By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- It wasn't the type of start Tim Foor wanted to see.
Shikellamy trailed Selinsgrove by a point and Foor knew his Braves were a little stagnant in the first quarter. But they came out for the second quarter and picked it up defensively, and that's all Foor needed to see.
Shikellamy turned around the slow start, opening the second quarter with a 15-0 run to build a 14-point lead and put its cross-river rival into a big hole it couldn't overcome.
"That sort of set the tone for the rest of the game," Foor said of the run.
Shikellamy fended off any Selinsgrove comeback attempts and kept the defensive pressure up to defeat the Seals, 50-34, in a HAC-I showdown Friday night in the Phil Lockcuff Gymnasium at the Shikellamy Field House.
"We knew we could come out and put a run on them. We came out with some fire in the second quarter because we didn't play so well in the first," Shikellamy senior CJ Tyler said. "It was nice to get that cushion. Then from there, we could kind of coast and continue to play hard. It was nice to have that lead."
The Braves (4-5, 3-0 HAC-I) nearly held Selinsgrove (0-7, 0-3 HAC-I) scoreless through the second quarter. The only points the Seals put up in the second came on two treys: one by Ethan Fadale with 1:07 to play, which halted the 15-0 run, and the other almost 30 seconds later by Isaiah Rapp.
Selinsgrove kept the game interesting throughout the third quarter by exchanging baskets with Shikellamy to keep bringing the deficit to single digits. The Seals cut it to six (24-18) thanks to two free throws from Jake Strickler with 5:25 to play. However that was as close as Selinsgrove could make it.