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February 27, 2013

C.J. Tyler's shot beats the buzzer as Shikellamy tops Danville

COAL TOWNSHIP -- C.J. Tyler knew there was precious little time left on the clock.

So he let the shot fly and when the crowd raced onto the floor Tuesday night, the junior guard knew his shot was successful.

Shikellamy ended a 12-game losing streak to defending district champion Danville, stunning the top-seeded Ironmen, 50-47, in the District 4 Class AAA semifinals at Shamokin on Tyler's buzzer-beater.

The victory puts the Braves back into the district title game -- against either Milton or Athens later this week -- and also earns Shikellamy its second consecutive trip to the state playoffs.

The Braves could not have picked a better time to end the Ironmen's dominance on the hardwood and Tyler, who came into the contest struggling from the perimeter, came up with the biggest shot of his young career to pull off the stunning upset of the top-seeded Danville squad.

The Braves' defense allowed the visitors to stay within striking distance of the upset all night long. Danville's Austin Renz drilled two big 3-pointers in the stanza to put the Ironmen up 43-40 before Shikellamy's Zach Herbster rebounded a miss into two points to cut the deficit to 43-42.

Bret Berg gave Danville the lead, 45-42, on a driving layup before senior Ernie Tyler, C.J.'s older brother, again pulled the visitors to within a point, 45-44, on a pair of free throws. Zack Kozick provided the Ironmen with their final advantage, 47-44, but the Braves again responded with yet another big shot when Ernie Tyler buried a trey with 41 seconds remaining to forge a 47-47 deadlock.

The Ironmen brought the ball down the floor looking for the last shot but strong defensive pressure forced Danville to put a shot earlier than it expected. Ernie Tyler grabbed the rebound and whipped it down court to his brother, who gave a little fake and let the ball go with .7 seconds showing. The end result was nothing but net and complete bedlam as the winners enjoyed a rare win over one of their biggest rivals.

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