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SHIPPENSBURG - Boiling Springs senior Matt Gelber topped 20 points for the third time this season, and it was his red-hot start that the Bubblers rode to an early lead, and, eventually, a 61-46 victory over Shippensburg in Mid Penn Colonial Division boys basketball action Tuesday night.
Gelber put in nine points in the opening stanza as the Bubblers led 16-6 at the end of one. He ended with a game-high 22 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field, 7-of-8 from the charity stripe and a 3-pointer in the his only try from beyond the arc to lead the way.
"Matt had a game like that last week where he scored 26 and didn't even play in the second quarter," Boiling Springs coach Pat Dieter said. "He's been playing very well for us this year."
Boiling Springs (9-4, 4-2 MPC) took a 30-14 lead on Sam Gelber's hoop with 1:44 left in the first half, but Ship put in the last eight of the half to trim the halftime deficit to 30-22.
Seth Frey and Austin Springer fueled the run with back-to-back trifectas, a spurt that started with Mac Miller's free throws with 1:35 left in the half.
Miller's hoop to start the third quarter sliced the lead to 30-24, but the Bubblers quickly pushed their advantage back to double digits and scored the last six points of the period to lead 50-35 heading for the fourth quarter.
"I had the chance to see Ship twice in the last week, so we kind of knew what to expect from them," Dieter said. "It's hard to win games on the road and we knew it would be tonight. We knew they would make a run, but we answered it well."
Ship (6-6, 3-3) closed the gap to 54-44 when Reid Singhas scored off an offensive rebound with 4:13 to go, and Dieter soon called time out.
The Bubblers went to the hot hand out of the timeout - they found Matt Gelber inside and he drew a foul. He sank both free throws with 3:55 left and that started a 9-0 run to put the game out of reach. The Hounds went scoreless for almost four minutes before Britton Hastings scored with 27 seconds left.
Boiling Springs employed a 1-3-1 trap that gave Ship fits all night long. The Bubblers forced 22 turnovers and held the Hounds to 19-of-47 (40 percent) shooting from the field.
"We got back on our heels early and fell in a big hole," Ship coach Ray Staver said. "They took advantage of our young guards with their trap and pushed us to the sidelines with it. Once we were there, they were able to force a lot of turnovers out of it."
Sam Gelber joined his brother in double figures with 11 points and collected 10 rebounds, while Matt Contreras came off the bench to put in 14.
Miller led the Hounds with 14 points, while Singhas, who was held to six points, grabbed five boards and blocked six shots.
"I thought Reid Singhas was very active on defense tonight," Staver said. "He didn't score much, but he gave us a good effort."
Boiling Springs 61
Jackie Lithgow 0-3 1-2 1, Colby Hostetter 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Gelber 4-8 3-5 11, Matt Gelber 7-12 7-8 22, Andrew Keller 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Wise 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Pittinger 2-6 3-4 8, B.J. McHenry 2-3 0-1 5, Eric Contreras 6-9 2-4 14, Grant Lay 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-43 16-24 61.
Britton Hastings 1-3 0-0 2, Mac Miller 5-14 2-3 14, Austin Springer 1-2 0-0 3, Nathan Thrush 0-1 0-0 0, Seth Frey 3-7 0-1 7, Ty Kater 3-5 0-0 6, Reid Singhas 3-6 0-2 6, Tony Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Cordell Shannon 2-3 0-0 4, Spencer VanScyoc 1-4 2-2 4, Clint Bake 0-0 0-0 0, Jeremy Wray 0-0 0-0 0, Bryce Hastings 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-47 4-8 46.
Boiling Springs 16 14 20 11 - 61
Shippensburg 6 16 13 11 - 46
3-point shots - Boil 3-8 (M.Gelber, Pittinger, McHenry); Ship 4-17 (Miller 2, Springer, Frey). Shooting - Boil 48.8%; Ship 40.4%. Rebounds - Boil 29 (S.Gelber 10); Ship 27 (Frey, SInghas 5). Assists - Boil 8 (McHenry 3); Ship 9 (Frey 3). Turnovers - Boil 13; Ship 22.
JV: Shippensburgt 51, Boiling Springs 43. Teagan Staver and Zaen Miller led Ship with 14 points each.
Next game: Friday, at home vs. Gettysburg, 7:30.