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DILLSBURG >> James Buchanan turned on its defense Tuesday night and came home with a 48-41 Mid Penn Colonial Division boys basketball victory over Northern York.

“The defensive effort was really impressive tonight,” Rockets coach Larry Strawoet said. “We got our edge back and played good defense in crucial spots.”

JB (7-4, 3-2 MPC) held the Polar Bears to 14 points in the first half and outscored them 17-11 in the final quarter after nursing a one-point lead after three.

In that fourth quarter Zach Vosburg tallied 10 of his 12 points. He also added six rebounds and four assists.

Strawoet said, “Zach had a big fourth quarter and kind of came out of his shell tonight. We also got some good bench minutes tonight.”

Ryan Hege had nine points and horsed the boards for 18 rebounds, and Cody Tacker also had nine points for the Rockets.

James Buchanan 48, Northern York 41

James Buchanan (48)

Jared Pine 0 0-0 0, Gage Piper 1 3-4 6, Zach Vosburg 4 4-7 12, Toby Sowers 2 2-4 6, Hunter Sowers 3 0-1 6, Cody Tacker 3 2-2 9, Ryan Hege 3 3-6 9, Kyle Buchanan 0 0-0 0. Totals — 16 14-24 48.

Northern York (41)

McGill 1 0-0 3, Jacobs 2 0-0 5, Sacoman 1 1-2 3, Robinson 1 0-0 2, Grinder 2 0-0 4, Topper 0 1-2 1, Clendaniel 2 2-2 7, Leitholf 2 2-2 6, Shelly 1 2-2 4, Walsh 3 0-0 6. Totals — 16 8-10 41.

James Buchanan  _ 9 _ 9 _ 13 _ 17 _ — _ 48

Northern York _ 6 _ 8 _ 16 _ 11 _ — _ 41

3-point goals — JB (Piper, Tacker), NY (McGill, Jacobs, Clendaniel).

JV score — Northern 41, James Buchanan 32. Alex Giffin 9 scored 9 points for JB.

Shippensburg  44, Boiling Springs 37 >> Shippensburg pulled away late in a Mid Penn Colonial Division game against Boiling Springs to keep its league slate clean.

The Greyhounds (8-4, 6-0 MPC) had lost three straight games out of the division.

“It wasn’t real pretty, but we’ll take it,” Ship coach Ray Staver said. “We’ve had 11 games in the last 25 days, but we’re mostly Tuesday-Friday the rest of the way. We need to get back to work and start doing the things well that we were doing earlier.”

The Hounds led early on the strength of an advantage on the boards, but the Polar Bears caught up. Then Shippensburg reeled off 12 straight in the third period and led by 11 early in the fourth. But Northern crept back to within 36-34.

Then Shuntan Hickman (11 points) fed Carter Van Scyoc (12 points) with a long pass for a layup, Van Scyoc hit four straight foul shots and Wade Mills (10 points, 8 rebounds) finished it off with a breakaway layup.

Boiling Springs 37, Shippensburg  44

Boiling Springs (37)

Breon 5 3-3 15, Goshorn 3 0-0 6, Dockens 3 0-0 7, Edwards 0 0-2 0, Hacker 2 0-0 4, Bowers 2 0-0 5. Totals — 15 3-5 37 .

Shippensburg (44)

Clayton Stine 1 0-0 3, Cody Gustafson 2 1-2 5, Wade Mills 4 2-2 10, Teagan Staver 1 0-0 2, Shuntan Hickman 5 0-0 11, Carter Van Scyoc 4 4-4 12, Garret Cavanaugh 0 1-2 1, Adam Houser 0 0-0 0, Payton Fridinger 0 0-0 0. Totals — 17 8-10 44.

Boiling Springs _ 14 _ 7 _ 5 _ 11 _ — _ 37

Shippensburg _ 8 _ 12 _ 12 _ 12 _ — _ 44

3-point goals — BS 4 (Breon 2, Dockens, Bowers), Ship 2 (Stine, Hickman).

JV score — Shippensburg 35,  Boiling Springs 31. Alaric Hickman led the Hounds with 11 points.

Greencastle-Antrim 62, Big Spring 44 >> Big Spring surprised Greencastle-Antrim in the first half, taking a 24-19 lead into the break, but it was all Blue Devils in the second half of their Mid Penn Colonial Division scrap.

G-A (7-2, 4-1 MPC) out-scored the Bulldogs 43-20 in the second half.

“We scored 19 in the first and 43 in the second - we really put it together with two 20-plus point quarters,” Greencastle coach Gary Martin said. “They played hard and caught us off-guard, but we regrouped.”

