JERSEY SHORE - In Friday night's contest at Jersey Shore, Danville survived with basketball's most deadly shot as it converted eight 3-pointers to capture a 68-48 Heartland Conference I win over the Bulldogs.
Jersey Shore hung around for the most of the night and even pulled to within a point, but a fourth quarter flurry highlighted by two consecutive long balls from Bret Berg proved decisive.
"It's tough," Jersey Shore coach Harvey Barnhart said. "When you play zone and teams start hitting shots it's tough."
Jared Fisher of Jersey Shore, left, and Andrew Andreychik of Danville fight for possession Friday at Jersey Shore. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
Just over a minute into the final quarter, Jersey Shore pulled within a four points of tying thanks in part to a Tyler Pauling 3-pointer. And, once again within four points of knotting the score, it was a Danville trey to break-up any momentum created from Pauling's basket.
Berg canned two consecutive treys after the close call to help spark a 13-2 run. Besides Berg's game-changing 3's, Matt McConnell added a trey and Kyle Gruss posted two baskets over the offensive surge. Berg finished the game with a team-high 17 points with Andrew Andreychik just behind at 16 points.
"We played well with Danville for three quarters," Barnhart said. "They just took over at the end."
After trailing 18-7 at the conclusion of the first quarter, a performance that got all five starting players benched midway through the quarter, Jersey Shore appeared to regain some life as it opened the second quarter.
"I wanted to get some of the younger guys experience for next year," Barnhart said. "Danville is a good team and I thought it was important for them to get that experience. The seniors were playing so flat that we needed some type of spark. By pulling the seniors and putting the younger kids in when the seniors re-entered they started playing a little bit."
After the team's mass benching, the Bulldogs responded with a 9-0 run through the early portion of the second quarter to cut Danville's advantage down to four points.
Eric Huling started the offensive surge with a steal and layup with that being followed by a Pauling long ball to force a Danville timeout. The brief stoppage did little to stop the run as Jersey Shore added four more points to cut Danville's lead down to 20-16.
Jersey Shore continued to push throughout the quarter, outscoring the opposition 14-7 over the eight minute stretch. Tyler Foulkrod added the exclamation point at the end of the quarter as he buried a long shot to pull Jersey Shore within 25-21 at the buzzer.
"It gave us momentum at halftime," Barnhart said. "It was an important shot."
Jersey Shore opened the third with a continuation of the first half surge scoring six of the first eight points of the second half. The offensive momentum gave the Bulldogs its first chance at taking a lead with the Ironmen only in front by 27-26.
And in a scene that was common throughout the night, Danville responded with an 11-5 run to push its lead back up to seven.
"They play transition ball and are very difficult to slow down," Barnhart said. "We tried to get our guys underneath the basket, when they didn't grab a rebound, to slowdown the outlet. We just weren't executing what we needed to do."
Jersey Shore's offense was paced by Caleb Barnhart, who added 14 points in his final home start for the Bulldogs. Another bright spot for Jersey Shore on its final home game of the season was freshman Brody Smith, who posted points in each quarter en route to finishing with 11 on the night.
"Brody Smith came in and shot a couple three's for us," Barnhart said. "He's a freshman guard and I thought he did a real nice job."
Andrew Andreychik 6 2-4 16; Ross Litz 5 0-2 10; David Vitunac 2 2-2 7; Alec Buck 1 0-0 2; Kyle Gruss 3 2-2 8; Matt McConnell 2 0-0 6; Scott Heeter 0 0-0 0; Bret Berg 7 0-0 17; Robbin Seebold 0 0-0 0; Michael Vitale 0 0-0 0; Zach Kozick 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 6-10 68.
Jersey Shore (48)
Caleb Barnhart 7 0-0 14; Logan Bechtol 2 0-0 4; Jared Fisher 0 0-0 0; Zach Hutto 0 0-0 0; Tellef Notevarp 0 0-0 0; Tyler Pauling 2 0-0 6; Jeff Dincher 0 0-0 0; Tyler Foulkrod 1 0-0 3; Eric Huling 1 1-4 4; Brody Smith 4 0-0 11. Totals 19 3-6 48.
Danville 18 7 18 25-68
Jersey Shore 7 14 15 12-48
3-point goals: Danville 8 (McConnell 2, Berg 3, Andreychik 2, Vitunac). Jersey Shore 7 (Huling, Tyler Fulkrod, Pauling 2, Smith 3).
JV score: 62-46, Danville High scorers: Danville Austin Renz, 26. Jersey Shore: Tevin Fulkrod, 12.
Records: Jersey Shore (8-14). Danville (19-2). Next: Jersey Shore at Mifflinburg, Wednesday, 7:30.