By Gene Davis
The Shenandoah boys basketball team finished a busy week playing three games in four nights. Losing to Shadyside 67-73 in overtime on Wednesday night, and defeating Buckeye Local 54-37 on Friday night, followed by defeating Central Catholic 60-48 on Saturday night. All games were played at home at the hanger.
On Wednesday night the Zeps led the entire game until about two minutes to go when the Tigers got their first lead 57-56. The Tigers increased their lead to 61-58 when Carston Smith drained long three-pointer to tie the game 61-61 with nine seconds to go in regulation. In overtime the Tigers outscored the Zeps 12-6 to secure the win. Carston Smith led all scorers with 34 points. Jarrett Wentworth added 18 points to earn him the Sue Groves Real Estate Consultant MVP Player of the Game. Zeps won reserve game 63-57.
On Friday night, the Zeps came alive in the second half to defeat Buckeye Local 54-37. Half-time score was 21-19, Zeps’ favor. In the third quarter the Zeps shot nine of 15, or 60%. To take a 48-30 lead, Carston Smith shot four for five with two 3-pointers and two foul shots. Jarrett Wentworth went two for five, both three-pointers. Weston Miley went one for one; Cale Bond went one for two. Vincent went one for one. Zeps reserves won 43-23. Carston Smith earned the Garrett Chapman Coffee House MVP. The Shenandoah Little League was honored at halftime.
On Saturday night the Zeps welcomed Steubenville Central Catholic Crusaders to the Hanger. The Zeps struck early. Leading 19-10 after the first quarter; 35-24 at the half; 49-33 at the end of three quarters and scoring a 60-48 victory, with the reserves playing the last two minutes. Carston Smith led all scorers with 29 points; Cale Bond and Jarrett Wentworth each had 10 points; Dierkis Vincent added seven; Weston Miley and Hunter House each had two points. The reserves also won 50-29. The varsity record n ow stands at 4-5 while the reserves sport a 5-4 record. The junior high basketball teams were honored at halftime.
For the Saturday night game, Cale Bond earned the Bates Hill Church of Christ MVP Player of the Game.
The Zeps next encounter is Friday, January 5 at Shadyside, starting at 6 p.m.