Casey Hoover tallied 29 points, including six 3-pointers, to carry the load on offense the for Blue Devils. Bryan Gembe also netted 16 points.

Greencastle 62, Big Spring 44

Greencastle (62)

Brandon Stuhler 2 1-2 5, Spencer Meyers 2 1-2 6, Sam Sprague 0 0-0 0, Ian Gelsinger 1 0-0 2, Casey Hoover 10 3-3 29, Bryan Gembe 7 1-2 16, Matt Lutz 2 0-0 4, Ben Freeman 0 0-0 0. Totals — 24 6-13 62..

Big Spring (44)

Ryker Armond 5 0-1 12, Nick Black 2 0-0 5, Bryce Ruth 5 2-5 12, Josh Header 1 1-2 3, Peyton Bechtold 4 3-5 12. Totals —17 6-13 44.

Greencastle _ 10_ 9 _ 22 _ 21 _ — _ 62

Big Spring _ 6 _ 18 _ 11 _ 9 _ — _ 44

3-point goals — GA 8 (Hoover 6, Meyers, Gembe), BS 4 (Armond 2, Black, Bechtold).

JV score — Big Spring 53, Greencastle 49. Bryson Robinson scored 19 points for G-A.

Forbes Road 57, Belleville Mennonite 46 >> Forbes Road got a bit of a scare after a rough third quarter, but the Cardinals escaped with a non-league victory.

Forbes Road led 30-17 at halftime, but the Trojans won the third frame, 16-4, to make for a tight game at the end.

“We came out and played hard from the beginning and played good defense,” Cardinal coach Trent Black. “We came out flat in the third and let them back in it, but the boys battled back and got the win.”

Aaron Schepis had a fine effort for Forbes Road (3-7) by scoring 21 points, and Grayson Hall added nine points. The victory snapped a four-game Cardinal losing skid.

Forbes Road 57, Belleville 46

Belleville (46)

Anders 8 2-5 23, Byler 5 2-2 12, Yoder 2 2-2 6, Halfpenny 2 1-2 5. Totals — 17 7-11 46.

Forbes Road (57)

Aaron Schepis 6 8-11 21, Grayson Hall 4 2-2 10, Matt Brown 3 3-6 9, Brycen Hohman 3 0-2 7, Talon Blair 2 2-2 6, Jackson Chilcote 1 0-0 2, Michael Fleck 1 0-0 2. Totals — 20 15-27 57.

Belleville Menn. _ 4 _ 13 _16 _ 13 _ — _ 46

Forbes Road _ 14 _ 16 _ 4 _ 23 _ — _ 57

3-point goals — Bell 5 (Anders 5), FR 2 (Schepis, Blair).

Shalom Christian 53, Heritage 36 >> After trailing 6-4 after the first quarter, Shalom Christian turned up the heat and claimed a Mason-Dixon Christian Conference victory over Heritage Academy.

“I felt we came out a little nonchalant and really allowed Heritage to be the more aggressive team,” Flames coach Danley Shank said. “We were a step slow after loose balls, but did a better job of being more aggressive and getting the ball inside the second half.”

Shalom (9-3, 4-0 MDCC) scored at least 14 points in each of the next three quarters.

Jonah Stains led the Flames with 18 points, and Cameron Roseman was right behind with 16 points, including all four of Shalom’s 3-pointers. Barrett Eshbaugh also cracked double figures with 11 points.

Shalom 53, Heritage 36

Heritage (36)

Tyler Horst 0 1-2 1, Will Faith 6 0-1 13, Ben Jackson 2 0-0 4, Daniel Hendershot 3 0-0 8, Khalid Smith 0 1-2 1, Nate Gaylor 3 1-2 9. Totals — 14 3-7 36.

Shalom (53)

Logan Martin 0 0-0 0, Connor Tiedemann 0 0-0 0, Chase Martin 1 0-0 2, Barrett Eshbaugh 5 1-1 11, Coby Roseman 0 0-0 0, Travis West 0 0-0 0, Jerry Min 0 0-0 0, Cameron Roseman 6 0-0 16, Josh Coldsmith 0 0-0 0, Micahel Fagan 0 0-0 0, Jacob Nicholas 0 0-0 0, Jonah Stains 9 0-0 18, Micah Lehman 3 0-0 6. Totals — 24 1-1 9.

Heritage _ 6 _ 13 _ 5 _ 12 _ — _ 36

Shalom Chr. _ 4 _ 18 _ 17 _ 14 _ — _ 53

3-point goals — Her 5 (Hendershot 2, Gaylor 2, Faith), SC 4 (Ca.Roseman 4).

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