By Matt Kellam
Shippensburg— “We knew coming in we had to take care of the ball, we had to take away their penetration, and we had to make sure we cut down on their second chance points. We didn’t do any of those three things,” coach Ray Staver said after Thursday night’s consolation final against York William Penn.
The result was a dominant performance by the Bearcats and an 87-65 win to secure fifth place in District 3.
Shippensburg had not lost at home all season and its’ largest loss was by 14 at Northern York in the District 3 quarterfinals.
The Bearcats placed four players in double figures led by Antoine Beard with 24. He was joined by Cameron Gallon with 21, Isaiah Carroll with 12, and Kevin Glover with 10.
Jayden Statum had 28 to lead all scorers.
William Penn came into the game averaging 58.2 points per game on the season, but opened with a full court pressure that forced Shippensburg turnovers and turned it into a fast paced game.
“They pressured us man to man and that gave us trouble, obviously,” added Staver.
Both teams started the game trading baskets in a fast paced first quarter. Shippensburg had its’ final lead of the night at 17-16 before the Bearcat’s scored the final four points of the period to lead 20-17.
Statum had eight points in the opening quarter.
The Bearcat’s led 32-27 with over two and half minutes left in the half and held the Greyhounds scoreless while scoring seven points of their own to lead 39-27 at the half.
Shippensburg made a run mid-way of the third quarter to cut the lead to five at 43-38, capped by the lone three of the night by Jeremy Thomas, but a 13-2 run by the Bearcats pushed the lead to 16, 56-40.
A three at the buzzer by Jacquez Simmons made it 59-43 at the end of the third quarter. Simmons had made only one three point shot all season.
The lead stretched to 20, 70-50 with over five minutes left in the contest and the Greyhounds were forced to start fouling.
“We knew what their numbers were,” said coach Staver. The Bearcat’s came into the game shooting 52% from the foul line but made 14 for 20 for the game to end any hope of a comeback.
Notes: Shippensburg’s likely first round opponent in the state tournament will be Greater Johnstown, winners of District 6. The Trojans are 22-3. Final pairings and locations will be announced over the weekend. The winner of that game would face the winner of district 3-either Milton Hershey or Muhlenberg who play Friday night at the Giant Center. New Oxford secured third place with a 63-60 win over Northern York.
William Penn 87, Shippensburg 65
Tobee Stokes 0 2-2 2, Antoine Beard 10 4-6 24, Cameron Gallon 9 1-2 21, Isaiah Carroll 4 4-6 12, Brandon Mutunga 2 2-3 7, Kevin Glover 5 0-0 10, Rasim Lee 1 1-1 3, Mario McLaurin 1 0-0 2, Joshua Martinez 1 0-0 3, Jacquez Simmons 1 0-0 3. Totals: 34 14-20 87.
Jayden Statum 11 6-9 28, Isaiah Houser 2 4-4 8, Collin Taylor 7 4-5 18, Jeremy Thomas 4 0-0 9, Anthony Smith 1 0-2 2. Totals: 25 14-20 65
William Penn 20 19 20 28 87
Shippensburg 17 10 16 22 65
Three point shots: William Penn 5 (Gallon 2, Mutunga, Martinez, Simmons) Shippensburg 1 (Thomas)