Shadyside rallies past Bridgeport

Shadyside moved above the .500 mark Tuesday night in boys’ high school basketball action, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell from the way veteran head coach Ed Andes talked.

“It felt like, tonight, we lost,” Andes said after a gut-check, 49-46, come-from-behind decision over Bridgeport in the Tigers’ Den. “We just never got into the flow of things, and that’s because of their zone. We played at their pace.

“Bridgeport stayed in that 2-3 zone for four quarters and we just couldn’t get anything going on a consistent basis,” he added. “Give them (Bridgeport) credit. I thought they played a great game.”

The back-and-forth affair saw the two Division IV rivals deadlocked 10 times on the night (there were 13 lead changes), the last being at 40-all with just under four minutes left to play.

The Bulldogs (2-10) netted six of the next eight counters for a 46-42 edge with 3:10 remaining as Bailey McGrath came off the bench to account for five of those lightings after Jonathan Kreiter had given the visitors the lead with a free throw.

However, turnovers plagued Bridgeport down the stretch, and eventually cost them the game as they committed three straight after taking the lead.

“We needed to take care of the ball better in the final two minutes,” Bridgeport head coach Donnie Cash noted. “We had some costly turnovers, which gave Shadyside the ball back, and they made some plays.”

Austin Dorris hit the second of two free throws to start the Tigers (7-6) on a game-ending 7-0 run. After the first Bridgeport turnover, Shadyside’s Skyler Gibson scored his first points of the night as the margin was trimmed to 46-45.

The Bulldogs were guilty of another turnover on their next possession, and Jared Brooks’ basket put the hosts ahead 47-46 with 1:36 on the clock.

Following back-to-back turnovers by the two squads, Bridgeport called timeout to set up some final strategy. It almost worked as McGrath’s bonus ball from the left corner resembled that of Michigan’s Trey Burke late in the game against Ohio State Sunday. The shot slipped through the rim and barely grazed the nylon before spinning back out and into the hands of a Shadyside player.

“Bailey played well tonight. He had the green light there, but the shot just didn’t stay down,” Cash lamented. “That’s kind of the way our entire season has gone. The ball hasn’t bounced our way.”

However, the Tigers were guilty of a turnover, giving the Bulldogs one last chance, which didn’t materialize into anything as Gibson got behind everyone for a game-sealing layup with 11 ticks left.

“Somehow, we came out on top and got the ‘W’ and we’re excited,” Andes said after his team’s second consecutive win.”

Dorris led a balanced Shadyside attack with a game-high 13 points. Adam Stupak added 11, Zach Frizzi contributed nine off the bench and Brooks chipped in seven. Luke Nardo had half-a-dozen.

Dallas Fields paced Bridgeport with 11 markers. McGrath added 10 off the bench and Kreiter finished with nine. Robert Teeman also came off the bench to score seven points.

BRIDGEPORT (46) – Fields 4 3-3 11; Williams 2 0-0 4; Kreiter 3 1-3 9; Roth 1 0-0 3; Dyson 1 0-0 2; McGrath 3 2-2 10; Teeman 1 5-6 7; Cash 0 0-0 0; Totals: 15-45 11-14. SHADYSIDE (49) – Dorris 5 3-6 13; Stupak 4 2-2 11; Richardson 0 0-0 0; Gibson 2 0-0 4; Brooks 2 3-4 7; Nardo 2 2-4 6; Frizzi 3 1-2 8; Totals: 18-48 11-19.

Three-Point Goals: Bridgeport 5 (McGrath 2, Kreiter 2, Roth); Shadyside 2 (Frizzi, Stupak)

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