By Matt Kellam
Shippensburg—Shippensburg head basketball coach Ray Staver wanted to end the suspense early by running a play designed to get the ball in to Collin Taylor. Taylor took care of the rest, scoring on the first offensive play of the game to put him over the 1,000-point mark in Shippensburgs’ 83-52 win over East Pennsboro Thursday night.
“Congratulations to him,” said coach Staver post game. “He’s the first underclassman on the boys side in the history of this school district to score 1,000 points.”
Taylor added, “It felt great knowing I could get it over with and celebrate a little bit, then get back into playing the game.”
The game was downhill for the Panthers from the start. After Taylors first make, Shippensburg scored five more points to lead 7-0 a minute and a half into the game. They led after the first, 25-10.
The lead stayed at 15 at the half, 44-29.
Jeremy Thomas scored the first five points in the third quarter for the Greyhounds, (16-5, 11-1MPC). He finished with a game high 21 points and nine rebounds in one his best all-around games of the year.
“He’s just starting to tap his ability,” added coach Staver. “We have a lot of weapons and we’re hard to guard. On any given night, one of our starters can have a big game.”
Shippensburg stretched the lead to 20 by the end of the third quarter allowing coach Staver to pull the starters by mid-way in the fourth.
Four of the five Greyhound starters were in double figures. In addition to Thomas’ 21, Taylor added 18, Jayden Statum had 13, and Anthony Smith 12-including several crowd pleasing dunks.
For the Panthers, who finished their season at 9-13, were led by Adnan Sbai with 14 and Preston Powery with 13.
Notes: Before the game, Shippensburg was awarded the first Mid Penn Colonial sportsmanship award named in honor of long time Boiling Springs coach Pat Dieter. The award was voted on by the coaches in the conference. The Greyhounds will play in the Mid-Penn tournament Tuesday night against probable opponent, Central Dauphin. The winner of that game will play for the championship Thursday night. Likely location for Tuesday’s game is Mechanicsburg High School.
Shippensburg 83, East Pennsboro 52
Adnan Sbai 5 4-5 14, Devin Shellenberger 1 0-0 2, Nick Rush 1 2-2 5, Evan Farling 1 2-2 4, Preston Powery 6 1-3 13, Makai Stewart 3 0-0 7, Grant Anderson 3 0-0 7. Totals: 20 9-13 52.
Jayden Statum 5 2-4 13, Isaiah Houser 2 0-0 5, Collin Taylor 8 2-4 18, Jeremy Thomas 9-1-2 21, Anthony Smith 6 0-3, Jacob Cramer 1 0-0 3, Nathaniel Edy 0 2-2 2, Dalton Foore 4 1-3 9. Totals: 35 8-18 83.
East Pennsboro 10 19 15 8 52
Shippensburg 25 19 20 19 83
Three point shots—East Pennsboro 3 (Rush, Stewart, Anderson) Shippensburg 5 (Thomas 2, Statum, Houser, Cramer)