points in the fourth quarter and served as the catalyst at both ends of the court for the Cadets (8-3), who finished with a flourish after Shadyside (7-9) took the lead with a little less than two minutes left.
Zach Frizzi hit his fourth 3-pointer with 1:55 remaining to give the Tigers a 61-60 lead.
But from there, it was all Anthony Wallace.
He was fouled a short time later and made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game at 61-61.
Shadyside turned the ball over on its ensuing possession and when Linsly got the ball back, Anthony Wallace was fouled again, this time putting the Cadets in the 1-and-1. He made both free throws making the score 63-61 with 1:26 to play.
With 43.1 left, the Tigers inbounded the ball looking to tie or take the lead. A pair of jumpers missed and Linsly grabbed the rebound.
Anthony Wallace was fouled with 22.2 seconds left. He went to the line and calmly sank two free throws giving the Cadets a 65-61 lead.
When the Tigers inbounded the ball, Anthony Wallace tipped a pass, grabbed it and was fouled. He missed a free throw and the Tigers grabbed the board. But when a Tigers player tried to make a pass, Anthony Wallace stepped in front of it, stole the ball, and went in for a layup as the horn sounded.
"Wallace helped the others score, too," Andes said. "He does a lot for them.
"We put him at the line too many times. He didn't make as many field goals, but we put him at the line and he's good there, too."
Linsly looked to have the game in control early in the fourth when Erik Taylor went in for a layup that gave the Cadets a 53-46 advantage.
Luke Nardo made two free throws with 5:30 left that cut the Tigers deficit to five, 53-48. Then, after a Linsly turnover, John Michael Schuetz was fouled with five minutes left.
Schuetz was fouled by Colton Coss, who was also whistled for a technical foul on the play. Schuetz, who led the Tigers with 21 points, made 3 of 4 free throws making the score 53-51.
Moments later, Shadyside's Shane Johnson was fouled and sent to the line. He made both free throws that tied the game at 53-53 with 4:47 left.
Linsly responded with a 7-2 run, keyed by five points from Taylor that gave the Cadets a 60-55 lead.
"I'm really proud of how our guys responded to (that stretch),: James Wallace said. :It wasn't just the five guys on the floor. The bench got into it at that point. The momentum shifted to (Shadyside) but it really brought us together and made us refocus on what we needed to do."
Schuetz scored with 2:55 left to make it a 60-57 game. Then, following an Anthony Wallace miss, Frizzi made 1 of 2 free throws making the score 60-58.
"We had our chance there down the stretch, but they just pulled away," Andes said. "We just wanted to get a good shot. I had a lot of guys hitting.
"The effort from our team was great. They didn't quit. They're playing a tough, athletic team. We kept making shots and staying in the game."
Frizzi finished with 15.
Isaiah Harvin added 12 points for the Cadets, while Taylor and Coss each ended up with 11.
"We've played a lot of road games and have a had a lot of experience with that," James Wallace said. "We had a game like this down at Charleston Catholic.
"It's good for us coming down the stretch getting close to the (OVAC Tournament) to have these types of games. And to know what they feel like and what it takes to win them."