By Matt Kellam
Dillsburg—Jayden Statum hit a clutch three with 4.2 seconds to go in regulation to tie the score at 75, but Northern was able to control the overtime and came away with a thrilling 93-87 win in a battle for the top spot in the Mid Penn Colonial Wednesday night.
The Greyhounds started strong with Collin Taylor scoring 10 first quarter points, all from around the basket, to take a 21-16 lead at the break.
Northern, (10-2, 5-0MPC) which was 11 for 26 on three point shots on the night, would chip away and took the lead for the first time with 6:31 to go in the half, 24-23. The Greyhounds came back on a follow up jam by Anthony Smith and breakaway lay-up by Statum to lead 33-28. They would lead at the half 37-31.
Back to back threes by Nate McGill, who led the Polar Bears with 29 points, and Jacob Hamm along with a foul shot by McGill tied the score at 47 with 3:12 to go in the third.
Again the Greyhounds re-took the lead on two free throws by Isaiah Houser and a short jumper from Collin Taylor, 51-47. They would maintain the four-point lead at 54-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
Shippensburg (8-2, 5-1MPC) clung to that four-point lead until Jordan Heisey hit his first three of the night to tie the score at 62 with 3:51 to go. The Polar Bears stretched the lead to six, 72-66, on a corner three by Eddie Ensor.
A baseline runner by Jeremy Thomas and two free throws by Isaiah Houser cut the lead to one with 14.8 seconds to go, but two foul shots by Heisey set up the last second shot by Statum for the tie.
In the overtime, Tyler Weary and McGill hit threes for the Polar Bears sandwiched around two Houser free throws to take the lead for good.
Greyhound coach Ray Staver commented after the game, “How many times did we have a four-point lead and we got the stop but gave up the offensive rebound? We told our kids all five guys have to rebound, but that just didn’t happen, especially in the second half.”
For Shippensburg, Jayden Statum led the team with 31 points before exiting late in the overtime due to cramps. Collin Taylor added 23 and a team high 14 rebounds.
Northern was led by McGill with 29 and Ensor with 20. Northern attempted 38 free throws and made 28. The Greyhounds were 12 for 20.
Shippensburg has to re-group for a Saturday night showdown with undefeated Gettysburg at “Dunks for Drew” at Chambersburg High School at 6pm. That game can be seen on Mid Penn Broadcasting starting around 5:45.
NORTHERN YORK 93, SHIPPENSBURG 87 OT
Jayden Statum 12 3-4 31, Isaiah Houser 3 6-6 12, Collin Taylor 10 3-4 23, Jeremy Thomas 3 0-0 6, Anthony Smith 6 0-0 12, Cramer 0 1-4 1, Carter Funk 0 2-2 2 Totals: 34 12-20 87
Jordan Heisey 4 7-8 16, Nate McGill 7 12-15 29, Tyler Weary 4 5-8 16, Eddie Ensor 7 2-4 20, Jacob Hamm 3 2-3 9 Totals: 25 28-38 93
SHIPPENSBURG 21 16 17 21 12 87
NORTHERN YORK 16 15 19 25 18 93
Three point shots—Shippensburg, 4 (Statum 4) Northern York, 11 (Ensor 4, McGill 3, Weary 2, Hamm, Heisey 1)