Hicks came up big for Shen early in the fourth quarter. The junior guard drained a three-pointer and added a pair of free throws to put the Plainsmen up 52-49.
The lead changed hands three times after Hicks made his free throws before Shaker began pulling away. Malik Dare got the Blue Bison going with a pair of free throws. Then, Landers drove the baseline for a layup to make the score 59-55.
A Dylan Molloy three-pointer cut Shaker’s lead to 59-58 before Yakel hit his three to give the Blue Bison control.
“That three wouldn’t have been possible if my teammates hadn’t been playing well,” said Yakel.
“We had all kinds of contributions at different times,” said Holmes.
Morrison had 21 points, and Landers added 18 points for the Blue Bison. Teddy McCarthy paced Shen with 12 points.
“It was a great night and a great event,” said Dzikas. “I am proud the boys made it an entertaining game.”
Shen girls fall in fourth quarter
Shenendehowa girls basketball coach Joe Murphy knows his team is capable of beating the best in Section II. He also knows it’s a process.
“We’re getting closer,” said Murphy following Shen’s 51-43 Subur-ban Council loss to Shaker last Thursday at Siena College. “We just can’t get over the hump.”
Hitting clutch shots in the fourth quarter has been a problem for the Lady Plainsmen (4-3 league, 6-3 overall). They missed several shots down the stretch against Shaker (8-0, 10-0) that might have given them a chance to win the game.
“We had some good looks (at the basket),” said Murphy, who is in his first year as Shen’s varsity coach. “We just couldn’t get them to fall.”
Shen had the pieces in place to earn its first quality league win. With leading scorer Madison Rowland in foul trouble for much of the first half, Shaker struggled to get its offense in gear. That allowed the Lady Plainsmen to rally from an early 9-2 deficit to tie the score at 23 by halftime.