Shadyside soars past Bridgeport
Shadyside head coach Ed Andes probably couldn’t have written a better script for his team’s 2012-13 debut.
Coming off the longest pre-season of his recent memory, the Tigers looked like a well-oiled machine in building a 20-point cushion at the half and they went on for a convincing 79-58 victory against Bridgeport (1-1) inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium Tuesday evening.
“For us, it’s nice to get a win early because these guys have to get used to winning,” Andes said. “This is a great win. Our guys always seem to play well here and tonight was no different. These kids’ confidence needed a game like this early.”
As well as the script went for Andes and the Tigers, it was a polar opposite for the Bulldogs, who came into their home opener off a victory at Beallsville last Friday.
“We played with a lack of energy and enthusiasm the entire first half,” said Bridgeport head coach Donnie Cash. “We started out the game flat and Shadyside took advantage of it. They built a lead that we just couldn’t catch up to.”
The Tigers (1-0) got out of the gates early by feeding talented 6-5 sophomore Austin Dorris, who did work on the low block throughout the contest.
“The other kids noticed that Austin had the hot hand and they kept feeding him,” Andes said. “This is a really unselfish group. That’s always been a big key to success for us.”
Dorris meshed 7-of-8 action shots in the first quarter to spark the Tigers to a 19-11 upperhand after one period.
Dorris and the Tigers kept pouring it on in the second, outscoring the Bulldogs, 21-9 to take a 40-20 lead into the intermission. Dorris, who finished the game with a career-high 32 points and 11 rebounds, had 21 of those in the first 16 minutes.
“We want to go inside and outside and if we can do that, it’ll be great for us,” Andes said. “We want to be as balanced as we can be. This was a great team win for us and definitely something to build on.”
Bridgeport did claw its way back into the game in the early stages of the third quarter. Behind an impressive offensive showing from sophomore Q.J. Williams, the Bulldogs got as close as 13 on three occasions in the third, but we never able to get over the hump to make the Tigers a little antsy.
“We went small to try to speed the game up a little bit and pressed a little more,” Cash said.
“We had some looks when we got closer and couldn’t hit. They were able to convert and extend it back out. I am much happier, though, with our effort in the second half.”
The Tigers led, 57-42, after three chapters and after Williams buried a triple to begin the fourth, Bridgeport was down by just 12. However, Shadyside went back into Dorris, who scored nine more points in the fourth.
Jared Brooks, who missed most of last season because of injury, scored 12 of his 14 in the second half. Shadyside received solid effort off the bench from Zach Frizzi. He finished with 11.
Williams led all Bulldogs’ scorers with 25. Dallas Fields added 14.
Bridgeport was guilty of 15 turnovers, while Shadyside was charted for only 11 miscues.
Bridgeport managed a split by capturing the jayvee encounter.
Both teams are in action Friday. Shadyside makes its home debut against Shenandoah, while the Bulldogs bus to Barnesville.
SHADYSIDE (79) – Nardo 1, 2-4 4; Stupak 1, 0-0 2; Johnson 1, 0-0 2; Brooks 6, 2-2 14; Frizzi 4, 0-0 11; Schuetz 1, 0-0 2; Edgar 0, 0-0 0; Richardson 3, 1-2 7; Dorris 13, 6-10 32; Gibson 2, 0-0 5; Dalton 0, 0-0 0; Totals: 32, 11-18 79. BRIDGEPORT (58) – Roth 1, 0-0 2; Fields 5, 4-6 14; Kreiter 1, 2-2 4; Williams 10, 4-8 25; Dyson 2, 2-3 6; Seevers 0, 0-0 0; Cash 1, 0-0 2; Teeman 0, 0-1 0; McGrath 1, 0-0 3; McDonnell 0, 0-0 0; Herick 0, 0-0 0; Sieber 1, 0-1 2; Totals: 22, 12-20 58.
Three-Point Goals: S – Frizzi (3), Gibson. B – Williams, McGrath.
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