Dillsburg—The Northern York Polar Bears have not lost a home basketball game since January, 2018, a stretch of 23 games. Make that 24.
The Polar Bears completely shut down the inside game of Shippensburg to come away with a 65-51 win in the District 3, 5A quarterfinals Thursday night in the third meeting between the teams this season.
“They took away our inside game, they took away our penetration, and our transition game a little bit,” said Greyhound head coach Ray Staver. “That’s what coaches do. They game plan to take away a teams’ strengths.”
With the Polar Bears up 22-21, Tyler Weary hit a three to start an 8-2 run to end the first half and give Northern York a 30-23 halftime lead. Weary finished with 15 points on the game after scoring just two the last time to two teams met.
A three-point play by Collin Taylor pulled Shippensburg to within three at 31-28, but Eddie Ensor made two free throws after an offensive rebound, Weary hit a floater in the lane, and Zach French hit a corner three to vault the Polar Bears to a 10 point lead.
“Weary had a good game here Monday night in their first-round game,” added coach Staver. “And the French kid knocked down two-threes. That’s hurts you.”
The Greyhounds scored on back to back possessions and had a chance to cut the lead to four, but a turnover and resulting bucket by Weary stemmed the Greyhound run.
“Too many turnovers, especially in the second half and at crucial times,” said coach Staver.
The lead was at eight, 44-36 at the end of three.
Jordan Heisey, who had 13 points, hit his only three of the night and followed that with a lay up to push the lead to 11 early in the fourth.
Shippensburg was unable to muster a comeback and Northern York iced the game at the foul line where they were 18-19.
Notes: Gettysburg, the number 1 seed in District 3, was knocked off by Muhlenberg, 60-49. That sets up a return meeting between the two teams in the consolation semi-finals Monday night at Gettysburg. The Warriors won the first meeting, 64-63, at Chambersburg high school in January. Other quarterfinal winners Thursday night included New Oxford and Milton Hershey.
Northern York 65, Shippensburg 51
Jayden Statum 7 1-4 16, Isaiah Houser 4 3-4 12, Collin Taylor 3 5-5 11, Jeremy Thomas 4 0-0 10, Anthony Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 9-13 51.
Jordan Heisey 3 6-6 13, Tyler Weary 6 0-0 15, Jacob Hamm 1 1-2 4, Eddie Ensor 1 2-2 4, Nate McGill 6 6-6 18, Zach French 2 0-0 6, Alec Welshans 1 3-3 5. Totals: 20 18-19 65.
Shippensburg 13 10 13 15 51
Northern York 13 17 14 21 65
Three point shots—Shippensburg 4 (Thomas 2, Statum, Houser) Northern York 7 (Weary 3, French 2, Heisey, Hamm)