By Matt Kellam
Mechanicsburg—There is a reason both the Shippensburg Greyhounds and Cumberland Valley Eagles are near the top of both their district and Mid Penn conference standings this season. They were on display Saturday afternoon in Mechanicsburg as the Eagles came away with a hard fought 67-62 win over the Greyhounds.
Shippensburg, (13-4, 9-1 Mid Penn Colonial) came into the Saturday afternoon match up ranked as the number 4 team in district 3-5A and Cumberland Valley, (15-2, 9-2 Mid Penn Commonwealth) was ranked at number 2 in 6A.
Greyhounds coach Ray Staver said, “we’ve lost four games. Coming into today we were fourth in the power ratings and every one of those loses were to the three teams in front of us and now we lost to the number two team in six A. There’s no shame in that, we just have to get better at a couple of things.”
The Greyhounds were able to jump out to a first quarter lead behind Collin Taylor and Jeremy Thomas, who scored 15 of the 22 first quarter points.
Shippensburg went cold in the second quarter but foul trouble by the Eagles kept things close. The Greyhounds only scored two baskets from the field, but a seven for ten showing from the foul line made it a 34-33 game at the half.
The Greyhound’s shooting woes continued into the third quarter but Jeremy Thomas had a steal and score to spark an 8-2 run to put the Greyhounds back up 47-45 entering the fourth.
With the score tied at 52, the Eagles leading scorer, Harris Vorwald, got free for a three from the corner followed by a three from the wing to give Cumberland Valley the lead for good.
Coach Staver pointed to those two shots as a turning point of the game. “We have to know who the shooters are and we have to get stops when it matters.”
Shippensburg was able to get within one but foul shots by Vorwald and Jack Istvan and a turnover by the Greyhounds put the game out of reach.
Taylor led all scorers with 23. Vorwald led the Eagles with 19.
The Greyhounds will travel to Mercersburg Tuesday night to face James Buchanan in a Mid Penn Colonial match up before returning home Friday night to face conference leader, Northern York. Both games can be heard on midpennbroadcasting.com
Notes: Shippensburg scored more points, 62, than any team that has faced CV this year. CV came into the game allowing an average of 45.5 points per game.
Cumberland Valley 67, Shippensburg 62
Jayden Statum 2 7-11 11, Isaiah Houser 4 0-0 10, Collin Taylor 8 7-10 23, Jeremy Thomas 5 0-2 11, Anthony Smith 3 1-4 7. Totals: 22 15-27 62
Jack Istvan 0 2-4 2, Max Krevsky 5 0-0 11, Harris Vorwald 7 3-4 19, Sam Sherry 7 2-6 18, Ben Drury 4 5-6 13, Dylan Levis 1 0-0 2, Nolan Gilbert 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 12-19 67
Shippensburg 22 11 14 15 62
Cumberland Valley 15 19 11 21 67
3 point shots—Shippensburg 3 (Houser 2, Thomas 1) Cumberland Valley 5 (Vorwald, Sherry 2, Krevsky 1)