Shadyside and Barnesville were deadlocked nine times Friday night before the Tigers pulled away for a 65-53 boys' basketball victory in western Belmont County.
With 6:12 left to play and the score tied at 46, Ed Andes' up-and-down squad reeled off 19 of the final 26 points as Skyler Gibson (8) and Austin Dorris (6) combined for 14, and every starter reached the scoring column in the final frame.
"That was a good win for us," Andes said as his team evened 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."
BARNESVILLE’S Brandon Burkhart looks for somewhere to go with the ball as Shadyside’s Austin Dorris defends during Friday’s game. The Tigers posted a 65-53 victory.
After Barnesville's David Stewart meshed a triple from the top of the key to knot the count at 46, Dorris scored a pair of quick inside baskets, and Adam Stupak knocked down a jumper before Shamrock head coach Chris Pack called timeout with his team trailing, 52-46, with 5:30 remaining.
Following a trifecta 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 noted. "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.
"It was like a hockey game there for most of the second half, and we weren't going to win the hockey game," Pack continued.
Shadyside's inside strength wore on the Shamrocks (6-12) as Dorris (13), Ryan Richardson (10) and Jared Brooks (9) kept banging the boards as the visitors led 44-34 off the glass. Eight of Dorris' game-best caroms 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.
"We needed that from him," Andes said when informed that Brooks had nine rebounds, five assists and five steals in addition to his aforementioned point total. "Lately, he hasn't been scoring, but tonight he cut hard to the bucket and the guys found him."
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 his 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.
Shadyside had two more turnovers at 19-17.
Barnesville hits the road Tuesday night to meet Buckeye Trail in Old Washington. Meanwhile, Shadyside returns home to host Wheeling Central the same night.
The Tigers were big winners in the JV game.
SHADYSIDE (65) - Dorris 5 3-4 13; Stupak 4 2-2 11; Richardson 3 1-2 9; Gibson 5 1-1 11; Brooks 5 3-9 13; Nardo 1 1-2 3; Frizzi 2 0-0 6; Totals: 26-52 11-20. BARNESVILLE (53) - Anderson 2 0-0 4; McGee 3 0-0 8; Burkhart 2 4-5 9; MacMillan 7 1-1 16; Houston 5 0-1 10; Stewart 2 0-0 6; Totals: 21-60 5-9.
Three-Point Goals: Shadyside 2 (Stupak, Richardson); Barnesville 6 (Stewart 2, MacMillan, Burkhart, McGee 2)
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