By: Matt Kellam
Chambersburg— “It had the feel of a district playoff game,” said Shippensburg head coach Ray Staver after the Greyhounds dropped a heartbreaker to unbeaten Gettysburg, 64-63 Saturday night at the 13th annual “Dunks for Drew” held at Chambersburg High School.
The Greyhounds had a chance for the win after a missed foul shot with 5.2 seconds to go, but Jeremy Thomas had trouble getting the rebound out and Isaiah Houser’s long jumper hit the rim as the horn sounded.
Shippensburg jumped to an early 6-0 lead, but a steal by Trenton Ramirez-Keller and layup by Taysean Foster tied the game at 10. Back to back baskets by Collin Taylor pushed the lead back to four, 14-10 and Greyhounds held a one-point advantage after the first period, 18-17. Taylor scored 10 points in the quarter.
The teams traded baskets at the start of the second quarter before Qudir Copeland, who led Gettysburg with 19 points, hit two baskets to put the Warriors up by five, 28-23. Gettysburg held the lead 32-29 at the half.
Gettysburg stretched the lead to eight, which was the largest lead of the game, to begin the second half but Anthony Smith scored 10 straight points to cut the lead to 44-41. Smith finished with a game high 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Greyhounds. A three by Ramirez-Keller at the buzzer gave Gettysburg a 53-47 lead heading into the final period.
Baskets by Taylor and Isaiah Houser cut the lead back to two to start the fourth, but Gettysburg answered back with Copeland scoring on an inbound play to push the lead back to five.
Two foul shots by Houser with 9.2 seconds to go made it 63-61. Ramirez-Keller was fouled on the in- bound play and made the first but Copeland picked up his fifth foul when Houser rebounded the missed second shot. Houser made both free throws.
Again the Greyhounds fouled on the inbound and Mike Hankey missed both attempts to set up the final play.
Shippensburg, (8-3, 5-1MPC) placed four starters in double figures. Joining Smith were Taylor with 14, and Jeremy Thomas and Houser with 11 each. Taylor added 14 rebounds.
For Gettysburg, Charles Warren added 16 and Ramirez-Keller added 12 to go with Copelands 19 to lead the Warriors.
“We’ve played very well each of the last two games,” added Staver, “but there are things we can learn from it to get better.”
The Greyhounds return to action Tuesday night when they travel to Boiling Springs in a Mid Penn Colonial match-up.
GETTYSBURG 64, SHIPPENSBURG 63
Qudir Copeland 9 0-5 19, Charles Warren 5 5-5 16, Zach Ketterman 4 0-0 8, Trenton Ramirez-Keller 4 1-2 12, Mike Hankey 2 0-2 6, Taysean Foster 1 1-3 3 Totals: 25 7-17 63
Jayden Statum 1 5-6 8, Isaiah Houser 3 4-4 11, Collin Taylor 7 0-0 14, Jeremy Thomas 3 5-6 11, Anthony Smith 6 3-4 15, Jacob Cramer 1 0-0 2, Dalton Foore 1 0-0 2, Totals: 22 17-20 63
GETTYSBURG 17 15 21 11 64
SHIPPENSBURG 18 11 18 16 63
3 Point Shots, Gettysburg 7 (Ramirez-Keller 3, Hankey 2, Copeland 1, Warren 1) Shippensburg 2 (Statum 1, Houser 1)