Basketball

Shippensburg bests rival Bulldogs to reach D-3 quarterfinals

SHIPPENSBURG — Shippensburg staved off a third-quarter rally by Big Spring and stretched its lead in the fourth period to comfortably capture a 63-44 District 3 Class 5A boys basketball playoff victory Tuesday night at home.

The first-round win puts the No. 3-seeded Greyhounds (15-2) into the quarterfinals against sixth seed Lampeter-Strasburg (9-3) on Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Shippensburg. L-S beat Northeastern 57-38 on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, which finished 10-9, had no answer for Jayden Statum, who tossed in 28 points. His 11 points — including a pair of 3-pointers — helped boost the Hounds to a 17-9 lead after one quarter.

Shippensburg led 32-18 by halftime, but Big Spring outscored the Greyhounds 17-11 in the third period, helped by two threes by Matthew Ward. The second of those shots reeled in Ship’s lead to just seven (38-31). A Statum jumper and a steal and layup by Isaiah Houser made it 47-35.

With 4:27 left in the game, the Bulldogs’ Everett Baker followed in his own missed three for a basket, but missed the resulting free throw that could have cut the lead to 9.

Then Statum put in the dagger, first hitting a runner in the lane, then scoring on a fast break after a steal by Anthony Smith to make it 51-37.

Smith was swarmed inside by Big Spring’s zone, but still scored 11 points, and Houser added 8.

For the Bulldogs, Ward totaled 15 points and Baker added 10.

Shippensburg 63, Big Spring 44
BIG SPRING
Matthew Ward 5 2-4 15, Ethan Eisenberg 0 0-0 0, Everett Baker 4 2-3 10, Jack Schulenberger 1 1-2 3, Jake Knouse 2 1-2 7, Seth Griffie 1 2-2 5, Jonathan Miller 1 2-2 4. Totals 14 10-15 44.
SHIPPENSBURG
Jayden Statum 10 6-7 28, Isaiah Houser 4 0-0 8, Trae Kater 0 0-0 0, Erby Weller 0 2-2 2, Jacob Cramer 1 0-0 3, Carter Funk 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Thomas 2 0-0 4, Anthony Smith 4 3-4 11, Tyler Hall 0 1-2 1, Dalton Foore 1 0-1 2, Graison Michajlic 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 12-16 63.
Big Spring                   9     9   17     9   —   44  
Shippensburg          17   15   11   20   —   63    
3-point shots — BS 6 (Ward 3, Knouse 2, Griffie); Ship 3 (Statum 2, Cramer).