Tigers Defeat Seminoles
SHADYSIDE — Basketball can be a simple game to figure out if you look inside of the stats.
Tuesday night turnovers and rebounding made all the difference in a hard-fought battle between home-standing Shadyside and Monroe Central. And in the end it was the Tigers who erased an early 10-point deficit to hand on for the victory down the stretch.
Sophomore Elijah Brock tallied a team-high 18 points, including 12 in the third quarter, while three Tigers pulled down at least eight rebounds and junior Korey Beckett came up big with a three-pointer, a basket, a pair of charity tosses and a huge steal in the final 3:46 of play as Shadyside earned a 70-66 triumph over the Seminoles inside the Tigers’ Den.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak and moves Coach Ed Andes’ squad to 2-3 on the young season while Coach Jon Perkins’ Monroe Central dropped to 3-2.
Things didn’t begin well for the Tigers, who turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter as the Seminoles scored the game’s initial six points and led 16-6 heading into the second. Unfortunately for the visitors they turned the ball over nine times in the second chapter as Shadyside rallied to knot the count at 26-26 at the break.
“We talked at the half about all the turnovers and not trying to force things,” Andes said. “But I felt like we did a lot better job in the second half and came up huge. Rebounding was also a big plus for us.”
A pair of three-point bombs from Luke Burkhart and another from Auston Hogue highlighted a 9-2 run to begin the third as the visitors held an early 35-28 upper hand.
Collin Kroll eventually tallied 12 in the period for the ‘Noles to match Brock’s output in the chapter as the team’s combined for 52 points in the third with Monroe Central leading 53-51 with eight minutes to play.
The Seminoles twice led by four in the final period, including 59-55 on a pair of Kroll free throws with 6:01 to play. However, after Mason VanNest tied the score with a hoop at 4:22, Beckett bombed in a long-distance shot to give the Tigers a 65-62 lead. Baskets from Cooper Thompson and Hogue, off a big steal, put the visitors back in front 66-65 at 1:40, but it was all Shadyside from there.
A VanNest basket put the Tigers up for good before Jacob Visnic and Beckett each buried a free throw. Beckett’s charity toss with 15 seconds to play gave Shadyside a four-point advantage that managed to stand up.
“We had some kids really step up in the fourth quarter and Korey (Beckett) made some real big plays,” Andes added. “The biggest thing was that it was nice to finish the game. Monroe Central came out with twice as much energy as us in the first half, but we just kept coming all night.”
Visnic finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, VanNest had 13 and nine boards, Beckett added 11 points and Jordan Joseph was the fourth Tiger in double-figures with 10. Shadyside grabbed a 34-24 edge off the glass. Kroll led all scorers with 23 while Hogue chipped in 17 points and came up a rebound short of a double-double.
Each team finished with 20 miscues, but Monroe Central had only four in the first and third quarters, which were the quarters they finished with the lead. On the other hand, Shadyside had 15 first half turnovers and just five over the final two frames.
“We talked about mistakes and we have to do a better job handling the ball in certain situations,” Perkins admitted. “But we had some guys get some experience (Tuesday) and some kids handling the ball that normally don’t do that. At the end of the day we came out real hot and their play in the second quarter got them right back in the game.
“Rebounding and turnovers in certain situations were the difference and that is how you win games. It was a great effort by out kids, but little things added up in the end.”
Union Local 54, Martins Ferry 35
MORRISTOWN — Zach Bateman delivered a 24-point performance as Union Local defeated Martins Ferry.
Logan Smith finished with 12 points for the Purple Riders.
Malvern 74, River 46
MALVERN — Brody Lollathin tallied 15 points while Ty Long netted 10, but River fell to Malvern.
Meadowbrook 72, Steubenville 53
STEUBENVILLE — Zion Sawyer scored 17 points, but Steubenville fell to Meadowbrook.
New Philadelphia 59, Steubenville 50
Makayla Abram tallied 19 points for Steubenville whileKylie Maxwell produced 10, New Philadelphia prevailed.
Banresville wins 11-Team Event
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Barnesville had 10 individuals reach the podium with Reese Stephen (106) Dakota King (113) and Griffen Stephen (120) claiming their weight classes.
St. Clairsville also recorded three titlists in Koen Kish (132), Logan McCort (152) and Austin DaRe (170).
Martins Ferry had one champion in Zak Dobson (220).