SHADYSIDE - Shadyside won its first game of the season Tuesday night by virtue of a 67-55 decision over Zanesville Rosecrans (1-2) in the Tigers' Den.
Veteran head coach Ed Andes was pleased with his team rallying from a six-point deficit to take control of the game in the fourth quarter.
"We played a lot better in the fourth quarter tonight than we did in the last fourth quarter (against Bridgeport)," Andes said citing the loss in their home opener. "This one we finished. We kept the lead, stayed on top.
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Shadyside's Zach Frizzi takes it to the hoop over top Bishop Rosecran defender Jared Cox during Tuesday’s game. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
"Overall, we improved a lot in a week," Andes added. "We shot better at the foul line and played with more confidence."
Andes said that the formula working for the Tigers was to feed it inside to 6-3 Shane Johnson. Netting a game high 25 points, the sophomore scored 10 points in the fourth quarter.
His classmate John Michael Schuetz netted three treys in the second half, two of those in the final frame as Shadyside outscored the Bishops, 23-12.
Junior Zach Frizzi had carried the Tigers in the first half. One of just two returning lettermen, Frizzi dropped in half of his 22 points in the opening stanza to give the hosts a 16-13 advantage going into the second.
The Bishops won the second quarter 16-15 and the third 14-13, using that momentum they put Shadyside in a 6-point hole to begin the fourth quarter,
Johnson finished with a double-double adding 14 rebounds to his game high point total for Shadyside.
"We like to spread it around and ideally we will have four players in double digits," said Andes.
Logan Cline contributed seven points with one trey. The Tigers made good on 23 of 58 action shots hitting 6 of 19 long distance buckets. The Tigers turned it over 12 times.
Aaron Gehlken paced the Bishops with 22 points while Jesse Melick netted 17 and led the visitors with nine rebounds. Rosecrans shot 20 of 53 from the floor making good on just 5 of 19 from outside the arc. Zanesville netted 10 of 14 charity shots, pulled down 30 rebounds while turning it over just 11 times.
Shadyside (1-1) will make up a road game at Shenandoah Saturday weather permitting.
Shadyside prevailed in the jayvee tilt.
ROSECRANS (55) Fisher 0, 0-0 0; Cox 4, 3-4 11; Fisher 0, 0-0 0; Hagey 0, 0-0 0; Melick 6, 4-5 17; Start 1, 1-3 3; Gehlken 8, 0-0 22; Johnston 0, 2-2 2. Totals 20, 10-14. SHADYSIDE (67) Nardo 0, 2-4 2; Johnson 8, 9-11 25; Cline 2, 2-2 7; Frizzi 9, 2-2 22; Schuetz 3, 0-1 9; Fulton 1, 0-1 2. Totals 23, 15-21.
Three point goals; Shadyside - Schuetz (3), Frizzi (2), Cline. Rosecrans Gehlken (4), Melick.