Shadyside boys fall at Linsly

WHEELING – Linsly took advantge of eight Shadyside turnovers in the first quarter that enabled the Cadets to get their transition game rolling early during Thursday night’s boys’ basketball matchup at the Stifel Field House.

Scoring 12 of its first 15 points as the result of Tigers’ mistakes, Linsly bolted in front 23-6 a minute into the second quarter and went on from there to post a 65-39 victory.

Anthony Wallace scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds to head three double-digit scorers for the Cadets, now 4-3 heading into 4:30 clash today against an 8-1 Seton LaSalle club in the Cancer Research Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University’s Alma Grace McDonough Center.

Toddy Goodwin-Rowe fired in 16 points, including eight during the final eight minutes when Linsly outscored the visitors 22-10 to finally put the game out of reach. Jibri Blount contributed 11 points and matched his teammate Wallace’s eight rebounds.

”Our plan was to come out man-to-man hoping to disrupt them,” Linsly coach James Wallace said. ”I think we did a really good job with our pressure. Then we made good decisions in transion and took advantage of the opportunities we had by not trying to force anything that wasn’t there.”

The Tigers (4-4) committed 20 turnovers that not only helped the Cadets get out and run the floor, those mistakes also limited the number of shots the visitors managed on the offensive end.

Shadyside had just 11 field goals in 31 attempts, hitting only 5 of 15 from the field in the second half.

”We had no energy on the offensive end,” said Tigers coach Ed Andes, who pointed out that many of his team’s turnovers were unforced. ”Passes went right through our hands, we missed layups and wide open shots. Nobody offensively stepped up.

”Linsly’s a very talented team but you have to go after them. If you don’t go at them, they can torture you.”

Shadyside led just twice at 2-0 when sophomore pivot netted a layup in one of few fast break opportunities and 4-3 on a short Adam Stupak jumper.

Linsly then scored the next nine points all on transition baskets after forcing Shadyside turnovers. Goodwin-Rowe scored on a breakaway, followed by Anthony Wallace’s two drives to the hoop and Colton Coss’s triple after still another Tigers’ giveaway.

Another Wallace 3-pointer extended the lead to 15-4 and Blount concluded a 14-0 Cadets’ spurt with a slick move resulting in a scoop layup off the glass.

Linsly led 19-6 entering the second quarter and baskets by Quinton Hamilton and Wallace extended the lead to 17 points.

Coach Wallace then took out four of his starters to give his bench players some playing time and the Tigers responded with seven straight points, five by Stupak with a triple out of the corner and a 12-foot jump shot. Jared Brooks then cashed two free throws, trimming the deficit to 23-13.

Linsly starters then re-entered the game and the hosts went on to lead 29-18 at halftime.

”We are going to need some of those kids down the line and it was good to introduce some of them to varsity basketball,” James Wallace said.

All 13 Cadets in uniform got playing time Thursday night.

”As it turned out in the third quarter they played pretty well in holding the lead. It kept Anthony, Jibri and the other starters fresh and that allowed us to put on that run in the fourth quarter,” he added.

Despite Shadyside’s problems holding on to the basketball, it was still just a 12-point deficit at 47-35 with six minuts remaining. Luke Nardo, although held without a field goal, helped keep the Tigers close by hitting 8 of 10 free throws in the contest.

However, Linsly then erupted on another 14-2 spurt to put the game well out of reach. Goodwin-Rowe sparked the fourth quarter rally with a trifecta, two-point bucket and three free throws.

Dorris was Shadyside’s only double-figure scorter as he tallied 12 points. Quinton Hamilton led the Tigers undernearth the glass by collecting six rebounds.