By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
SUNBURY -- Shikellamy wasted pretty much no time in celebrating its victory in the locker room after downing Jersey Shore on Friday night. Once behind the closed doors, the team was on cloud nine and coach Tim Foor even got in on it, doing the "Gangnam Style" dance for his team.
It was the kind of win that you need to lift a team a little after a tough loss and give you confidence again.
"We were all very, very excited," Shikellamy junior guard C.J. Tyler said. "We knew it was big. We knew we needed this one. (It's) very exciting."
After an extremely lopsided loss earlier this week to Danville, what the Braves needed was to respond with a win, and did they ever.
Shikellamy erased a huge 16-point deficit in the second quarter and made a great comeback win at the Shikellamy Field House against the Bulldogs, 57-54, in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I game.
"I can't be more proud (of this team)," Foor said. "They showed a lot of mental toughness down the stretch. It's a big win for our program right now."
Jersey Shore (7-6, 4-3) opened the first quarter with a 6-0 run as the Braves (7-6, 5-2) committed five turnovers in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game and attempted just one single shot in the first four minutes. The Braves' first points from the floor came at 2:26 as the team then trailed by eight.
Shikellamy routinely cut the deficit into single-digits late in the second quarter only to see the Bulldogs increase it.
The Braves played aggressive in the final quarter and started going after loose balls and forcing key turnovers, as the Bulldogs committed 12, to start to turn the tide.
"We always try to play with some energy. That's what we've been trying to do and getting loose balls is a big thing with that," C.J. Tyler said. "Once you do that, you kind of get excited. Everyone gets motivated and we were ready to go and get the win."