Waynesboro boys record win against Southwestern

WAYNESBORO – For the first half of the Waynesboro boys basketball game against Southwestern on Thursday night, all you could hear in the Waynesboro gym was the orange basketball bouncing and ten players running up and down the court.

‘Boro (2-4) went into halftime down by two, but came out stronger and played with more energy in the third and fourth quarters to record a 57-49 win over Southwestern.

Cole Rhyne led the Indians with 21 points, and Bryce Shaffer contributed 14.

“When [Rhyne] has the ball, he has control of things,” ‘Boro coach Tom Hoffman said. “As a coach, it’s invaluable…we give him the keys. He has the keys to the car.”

At halftime, Hoffman challenged his team, and Shaffer in particular, to rebound better and clean up some turnovers. At the half, ‘Boro gave up 9 offensive rebounds and committed 11 turnovers.

“I thought [Shaffer] really made a difference in the second half,” Hoffman said. “Ethan Saunders… he guts it out, he’s a strong kid. We rebounded a little bit better, the tempo of the game was a bit more our way.”

Of Shaffer’s 14 points, 10 were scored in the second half.

Southwestern started strong, but couldn’t keep up with ‘Boro’s pace in the second half.

“It’s maturation, we are a young team,” Southwestern coach Clayton Wilcox said. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball.”

Wilcox also credited Rhyne’s ability of running the ‘Boro offense effectively.

“When we got down in the third quarter, we knew that it would be very tough to contain [Rhyne]. Once we struggled to contain him, he was going to pick us apart and find other guys to get them the ball,” Wilcox said.

The Indians will travel to Bubbletown to play Boiling Springs tomorrow. Southwestern (1-6) will look to improve their record against York-Adams foe Dallastown on Friday night.

“[Boiling Springs] is never an easy place to play… we will be a little fatigued, on the road, two games in two nights, but we will show up and see what happens. We only have one goal every single time, and that’s to come out with a victory,” Hoffman said.

Seth Sager 3 2-2 9, Aaron Fry 3 2-2 10, Jonah Friel 3 0-0 7, Shamar Weston 0 0-0 0, Barry Chamberlain 1 1-1 3, Tyler Cook 4 1-7 9, Shilo Bivins 5 0-1 11. Totals 19 6-13 49.
Kareem Sims 3 3-4 11, Cole Rhyne 7 6-8 21, Eric Huddleston 0 0-0 0, Connor Jacobs 1 0-1 3, Ethan Lowman 0 0-0 0, Aaron King 0 1-2 1, Jaylon Bean 2 1-4 5, Bryce Shaffer 7 0-0 14, Ethan Saunders 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 11-19 57.
Southwestern 13 11  17   8   –49
Waynesboro    9   13  22  13  — 57
3 point shots – SW 5 (Fry 2, Sager, Friel, Bivins); Boro 4 (Sims 2, Rhyne, Jacobs).
Technical Foul – Southwestern was issued a technical foul at the 5:55 mark in the third quarter due to delay of game. The Mustangs received a warning in the first half. The technical foul was assessed to Tyler Cook.