Boys’ Basketball: Linsly Holds off Shadyside
WHEELING -The Linsly boys’ basketball team seems to thrive under pressure.
Shadyside had the Cadets’ backs against the wall on several occasions Saturday night in the Stifle Fieldhouse, but they never buckled.
Anthony Wallace scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, including going a perfect 4 of 4 from the foul line, as Linsly was able to hold off the Tigers, 69-65, to earn its 10th consecutive victory.
”We made enough plays down the stretch to win it,” Cadets coach James Wallace said. ”Shadyside came out and played really, really hard against us. I think they executed what they wanted to do really well. Give Coach (Ed) Andes and his staff a lot of credit. They didn’t stop coming after us for 32 minutes. We were fortunate enough to make some smart plays on defense that led to our offense down the stretch. I think that was the difference.”
It was the second time in 10 days the Cadets (11-3) got the better of the Tigers (8-10), as they won 67-61 on Shadyside’s home court.
”It was more of a continuation (of that game),” Coach Wallace said about Saturday’s matchup. ”There was a little more separation between us and them down there, but, for the most part, they don’t go away. They make shots and made a ton of free throws. We were able to get a couple stops when we really needed stops, and we had guys hit free throws down the stretch.”
After Linsly hit the game’s initial bucket, Shadyside went on a 10-2 run and carried that momentum into halftime with a 32-27 lead.
That’s when Coach Wallace said his team needed a little reminder of what exactly they were playing for.
”We just went back over our goal of winning the OVAC championship,” he said. ”We knew that for us to do that, we had to come out and win. They really embraced that and come out and played harder, played smarter and played more unselfish basketball.”
Colton Coss came out and helped spark an 11-3 Cadets run to start the third period and took a 40-35 lead with 5:33 remaining. The 6-foot junior scored seven of his 15 points during that stretch.
”Colton is really coming a long as a player,” Coach Wallace said. ”His mid-range game was really good (Saturday). He hit some good jump shots. You can see he’s blossoming into a really good basketball player. Defensively, he thrives on guarding the other team’s best player and locking them down. He moves his feet really well and plays with great enthusiasm and great energy. When he goes like that, I think it fuels the guys behind him.”
John Schuetz hit two free throws to put the Tigers ahead 55-54 with 6:29 to go in the fourth, but that’s when the Cadets went on 11-2 run to take a 65-57 advantage.
Luke Nardo, who led Shadyside with 20 points, had a chance to tie it at 65-65 with two free throws, but came away empty.
Zach Frizzi added 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Tigers, while Shane Johnson finished with nine points and five rebounds.
Wallace had 13 rebounds, three steals and three assists to go with his 23 points. Cole Griffin added eight points, six boards and six assists for Linsly.
Coach Andes was unavailable for comment after the game.