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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers Surge at End

Shadyside beats Barnesville, 65-53

February 2, 2013
By KIM NORTH, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BARNESVILLE - Shadyside and Barnesville were deadlocked nine times Friday night before the Tigers pulled away for a 65-53 boys' basketball victory.

With 6:12 left to play and the score tied at 46-46, Ed Andes' up-and-down squad reeled off 19 of the final 26 points as Skyler Gibson (eight) and Austin Dorris (six) combined for 14, and every starter reached the scoring column in the final eight minutes.

''That was a good win for us,'' Andes said as his team evens its mark at 9-9. ''It was good that the kids were able to step up and finish at Barnesville. We've had some pretty bad games here. I'm happy for the kids because we knew this was going to be a tough game.''

After Barnesville's David Stewart meshed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to knot the count at 46-46, Dorris scored a pair of quick inside baskets, and Adam Stupak knocked down a jumper before Shamrocks coach Chris Pack called timeout with his team trailing, 52-46, with 5:30 remaining.

Following a 3 out of Brandon Burkhart's hands, Gibson rattled off three consecutive baskets and Dorris added another as the lead grew to nine.

''They kind of wore us down at the end,'' Pack said. ''To get outscored by 10 points in the fourth quarter is disappointing. We didn't get in the right position defensively a couple of times, and then we got flustered there a bit after the turnover.''

Shadyside's inside strength wore on the Shamrocks (6-12) as Dorris (13), Ryan Richardson (10) and Jared Brooks (nine) kept banging the boards as the visitors led 44-34 off the glass.

Eight of Dorris' game-best rebounds came in the fourth quarter.

''We're we hoping that by pressuring them they would get tired, and I think they did,'' Andes added. ''I thought they (Barnesville) played a good game. We were just able to finish at the end.''

Dorris and Brooks tied for the team led with 13 points. Stupak finished with 11, as did Gibson. Richardson contributed nine.

Dylan MacMillan paced the Shamrocks with 16 points. Zach Houston chipped in 10, Burkhart nine and Isaac McGee eight. MacMillan also ripped down 10 rebounds.

The Shamrocks continued to play with a short bench as Brian Clark missed his eighth straight game with a concussion.

''Our depth is certainly affected by Brian's absence,'' Pack said, but noting he wasn't using it as an excuse. ''We would probably be four games better in the win column with him.''

Pack said that Clark could be back in time for the Division IV sectional tournament, but wouldn't rule it a definite.

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