By Matt Kellam
Shippensburg—The Shippensburg Greyhounds captured the title of their holiday tournament for the second year in a row with a tough fought 64-60 win over the Susquehanna Township Indians Saturday night.
The Greyhounds,(7-1, 4-0 MPC), jumped to an 11-0 lead led by 9 points by tournament MVP Collin Taylor. Indian coach Gary Martin was forced to use three timeouts to get his team on track.
Reserve Jacob Seigle came off the bench to spark the Indians, who didn’t score until 2:35 was left in the quarter but closed to within four at 15-11. Seigle scored 7 of his team leading 16 points in the quarter.
With the Greyhounds holding an 18-14 lead, the Indians went on a 6-0 run in the second quarter to take a two-point lead. The teams traded baskets and foul shots and Susquehanna went into the break up 28-27.
The score remained close throughout the third quarter but an Isaiah Houser 3 and Taylor’s shot at the buzzer gave the Greyhounds a 47-42 lead heading into the fourth.
Shippensburg extended the lead back to 11 points, 61-50, with under three minutes to go when Isaiah Houser hit two free throws. But, Township was not done. A turnover and a Seigle basket pulled the Indians back to within six at 61-55, but the Greyhounds were able to hit foul shots down the stretch to ice the game.
Coach Ray Staver said, “I thought three things we really had to do and for the most part we did them. We had to rebound, we had to get back and not give up easy baskets, and we had to take care of the ball.”
The Indian starters were held to 14 total points. Three players came off the bench to lead the scoring including Isaiah DeShields, who scored 16, Gavin Parson with 10 and Seigles’ 16.
For the Greyhounds, Collin Taylor led the way with 18 and 16 rebounds. Jayden Statum, 16 and 6 assists, and Anthony Smith with 11 and 15 boards were also in double figures.
Statum was named to the all-tournament team along with Seigle and DeShields from Susquehanna, Naji Hamilton from Octorara, and Colton Keller from Delone Catholic.
The Greyhounds return to action January 3 when they host James Buchanan in a Mid-Penn Colonial contest.
SHIPPENSBURG 64, SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP 60
Michael Marable 0 1-2 1, Lemar Lester 1 0-2 2, Kevin Coleman 1 2-2 4, Maki Jones 0 1-2 1, Malik Murphy 2 2-2 6, Isaiah DeShields 6 1-3 16, Jordan Jones 1 2-2 4, Jacob Seigle 7 2-3 16, Gavin Parson 5 0-1 10. Totals: 23 11-19 60
Jayden Statum 6 4-5 16, Isaiah Houser 1 5-6 8, Collin Taylor 7 4-5 18, Jeremy Thomas 3 1-3 8, Anthony Smith 5 1-1 11, Nataniel Edy 1 0-0 3. Totals: 23 15-20 64
Susquehanna Township 11 17 14 18 60
Shippensburg 15 12 20 17 64