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On the strength of a 10-point advantage in the final quarter, visiting Shadyside was able to score a mild come-from-behind, 65-53 win over Barnesville High in Friday night hoops action.
The Shamrocks (6-12) started well, posting a 16-9 advantage in the opening frame thanks to seven quick points from Dylan MacMillan.
The guests began to cut into the Shamrock lead early in the second as Jared Brooks spearheaded a charge with six points in the stanza. They knotted the score at 20-20 when Austin Dorris made a pair of charity tosses.
Barnesville surged back into a lead at 23-20 when MacMillan converted an old-fashioned three-point play, only to see Shadysides Ryan Richardson drain a trey to tie things back up at 23-23.
When Barnesvilles David Stewart answered with a treyon the other end, it sent the home team back into a 26-23 lead with about two minutes remaining in the half.
The Tigers tallied five unanswered to go up 28-26 before the Shamrocks Zach Houston scored a pair of buckets in their final two possessions. Houstons points sent Barnesville into intermission up 30-28.
Extremely physical play in the third period began to turn the contest in Shadysides favor.
The game began to slip away from us then, admitted Shamrock coach Chris Pack. When the contest started to resemble a hockey game, our kids got a little flustered and, as a result, began to play a little too fast.
Shadyside was only too happy to take advantage of the Shamrocks impatience. Barnesville committed eight turnovers in the third, which helped the guests to a 13-9 advantage in the period. As a result, they entered the final frame up by 41-39.
After a Brandon Burkhart bucket and another trey from Stewart, the Shamrocks found themselves tied at 46-46 in the fourth periods early stages.
It would be the final tie of the game as Shadyside proceeded to close out the contest with a 19-7 run, taking advantage of a depleted Barnesville roster because of the absence of Brian Clark (still unable to play while recovering fully from a concussion). Pack used just six players in the game and by contests end, they struggled at both ends of the floor.
The winners enjoyed great scoring balance with four players in double figures. Brooks and Dorris each finished with 13 while Adam Stupak and Skyler Gibson each tallied 11.
Shadyside shot just under 50 percent from the field with a 25-of-53 effort. A woeful 11-of-22 free throw performance allowed the Shamrocks to hang close.
The Tigers committed 19 turnovers and grabbed 39 rebounds. Richardson and Dorris combined for 21 caroms. Gibson and Brooks each had three steals.
MacMillan scored 16 to lead all players. He also led the Shamrocks with 10 rebounds, had a pair of blocked shots and two steals. His final stat line was more impressive due his being in foul trouble for much of the game. Houston added 10 points; Burkhart finished with nine and Isaac McGee tallied eight.
Barnesville connected on 21-of-64 action shots and 5-of-9 charity tosses. The Rocks finished with 16 turnovers, 30 rebounds, 10 steals and seven blocked shots.
The Shadyside win was the second over Barnesville this season, having taken the earlier contest on Jan. 4 by a lopsided 62-39 count.
SHADYSIDE 65, BARNESVILLE 53
Luke Nardo 1-2 1-2 3, Adam Stupak 4-6 2-2 11, Jared Brooks 5-13 3-9 13, Zach Frizzi 2-6 0-0 5, Ryan Richardson 3-6 1-2 9, Austin Dorris 5-11 3-4 13, Skyler Gibson 5-9 1-3 11. Totals 25-53 11-22 65.
Jacob Anderson 2-10 0-2 4, Brandon Burkhart 2-8 4-5 9, Dylan MacMillan 7-17 1-1 16, David Stewart 2-8 0-0 6, Isaac McGee 3-8 0-0 8, Zach Houston 5-13 0-1 10. Totals 21-64 5-9 53.
Shadyside 9 1913 24 65
Barnesville1614 9 14 53
Three point goals SHS 4 (Nardo 1, Stupak 1, Frizzi 1, Richardson 1); BHS 6 (Burkhart 1, MacMillan 1, Stewart 2, McGee 2). ReboundsSHS 39 (Dorris 11, Richardson 10); BHS 30 (MacMillan 10). StealsSHS 9 (Brooks 3, Gibson 3); BHS 10 (Stewart 3). Blocked ShotsSHS 3; BHS 7 (Houston 3, MacMillan 2). FoulsSHS 11; BHS 20. Fouled Outnone. TurnoversSHS 19; BHS 16.