Shadyside Boys Rally to Beat Barnesville
SHADYSIDE — Korey Beckett has had better scoring nights but he has never hit a bigger shot.
Shadyside’s talented junior guard buried a trey with less than four seconds remaining in overtime, capping a remarkable comeback as the Tigers pulled out a hard-earned 65-62 win over Barnesville Friday night. The hosts trailed by 11 (42-31) heading into the fourth quarter.
While Beckett’s bonus bomb proved the game-winner, classmate Mason Vannest was nothing short of sensational for the Tigers.
The 6-foot-1 point guard poured in a game-high 24 points to go with five assists and a like number of rebounds. Vannest sparked the Shadyside comeback with 14 points in the fourth period.
“We didn’t play with much energy for the first three quarters,” Shadyside coach Ed Andes said.
“We challenged the kids and they responded. They really got after it in the fourth quarter and overtime. We battled hard, stepped it up defensively and made some really big shots.”
Barnesville appeared headed to victory, nursing a 51-41 lead with just over four minutes left in regulation. Vannest, however, stepped to the forefront and energized the Tigers. His 14th point of the frame brought the hosts to within 55-53 with 1:05 left in the fourth.
The Shamrocks subsequently encountered some rough going, missing two free throws and committing three turnovers, the final one resulting in Shadyside’s Elijah Brock being fouled, sending him to the line with 26.6 seconds to go in regulation. The rising sophomore netted both attempts, knotting the count at 55-all. The Shamrocks misfired on shot in the waning moments, forcing overtime.
Barnesville’s Evan Hudson opened the extra session meshing a trey. Vannest responded with a bonus ball of his own. The Shamrocks took a 60-58 lead on two Kason Powell free throws. Vannest made it a one-point game via a charity toss at the 1:33 lighting.
Shadyside grabbed a 62-60 advantage 13 seconds later courtesy of a three-ball from freshman sharpshooter Ben Wach. Powell squared the score with two more charity tosses.
The Tigers failed to connect from the floor on their ensuing possession. The Red & Green, however, turned it over with 16.6 showing, setting the stage for Beckett’s three-ball and a 65-62 reading. He immediately stole the ensuing inbounds pass. The Tigers were unable to ice the game by missing two free throws. Barnesville had one last halfcourt shot go awry.
“Mason did what we told him to do. We told him to go strong to the bucket, and he certainly did. He made a lot of good plays,” Andes said. “Korey is shooter. We have a lot of confidence in him. He and Ben both hit huge threes.
“We didn’t shoot the ball all that well but we made the shots when we needed them. It was really a great team win,” he added. “Barnesville plays extremely hard. We knew it was going to be tough. Their record is no indication of how good they are.”
Vannest’s stellar outing was supported by a sharp effort from Brock. The 6-4 leaper netted 16 points to go with 15 rebounds. Solid senior Jacob Visnic enjoyed a productive night with 14 counters.
The comeback triumph evens Shadyside’s record at 9-9 on the campaign. The Tigers welcome Caldwell Tuesday.
Barnesville, a team much better than its 5-12 record would indicate, placed three players in double figures. Hard-playing Colton Hines led the way with 15 points. Hudson was next with 14 points while Powell chipped in with 13.
“We deserved a better fate (Friday). Things got a little chippy in the end but we have to take care of the ball. We must be stronger with the ball,” Barnesville head coach Johnny Hines said. “But my kids played hard. Their effort was there.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start. But when we put ourselves in position to win we need to be able to close out games. I really like my team. They always give me everything they got. But this game is one we let get away.”
Barnesville rolled to an 18-8 advantage after one quarter. Hines delivered six points in the quarter for the Shamrocks. The visitors were still on top 26-18 at intermission before three Hudson treys in the third quarter pushed the lead to 42-31 heading into the fourth quarter.