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February 27, 2013

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

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"Ernie got the ball to me and I didn't have time to think," Tyler said. "I knew there could not have been much time left and just let it go and it was nothing but net."

Winning coach Tim Foor could only wait until the horn went off before he could look up at the scoreboard and realize the significance of the shot.

"I heard my assistants yelling but until the ball went through the net I didn't want to say anything," Foor said. "This is a credit to these players who played so hard and to come up big against the quality of Danville's team is just fantastic. These players earned the win and deserved it."

Danville took the early lead in the game behind the torrid outside shooting of Scott Heeter and Kozick, who combined for three treys and propel the Ironmen to a 19-11 advantage after eight minutes.

Heeter and Kozick each drained a 3-pointer in the second quarter to help the Ironmen grab their biggest lead, 30-19, but the Braves did not buckle under. They calmly battled and went into the break trailing, 30-22, after back-to-back treys by Derek Amerman and Ernie Tyler.

"I told the players we had the momentum after fighting back and we just had to do better scoring in the paint," Foor said.

Danville coach Lenny Smith pointed to Shikellamy's run at the end of the first half as being huge in their staying in the game.

"We got hurt when Bret Berg hurt his ankle and Tyler came down and hit that trey before the break," Smith said. "That gave them the momentum but in the second half they played great defense and we allowed their shooters to get into good position on the perimeter; we missed too many assignments. But give them credit they played hard and made all the big shots when they needed them."

The Braves turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and forced the Ironmen into 13 turnovers while doing a better job of limiting Danville's second and third shots.

Ernie Tyler led the Braves with 18 points while Mowery added 10. Danville was led by Kozick's 14 points and Heeter contributed 12.

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