By Matt Kellam
Shippensburg-The Shippensburg Greyhounds saw a 14 point halftime lead dwindle to as few as 3 before shutting the door on the Indians in a 70-62 Mid Penn Colonial match up Tuesday night.
Shippensburg, (4-1, 3-0 MPC), took control early led by the inside play of Anthony Smith, (12 points, 11 rebounds) to take an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Jacob Cramer hit his only 3 of the night to open the second quarter to push the lead to nine. Waynesboro only got the lead under double digits once in the quarter when a Connor Jacobs steal and lay up made it 34-25. The Greyhounds finished on a 7-2 run to lead 41-27 at the break.Jayden Statum led the Greyhounds with 14 first half points and finished the game with a team high 20.
But the Indians were not done. Led by the shooting of Connor Jacobs, who finished with 17 points, Waynesboro cut the lead to 7 with two minutes to go in the third quarter. After a time out, the Greyhounds went inside to Collin Taylor for two and following a missed lay up by Cole Rhyne, Statum hit two free throws to push the lead back to double figures. Ship led at the end of the quarter, 54-43.
Indian coach Tom Hoffman lamented, “I bet we missed 10 lay ups. Shippensburg’s size does play a part of that, but several were uncontested.”
The lead stayed between nine and 11 for the first three minutes of the final quarter but several Greyhound turnovers and three pointers from Kareem Sims and Bryce Shaffer had the lead down to five. Shippensburg went to a four corner offense and Waynesboro was forced to foul. The Greyhounds helped the Indian cause by missing the front end of three, one and ones. Cole Rhyne missed a driving layup that would have cut the lead to one, Jacobs missed a three point shot and the Greyhounds started hitting from the foul line to put the game away.
Greyhound coach Ray Staver said, “We’ve got to be better at the free throw line. But, it’s good for us to have a tough game like this on our home floor and pull it out.”
Rhyne led the Indians with 22 points but was held to six in the second half by a box and one defense as he was shadowed by Jacob Cramer. “I love playing defense”, said Cramer. “That’s what I’m on the floor to do. I love when I get a stop.”
Waynesboro falls to 1-3, 0-2MPC with the loss.
NOTES: Anthony Smith and Collin Taylor both had a double-double. Taylor scored 14 with 12 rebounds and Smith 12 and 11 boards. The Greyhounds return to action Friday night when they visit Greencastle-Antrim. Waynesboro has a home game Thursday night versus South Western before traveling to Boiling Springs Friday night.
Shippensburg 70, Waynesboro 62
WAYNESBORO- Kareem Sims 2 0-0 6, Cole Rhyne 8 4-4 22, Aaron King 2 0-0 4, Bryce Shaffer 4 3-6 13, Connor Jacobs 6 2-2 17 TOTALS 22 9-12 62
SHIPPENSBURG- Jayden Statum 5 7-9 20, Jeremy Thomas 4 1-2 10, Anthony Smith 6 0-0 12, Collin Taylor 5 4-6 14, Isaiah Houser 1 1-2 4, Jacob Cramer 4 0-1 9. TOTALS 25 14-20 70
WAYNESBORO 12 15 16 19 62
SHIPPENSBURG 18 23 14 15 70
3 Point Shots-Waynesboro 9 (Jacobs 3, Sims, Rhyne, Shaffer 2) Shippensburg 6 (Statum 3, Thomas, Houser, Cramer 1)