Tigers tame Bulldogs from beyond the arc

• Shadyside knocks down 10 treys in 71-62 win

SHADYSIDE — Veteran Shadyside head coach Ed Andes stood inside his make-shift office in the equipment room, staring at his upcoming schedule.

With a relatively inexperienced team and the likes of Cameron, Linsly, Union Local, Wheeling Central, River and Bellaire still lurking before Christmas, he fully realized just how important getting a victory Tuesday evening against Bridgeport was.

And despite being outplayed for much of the first half and opening minutes of the third quarter, the gritty Tigers found a way Tuesday evening thanks to a strong fourth quarter to pull out a 71-62 victory against the Bulldogs (0-2).

“Getting this win is big,” Andes said. “We played a lot better in the second half and we had contributions from a lot of people. It’s a good win and we’ll take it.”

The Tigers, who now have a week to prepare for a road trip to Cameron, got out of the gates quickly, grabbing a 14-12 lead. However, the Bulldogs picked up their games in the middle two quarters and owned a 31-25 lead at the half and a 50-49 upperhand at the final stop.

“We had some mental breakdowns defensively in the second half that really hurt us,” Bridgeport head coach Donnie Cash said. “Give (Shadyside) credit because they hit some shots, but we got 3-point happy again. We settled for way too many jumpers in the third quarter and down the stretch.”

The Bulldogs connected on 10 treys during the game, but only four in the second half. While those shots were clanging off the iron, Shadyside was cleaning up the boards. With sophomore Kelly Hendershot and senior Alex Krupa controlling the glass, the Tigers found ways to turn those missed shots into buckets on the other end.

“Bridgeport cooled off in the second half, which definitely helped us,” Andes said. “They got more loose balls than we did in the first half, but it seemed like in the second half, we did a better job of rebounding in the second half.”

Not only were the shots not falling in the second half for Bridgeport, the Bulldogs didn’t guard particularly well. Anthony Coggins, Hendershot and Collin Holmes all were left wide open for huge treys in the second half. Meanwhile, senior playmaker Josh Zandron made a living by attacking the basket en route to finishing with a team-high 23 points.

“We expect Josh and Kelly to score for us, but we also need some of the other guys to step up and score some points to help us win,” Andes said. “We got that contribution tonight.”

The Bulldogs were able to remain close in the fourth quarter thanks to junior Trevon Ray, who was on fire. He scored 25 points, including nine in the final quarter. He was complemented in the scoring column by Macrea Doyle, who had the hot hand early. He scored 19 points in the game.

It was a Doyle 3-pointer that brought the Bulldogs to within four at 64-60 with just over three minutes to play. Shadyside proceeded to score the next seven to salt the game away. Shadyside was a sharp eight-of-11 from the line in the fourth.

“It’s going to sound weird because we’re 0-2, but I like how we’re playing,” Cash said. “I told the guys before the season that every game on our schedule could be a coin flip that could go either way. They out-toughed us and that’s one thing our kids have to get better at. If we do the little things better and pay more attention to the details, we’ll be OK.”

While the Tigers are off this weekend, Bridgeport continues its season-opening four-game road swing at Beallsville on Friday.

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