4-guard offense leads Tigers by Gettysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Hollidaysburg Area High School boys basketball coach Brad Lear finally got a chance to unveil his four-guard offense Saturday afternoon, and he couldn’t have been more happy with the result.

After trailing by as many as 10 points midway through the second quarter, Lear made the switch to four guards and the Golden Tigers, behind a big second half, rolled over Gettysburg, 61-43, at the HAHS gym.

“We figured we were best running that (four guards),” Lear said after the Tigers outscored the Warriors, 47-19, over the last two and a half quarters. “We hadn’t had a chance to do that yet this year, but we’ve been talking about it and looking forward to when that situation came.”

The Tigers usually start three guards – Nick Consiglio, Max Sheets and Ryan Adams – and two big men – Jesse Ottaway and Jake Holsopple. The top sub has been David Snyder, a 5-foot-10 junior, who spells all of the guards.

“We’ve been trying to get David Snyder into the game more because he’s such a fireplug on defense and defense,” Lear said. “He does a lot of things right and I felt like that might have been a turning point when (Gettysburg) decided to go to that (five guards).

“We weren’t sure we could handle their tweeners,” Lear said of Gettysburg’s lineup. “I told Holsopple and (Zach) Simpson (the first inside sub) that we were going to do it for the good of the team and that was a big turning point.”

With Gettysburg holding a 24-14 lead midway through the second, Lear inserted Snyder, who made an immediate impact both offensively and defensively. Snyder scored seven second-half points and put the clamps on Tim Lampe, who had scored eight first-half points for Gettysburg. Snyder held Lampe to one bucket in the second half.

Hollidaysburg scored the first 11 points of the second half to grab a 35-27 lead and prevailed 39-34 after three periods. Consiglio’s 3-pointer tied the game at 27 and Ottaway’s short jumper pushed the Tigers on top. They outscored Gettysburg, 22-9, in the fourth quarter to win going away.

“(Snyder) is just one of those kids who does everything good,” Lear said. “He’s not going to do anything flashy, he’s just going to do good fundamentally. When we need someone to jump around and get some deflections, he’s the one who gets it done.

“I thought he was huge rebounding, too,” Lear noted. “He got some at the end and made some real good passes. Anytime we can get those four (guards) on the floor together, especially when we have Ottaway in the middle to retract everything inside, that’s pretty valuable.”

Snyder was happy with the Tigers’ performance, too, and downplayed his role in the victory.

“We just played how we want to play,” Snyder said, “and got rebounds and fastbreaks. It was just Tiger basketball.

“(Gettysburg) played five guards, (coach) put me in and we made a run,” Snyder said.

Gettysburg coach Jeff Bair was disappointed with the outcome.

“They made open shots and extended the lead,” Bair said of the turnaround. “They did a good job, especially in the fourth quarter.

“We had to play catchup, and didn’t do a very good job.”

The Tigers will make up a game at Richland onThursday.

GETTYSBURG (43): Bortner 5 1-2 11, M. Lampe 0 0-0 0, T. Lampe 4 2-3 10, Camel 3 0-0 8, Turner 2 0-0 5, C. Weiker 1 2-4 4, Ringler 0 0-0 0, Dillard 1 0-0 2, B. Weikert 1 0-0 3. Totals – 17 5-9 43.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (61): Sheetz 3 3-4 10, Adams 3 3-5 9, Ottaway 4 1-1 9, Consiglio 6 2-2 18, Holsopple 2 0-0 4, Snyder 3 0-0 7, Viduya 0 0-0 0, Simpson 1 0-0 2, Gates 1 0-0 2, Hollipsky 0 0-0 0. Totals – 23 9-12 61.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Gettysburg12 15 7 9 – 43

Hollidaysburg6 18 15 22 – 61

3-point goals: Gettysburg 4 (Camel 2, B. Weikert, Turner); Hollidaysburg 6 (Consiglio 4, Sheetz, Snyder).

Officials: Dan Gale, Jeff Fisher, Tom Fontaine.

Records: Gettysburg (8-6); Hollidaysburg (8-5).

JV: Hollidaysburg, 40-37. High scorer-Austin Finochio, H, 16.