JERSEY SHORE - Loyalsock wanted to play up-tempo Monday night at Jersey Shore, getting out and running while hitting some 3-pointers.
The Lancers were doing that in the first half, but Jersey Shore kept within striking distance. Down by 14 at halftime, Jersey Shore still was in the game and had a chance to close the gap. But nothing could prepare the Bulldogs for what was about to happen in the third quarter.
Loyalsock came out firing on all cylinders as it started the third quarter on a 19-0 run as the lead ballooned to 33. Loyalsock ended up winning, 94-48.
Loyalsock guard Mike Pastore was the catalyst for the Lancers in the third quarter as he hit three 3-pointers in that run and assisted on two others by Tommy Baggett (11 points 3 rebounds).
"Well once we hit one, we just had momentum," said Pastore, who ended the game with 20 points on five 3s and seven assists. "We just kept moving the ball and finding open shots and knocked them down."
The third quarter belonged to Pastore, but the first quarter belonged to Omar Little, the second belonged to Sosa and the fourth belonged to reserve guard Shabbir Gibson.
Little got the Lancers rolling with a strong first quarter, as he had 10 points and ended the half with 15, including an emphatic fast break dunk over a Jersey Shore defender. In the second quarter, Ben Sosa took control inside by scoring 10 of his 14 points. Many of Sosa's buckets came off great passes by Kyle Datres (4 points, 8 assists). Gibson finished the game strong by scoring all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.
It was a true team effort by the Lancers as they also received strong efforts from Brennan Casale (4 points, 3 rebounds) and Wes LaPoint (9 points, 2 rebounds).
Coming into the game Loyalsock coach Ron Insinger was concerned about the size of Jersey Shore, especially 6-foot-6 center Ryan Eck.
"Everyone had to box out, not just our bigs," said Insigner. "The guards had to box out too and we wanted to limit them to one shot and we wanted to get them into a full court game. We just didn't want them to dictate the tempo and get us in a half court game cause when he (Eck) posts up he's unstoppable."
Loyalsock did a good job of limiting the behemoth center, as he finished with four points but he did haul in nine rebounds.
Jersey Shore played well in the first half, as it was keeping pace with the fast Lancers and even got many baskets in the open court. The Bulldogs never backed down from the Lancers and fought until the end but it struggled in the half court and couldn't finish at the rim.
"I think from our standpoint we didn't execute in the first half, we didn't finish our shots, we missed so many fast break layups," said Jersey Shore coach Butch Barnhart. "We just couldn't stop the three, it was three after three after three and then that's a little demoralizing and our kids get down a bit."
Shore had some bright spots with the play of point guard Eric Huling (3 points, 7 assists), Cody Confair (13 points, 3 rebounds) and Zach Miller (11 points).
Kyle Datres 2 0-0 4, Omar Little 5 4-5 15, Mike Pastore 7 1-2 20, Brennan Casale 2 0-0 4, Tommy Baggett 4 0-0 11, Wes LaPoint 3 3-5 9, Ben Sosa 7 0-0 14, Shabbir Gibson 5 0-0 11, Ryan Loeh 1 1-2 3, Cory Young 1 0-0 3, Luke Glavin 0 0-2 0. Totals 37 9-16 94.
Jersey Shore (48)
Jake Bitzler 1 1-2 3, Eric Huling 1 2-2 4, Steven Baier 4 0-0 8, Brody Smith 2 1-1 5, Brandon Thompson 0 0-0 0, Cody Confair 6 0-0 13, Brennan Eiswerth 0 0-0 0, River Haines 0 0-0 0, Ryan Eck 2 0-2 4, Zach Miller 5 1-2 11, Cam Boyer 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 5-9 48.
Loyalsock 21 22 34 17- 94
Jersey Shore 14 15 13 6- 48
3-point goals: Loyalsock 11 (Pastore 5, Baggett 3, Little 1, Gibson 1, Young 1); Jersey Shore 1 (Confair)
JV score: Loyalsock 58-42
Records: Loyalsock (6-0); Jersey Shore (2-3) Next game: Loyalsock vs. Upper Darby at State College Tourney (Sat.) Jersey Shore at Wellsboro Christmas Tournament (Fri.)