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February 19, 2014

Shade advances to District 5-A boys semifinals

CAIRNBROOK — Shade advanced to a semifinal berth in the District 5 Class A boys quarterfinals on Wednesday with a 50-38 win over Rockwood.

“It was nice to get this one under our belt,” Shade coach Wade Fyock said.

The Panthers spotted Rockwood its only lead of the game a minute in on a Logan Svonavec basket before an eight-point run to force an early Rocket time out.

Shade went on to carry the opening quarter by a 13-4 margin, with Nash Walker scoring nine of his game-high 19 points.

Walker was healthy for the first time in the past four Panther contests, having missed three of them.

Walker’s presence was a calming effect for the Panthers, and provided assists to other players for easy looks at the hoop.

Shade outscored the Rockets 14-11 in the second quarter, despite going more than three minutes without a point for a 27-15 halftime lead.

When Shade created a 25-15 lead with 56 second left in the half, it gave the Panthers a double-digit lead, which they managed for the remainder of the game.

Shade’s largest lead was 18 points with 5:26 left in the game on a Corey Mains basket.

Rockwood had a 15-14 edge in first-half rebounds and had eight turnovers compared to 14 for Shade.

Both teams were patient throughout the game on offense against stubborn man-to-man defenses, but Shade had a distinct advantage at the foul line, shooting 12 of 22 to only 1 of 4 for the Rockets.

The difference ws most noticeable in the second half, when the Panthers netted nine free throw points while Rockwood did not attempt any.

They played to a 23-all draw in the second half. Shade had a 14-12 third-quarter margin and Rockwood outscored the Panthers 11-9 in the final frame.

Shade outrebounded Rockwood 14-8 in the second half.

Rockwood’s Ethan Keefer hit three 3-pointers in the second half from the left wing, accounting for nine of his team-high 13 points. Jeremy Pyles added 11 points for Shade and Avery Deskevich 10 for Rockwood to round out double-figure scorers.

Shade will play Berlin at Somerset on Friday night. Rockwood closes out the season with an 11-10 record.

The Rockets were playing without one of their starters, Brady Yachere, who had been in a traffic accident earlier in the day.

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