By Matt Kellam
Gettysburg—For 28 minutes in Monday night’s district 3 consolation semi-final, The Shippensburg Greyhounds had the number of the Gettysburg Warriors. But, the game is 32 minutes long and Gettysburg made things interesting in the final four minutes before falling to the Greyhounds 67-60.
Shippensburg will now host William Penn, winners over Elizabethtown, in the fifth place game Thursday night at 7.
“You would expect them to come back on you, especially with a kid like (Quadir) Copeland on the floor,” said winning coach Ray Staver.
The Greyhounds, 19-7, started the game strong behind two-three points shots by Jeremy Thomas to take a 13-10 lead after the first quarter.
Thomas said, “Just to get in the flow of things and knock down a couple of threes and get our confidence up, that was huge.”
Thomas was not done. With the Greyhounds up 29-21, Shippensburg outscored the Warriors, 7-0 to end the half. Baskets by Isaiah Houser and Jayden Statum preceded another three by Thomas to give Shippensburg a 36-21 halftime lead.
The Warriors came out of the locker room to start the second half intent on shooting threes to try to get back in the game.
Zach Ketterman and Copeland hit back to back three’s sandwiched around a Collin Taylor basket to cut the lead to 11, but the Greyhounds answered immediately with a 6-0 run to push the lead to 17, 44-27.
Momentum started to swing the way of the Warriors. The Greyhounds led 46-31 when Copeland drove for a basket and was fouled. He made the free throw and on the next possession hit a three from the wing to cut the lead to nine, 46-37.
However, Copeland was called for a technical foul after the basket and Isaiah Houser made one of two free throws and Collin Taylor scored underneath on the next possession to push the lead back to double figures.
Shippensburg would lead 53-39 at the end of three.
Gettysburg mounted another comeback. With the score 59-44, the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to six, 61-55. Trenton Ramirez-Keller hit a three and Charles Warren had four to fuel the run.
After a Shippensburg time out, Anthony Smith scored on an assist by Houser to get the Greyhounds back on track.
Copeland scored again and, following a Greyhound turnover, Gettysburg had a chance to cut the lead to to two, but Ramirez-Keller missed an open three.
Statum was fouled and hit the front end of the one and one and following a Warrior miss, Taylor was fouled and hit both foul shots to increase the lead to 8 and put the game out of reach.
Taylor had a huge game for the Greyhounds leading all scorers with 30 points. He added 18 rebounds.
“Yeoman’s work on the boards from Collin and Anthony both,” said coach Staver. Smith added 11 boards.
Joining Taylor in double figures were Thomas, 15, and Statum, 13.
Copeland led the Warriors with 24. Warren added 14.
Gettysburg, the number one seed going in to the tournament, will host Elizabethtown Thursday in the 7th place game.
Shippensburg 67, Gettysburg 60
Jayden Statum 6 1-2 13, Isaiah Houser 1 1-2 3, Collin Taylor 10 10-12 30, Jeremy Thomas 6 0-0 15, Anthony Smith 3 0-0 6. Totals: 26 12-16 67.
Charles Warren 5 4-6 14, Zach Ketterman 4 0-1 9, Trenton Ramirez-Keller 2 0-0 5, Quadir Copeland 9 2-2 24, Mike Hankey 1 2-2 4, Taysean Foster 2 0-0 4. Totals: 23 9-11 60.
Shippensburg 13 23 17 14 67
Gettysburg 10 11 18 21 60
Three point shots—Shippensburg 3 (Thomas), Gettysburg 6 (Copeland 4, Ket