Jonas Page scored a season-high 27 points, and the unbeaten Indians cruised past the Shippensburg Greyhounds 71-48 Friday night in the Hounds Invitational championship game.
"Coach kept saying keep shooting, keep shooting, and everyone kept feeding me the ball," Page said. "This is a close group, a very unselfish group. We go out there each and every night and try to have fun for 32 minutes, while keeping everyone involved in the game."
Joe Marshall added 10 points for Susquehanna, which extended the Mid Penn Conference's longest winning streak to nine games. The Indians haven't lost since dropping a 47-43 decision to Trinity in the first round of the District 3 Class AAA playoffs on Feb. 21.
ST coach Vince Rogers said, "I'm extremely pleased where we're at right now because we're playing very well as a team. We're running a lot of kids in and out, there's no egos out here, everyone is sacrificing a little something, and everyone is buying into what we're trying to do as a program."
The Indians (9-0) used a 10-0 run to take an 18-8 lead in the first quarter, and never looked back. The Greyhounds went six straight possessions without a field goal during that stretch and Page scored eight straight points in the run.
Hitting jumpers and 3-pointers from all over the court, the 6-foot-6 senior finished 11-for-16 from the field and 5-of-8 on 3s.
Rogers said, "He made everything a little easier because the whole team fed off that. Once he starts knocking shots down it gives our other kids so much more confidence. When he gets into that rhythm he's hard to stop."
Shippensburg pulled within five on Reid Singhas' layup two minutes into the second period. But Susquehanna scored 12 in a row capped by a Jordan Milberry's runner. The Hounds didn't get closer than 13 the rest of the way.
"I thought we played hard, we just didn't always play smart," Shippensburg coach Ray Staver said. "But those are the things they've got to learn and hopefully we can take from this situation. I mean if they (Susquehanna Twp.) can play any better than that, I'd like to see it."
Staver thought Page was the difference.
"I was told by someone that he was the best shooter in the Harrisburg area," Staver said. "I told our kids at halftime, you just saw that."
Singhas was nearly a one-man show for the Hounds. The senior shook off early foul trouble to score 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Singhas also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Singhas said, "Jonas Page was just incredible. It was pick your poison tonight - inside, they have a lot of height and size, but then you have to defend the perimeter as well. We're proud of our effort, we just wish it could have been a little closer in the fourth."
Shippensburg (5-4) shot 38.3 percent as starters Britton Hastings, Bryce Hastings, Mac Miller, and Tyrell Kater were a combined 4-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Hounds also committed 18 turnovers leading to 23 points.
"I don't know if you can prepare enough for their pressure," Staver said. "We had a walk-through practice this morning and over 50 percent of our time was spent on attacking their pressure. But our kids can't mimic their pressure."
The Indians, who came in averaging 64.4 points per game, shot 45 percent (27-of-60) from the floor and converted 11 of 15 free throws. Page had nine rebounds, accounting for much of ST's 36-25 advantage on the boards.
Notes: Roshon Fields had 13 points to lead Greater Johnstown to a 56-54 victory over Annville-Cleona in the consolation ... Joining Page on the all-tournament team were teammates Marshall, Milberry and Nehemiah Mack, along with AC's Casey Smith and Ship's Tony Johnson.
Susquehanna Township 71
Jonas Page 11-16 0-0 27, Joe Marshall 4-7 2-2 10, Gabriel Mack 3-6 2-4 8, Quintin Ward 2-5 2-2 6, Jheran Dunbar 2-3 1-1 5, Jordan Milberry 2-5 0-0 4, Salavas Pope 1-3 2-4 4, Nehemiah Mack 1-4 0-0 3, Takhi Turner 1-5 0-0 2, Reggie Hopkins 0-2 2-2 2, Aidan Powers 0-4 0-0 0, J.R. Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Lawrence Holley 0-0 0-0 0, Roman Letterlough 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 11-15 71.
Reid Singhas 6-10 2-4 14, Cordell Shannon 3-4 0-0 8, Mac Miller 3-13 0-1 7, Tony Johnson 3-10 1-2 7, Tyrell Kater 1-3 2-6 4, Nathan Thrush 1-2 0-0 3, Spencer Van Scyoc 1-1 0-0 2, Seth Frey 0-1 2-2 2, Bryce Hastings 0-2 1-2 1, Austin Springer 0-1 0-0 0, Britton Hastings 0-0 0-0 0, Jeremy Wray 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 8-17 48.
Susquehanna Twp. 20 20 17 14 - 71
Shippensburg 12 12 9 15 - 48
3-point shots - ST 6-15 (Page 5, N.Mack); Ship 4-16 (Shannon 2, Miller, Thrush). Shooting - ST 45.0%; Ship 38.3%. Rebounds - ST 36 (Page 9); Ship 25 (Singhas 10). Assists - ST 18 (G.Mack 4); Ship 12 (Miller 3). Steals - ST 13 (Turner 4); Ship 2 (Singhas, Springer). Blocked shots - Ship 2 (Shannon, Singhas). Turnovers - ST 8; Ship 18. Fouls - ST 17; Ship 14.
Next game: Thursday, at home vs. New Oxford, 7:30.